Summary: Peebles Island is a nature-lover's treasure. The Perimeter Trail winds through open meadows, a hardwood forest, along cliff tops, and past river rapids in it's two-mile loop. White-tail deer, beaver, skunks, hawks, owls and water fowl can be spotted, especially in the early morning hours.
Numerous trails criss-cross the island and are preferable during the summer months when the park receives a high volume of visitors. Fishing with a permit is allowed, and picnic tables are available along the route.
Though located within eye-shot of nearby towns, the rapids at the southeast shore drown out the sound of traffic, and three nearby uninhabited islands offer wilderness views to the west. Thus protected, Peebles Island offers nature walks that are both diverse and serene.
Trailhead: Follow Route 787 north into Cohoes. Go right onto Ontario Street, then left onto Delaware Avenue just before crossing the Hudson River. Peebles Island parking lot is at the end of Delaware Ave. (Lat:42.78494 Lon:-73.68098)
Trail Guides for Peebles Island Perimeter Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Peebles Island State Park & Resource Center, 518-237-8643
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jennifer Hanson, who has posted 4 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Brian B. on 10/27/2013
Spectacular trail system with incredible Fall landscape. I never knew this gem was right in our own backyard!
Reviewed by bob s. on 10/25/2013
great island with views of river, falls, dams, aninmal and beautiful trees.
Reviewed by DFT on 10/21/2013
Easy hike beautiful views. Good for our two small dogs as well.
Reviewed by ME on 8/23/2013
Decent hike, lovely view's around the outside trails of the water, waterfall, and dams. Not very well marked trails, bring the map incase you wanted to go on a specific route. Very beautiful walk, easy, and well cleared.
Reviewed by Jules on 3/26/2012
Peebles is the easiest place to hike, or like me, trail run. It's an easy 5k jog through the woods, peaceful and quiet in the early morning when I go. Very, very pretty. I can't wait til the trees start blooming, as I started in the early spring. Much nicer when it's still cool so you don't get that Hudson stank. A very good run, a super easy hike, all around good time.
Reviewed by CLS on 2/26/2012
Very nice even in the winter. Lots of view points and the cliffs are really cool. There are also many picnic benches around the trail so you can stop and have lunch.
Reviewed by BC on 11/5/2010
This is an easy local hike that my family likes to frequent. My toddler can hike most of "the island" and my 10 yr old loves to take pics here. The island is full of deer, nice scenery, falls & dams. Great afternoon hike with kids & a picnic!
Reviewed by Jackie on 8/14/2010
Pleasantly surprised! I have lived near Peebles Island my whole life & never went there. Lots of spots to stop & take pictures. We went & it hadnt rained in quite a while so the falls were dry. I would come back in the fall to see it & maybe spring too. I think the scenery would be great a 4 seasons. Its nice & easy but worth it.
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