John Boyd Thacher State Park
New Scotland, Albany County
Fossil-rich limestone tells a fascinating story of life in a shallow sea about 400 million years ago. Now, the sheer rock walls of the escarpment serve as a prime hawk-migration viewing area. From cliff-top overlooks, you'll have the unique experience of looking both up and down at raptors gliding on updrafts from the valley floor far below.
Wildlife to Watch
- Turkey vultures
- Red-spotted newts
- White-tailed deer
Where to Watch
- Observation overlook
- Cross-country skiing
This NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation site has some accessible features, including picnic areas and scenic overlooks.
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Address: 1 Hailes Cave Road, Voorheesville, NY
Website: John Boyd Thacher State Park (This link leaves DEC's website)
Photo credits: John Rozell, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; DEC