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John Boyd Thacher State Park

New Scotland, Albany County

view from escarpment in fall, people looking at display
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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

Where to Watch

  • Trails
  • Observation overlook

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Hunting
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling

Accessible Features

International Symbol of Accessibility

This NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation site has some accessible features, including picnic areas and scenic overlooks. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


2,155 acres

Closest Town

New Scotland


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Contact Information

Telephone: 518-872-1237

Address: 1 Hailes Cave Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186

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