Buttermilk Falls is a highlight of the area, but not the only reason to visit!

AKA: Horseshoe Falls

Peebles Island State Park is a small state-owned preserve in Watervliet, NY at the convergence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. There is one large crested waterfall located on the south-eastern corner of the preserve, which can be easily accessed from the outer rim trail. The waterfall is about 15′ high and has a crest measured at about 75′. This is not as impressive as Cohoes Falls, which is located less than a mile upriver, but still a very beautiful area to visit with the family.

Peebles Island offers many hiking trails, but bikes are not allowed. Pets, running, and hiking is allowed. Due to the abundance of deer and smaller wildlife, it is cautioned that you do not feed or approach any wild animals while visiting. Observing any of the animals on the preserve is is always a wonderful experience, though!

Although it is possible to enter the park by foot and incur no entrance fee, the park has an attendant during the summer that will collect $4 for a day pass, as of the date this article was published.

Find more trail details at the following links:
Peebles Island Trail Map


Waterfall Name: Buttermilk Falls
Alternative Name(s): n/a
Phone: …..
Website: …..

Classification: Analysis in Progress
Height: 6′ cascade
Crest: TBD
Access/Location Classification: Accessible/May not be verified

Waterway: Hudson River
Cave/Forest/Preserve Name: Peebles Island State Park
Clove/Gulch/Valley/Glen: n/a
Gorge/Hollow/Gulf/Gully/Ravine/Chasm: n/a
Lat/Long: 42.77641, -73.68749
Altitude (Appx Meters): 5.3

Town: Cohoes
County: Albany
NYS Tourism Region: Capital-Saratoga
NYS Tourism: https://esd.ny.gov/industries/tourism
NYDEC Region: Capital Region/Northern Catskills
NYDEC Contact: https://www.dec.ny.gov/about/558.html

Parking: 42.78495, -73.6806
Parking Notes: …..
Trail head: 42.78422, -73.68238
Trail Notes: .1 mile/Perimeter Trail 1.84 mi loop/Deer Run Trail .53 mi
We are in the process of collecting trails via www.WikiLoc.com, which we will make available in the near future. “Analysis In Progress”, “TBD”, and empty fields denote information currently being collected.

Originator: Russell Dunn
Source 2: Edward M. Smathers (www.DigTheFalls.com)
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