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Scenic and Natural History | Thacher State Park

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A fall day with the sun peeking above the tree line with crisp leaves on the ground.

The Capital Region is known for its scenic vistas and natural beauty. One of its wonders lies in the Helderberg mountains south of Albany.

John Boyd Thacher state park with its six miles of limestone cliffs, provides a sweeping panorama of the Hudson-Mohawk Valleys and the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

The park, a historic landmark for the study of geology, also contains one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world, and is the site of the historic Indian ladder trail.

The land was gifted to the state by former Albany mayor John Boyd Thacher's family in 1914 and has been expanded and maintained ever since.

With interpretive and recreational programs offered year-round, Thacher Park is a place to truly experience not only scenic wonder, but real moments, real life and real stories on New York's Path Through History.