Plotter Kill Preserve

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Municipality: 
Price Range: 
Free
Family Friendly
Directions: 
NYS Thruway to Exit 25. Take I-890 West to Campbell Rd (Exit 2a). From Campbell Road, turn right on Putnam Road. Go 1.7 miles to State Route 159 (Mariaville Road). Turn right on Route 159 and go 1.9 miles to the Reserve sign and parking lot on the right. The Coplon Road entrance is accessible from Mariaville Road.

Plotter Kill Preserve

Type of Business: 
Mariaville Rd.
Rotterdam, NY 12306
Phone: 
(518) 386-2225
  • Wintertime at Plotter Kill Preserve
  • Wintertime at Plotter Kill Preserve
The Plotter Kill Preserve contains 632 acres of rugged hardwood and coniferous forest along the Plotter Kill, a scenic tributary to the Mohawk River. The gorge of the Plotter Kill was cut by melt waters at the close of the ice ages about 10,000 years ago. The ledges give the stream its name: platte (flat) and kill (creek): Please exercise caution when hiking in the Preserve; the terrain is very rugged with steep slopes and ledges near the trails. The Plotter Kill drops 900 feet in its 3.5 mile descent from Rynex Corners to the Mohawk River. There are three spectacular waterfalls: the Upper Falls, Lower Falls and the Rynex Creek Falls at the junction of Rynex Creek and the Plotter Kill. All are magnificent sights in spring high water and in winter ice. The Upper Falls is 60 feet high, and the others 40 feet. The Plotter Kill Preserve is wonderful for nature study. Over 600 species of plants have been found in the area including: trilliums, violets, lilies, ferns and club mosses.