Peebles Island State Park
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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rj3420
Cohoes, NY14 contributions
May 2016 • Family
We live close by and finally decided to spend some time here with the family.
Peebles offers a lot of trails and nature.
Beautiful place for photographers or people wanting to get reconnected with nature.
This can turn into an all day event or just a few hours depending on what you decide to do while there.
A lot of local historical places are close by and very interesting to see and read about.
Our family (children included all above age 10) have always enjoyed ourselves here.
We do have a special needs child whom depends on his wheelchair and while most places are accessible the trails are NOT!
We had to leave him home for one visit to test out trails and yes most trails lead to very exciting discoveries, however we would not have been able to reach them with his wheelchair.
I would also like to point out the trails that run along the rivers have some very steep "cliffs" I am unsure if I would bring a small child or pet with me when walking these.
We frequently go back here and find new things every time we visit both alone and with our kids. I would recommend Peebles to any nature lover out there.
Written January 1, 2017
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Jeffrey D
Troy, NY64 contributions
Sep 2018
Peebles Island is an interesting state park in the middle of the Mohawk River. There are no real amenities here, other than some picnic tables, but a walk of the perimeter trail yields interesting views of the river, and at low water a place where you can go splash around on the rocks. There are earthworks dating back to the Revolutionary War, when Waterford would have been the next stand if the Continental Army had lost at Saratoga. It is a nice relaxing place to get away and have a nice walk. On a recent trip we saw bald eagles, ducks, turtles, carp, deer, frogs, and more!
Written September 21, 2018
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Dave_NY55
Waterford, NY46 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
I am a member of the volunteer group "Friends of Peebles Island" which helps to preserve and promote the park. The island is mostly wooded and has about 3 miles of trails on it. You can hike the perimeter and see lots of deer and an eagle's nest. There are cliffs and waterfalls along the way. The island is also home to a former textile complex. The buildings are a state facility where historic artifacts are repaired and restored. The park also has a pavillian that can be rented out for functions. Lots of history on the island and it offers a site to relax and watch the boats, take a hike, or have a leisurely picnic. The island is scenic and in the midst of an urban setting. However, once on the island, you no longer feel like you are in the city. It is peaceful and quiet.
Written June 24, 2018
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Nicole P
Delmar, NY70 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
This park is not suitable for those who are unstable.. there are lots of roots and rocks that can easily be tripped over. A quick slip of the foot and one could end up down some steep embankments into the water. If you wouldn't normally hike I wouldn't recommend this. I would recommend sticking to the wonderful paved and even surfaces found through out the area.
Written September 18, 2016
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Mrs-K-albany
Albany, NY517 contributions
Aug 2011 • Couples
Peebles Island State Park is located on a rich flood plain on an island at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson River between Waterford and Cohoes New York. It was inhabited by Native Americans and Colonists for decades as they planted and raised livestock. One of the five named islands in the delta-like configuration at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers, the island was the site of a Revolutionary War battle (the remains of Revolutionary-era breastwork built by Thaddeous Koscuisko in 1777 can still be seen here ) and an industrial site during part of the 18th and the entire 19th century. Visitors today will find that former industrial buildings now house the Peebles Island Resource Center detailing the island's industrial history and the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, with its collection of historic materials, and the Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor Visitors Center .

The park is 191 acres and includes hiking and cross-country ski trails. The perimeter trail circles the island, offering scenic river and rapids views. Mostly shaded usually with a gentle breeze off the river and only one or two short steep hilly portions makes it an easy walk even on a warm day. There are several picnic tables and benches located along the path where one can stop to rest and enjoy the scenery. The only caution is that the path follows the top of the cliffs (about 30 or 40 feet above the river below) for a good part of the way and in a couple of spots the heavy rain has somewhat eroded the trail so one has to walk with caution and be careful with children and pets (Well behaved dogs on a leash are allowed on the trails. ) The trail may be difficult for individuals with mobility impairments as there are many roots sticking up that one could easily trip over, and which would make pushing a wheel chair nearly impossible.

The park provides a home and a migration stop for a variety of birds including bald eagles, great blue herons, double crested cormorants, osprey, swallows and killdeer. Peebles Island also provides a home for a variety of other species including deer, beaver, muskrat, fox and groundhogs, as it is protected from the surrounding urban development.

The park offers a large cookout and picnic area near the water and a modern pavilion (with a catering kitchen, which can be rented) in case of a turn in the weather. There's an elevated waterfront overlook over the river offering excellent river views, a small boat launch and large expanses of well maintained lawns for resting, relaxing and/or enjoying your favorite activity. The park includes the Matton Shipyard on neighboring Van Schaick Island in the city of Cohoes.

Parking on weekends is $6/car. There is a wide walking land on the bridge from the Waterford Visitor;s Center which provides free parking.
Written August 17, 2011
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Howard S
Albany, NY733 contributions
Jun 2021
Peebles Island provides great waterfall and river views and is at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, making it right near the Erie Canal locks. Its two mile perimeter hiking trail takes you around the park and provides scenic vistas. There is also a pavilion, bathrooms, and you can fish here.
Written July 1, 2021
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mikechris2
Cohoes, NY72 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
If your looking to have a nice 3 to 5 mile walk ina quite wooded area surrounded by water this is the place. Several trails to pick and it is dog friendly. Trails are marked and there are picnic talked. There are cookers and pavilion.
Written July 30, 2019
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MofromNY
Niskayuna, NY45 contributions
May 2012
I am a fishingaholic...and April/May is when I am out of my snow suit and crazy fishing. Went to PISP with my wife and the kids 3 times in April and May, entrance was free for the car as it was before June. The place is almost a peninsula at the meeting point of the Hudson and the Mohawk, scenic with waterfalls sputtered around the place. Caught few sheepheads in a couple of hours, made the kids joyous. However, I would not consume anything out of the Hudson, beware.
Written August 4, 2012
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Dakota529
New York State73 contributions
We come to Peebles Island a few times a year. There is a fee during the peak months (I think May-October), but it's not bad if you spend a few hours there. The hike around the island is pretty easy, and you have nice views of the towns and rivers. It's pretty cool to have a quiet, naturey escape in the middle of town. There are plenty of picnic areas, but there is a problem with Canada geese. The park is beautiful in the fall!
Written February 10, 2012
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jpd318453
Wynantskill, NY4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Great walking trail, a little muddy and slippery on day we visited. Would like to return during warmer and dryer season
Written January 25, 2020
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