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Peebles Island State Park
Copyright: - New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Peebles Island State Park
Description - Located only 12 miles north of Albany at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, this park offers year-round outdoor enjoyment and scenery while serving as the headquarters for the Bureau of Historic Sites and Bureau of Historic Preservation Field Services.

Attractions - Peebles Island is located at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers offering spectacular views of the river and its rapids. The rolling and wooded terrain offer a peaceful environment for enjoying the riverside trails. This park is also the headquarters of the Bureau of Historic Sites and Bureau of Historic Preservation Field Services. The staff provides technical services, such as record maintenance, analysis of artifacts, and preparation of publications, exhibits and audio-visual programs for the 35 historic sites maintained by State Parks. The Field Services Bureau assists all New York's municipalities and citizens with National Register of Historic Place listings, investment tax credit and review of all state and federal projects.

Recreation - Peebles Island State Park offers hiking, picnic areas including pavilions and access to fishing waters. Cross-country skiing is enjoyed in winter. The picnic pavilion is handicapped accessible.

Climate - The Pebbles Island State Park area has a varied climate with average January temperatures ranging from 14 to 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. A slender parcel along the eastern state line receive the heaviest precipitation.

Location - Peebles Island State Park is located 12 miles north of Albany at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. To reach the park from Cohoes, travel to Ontario Street then onto Delaware Avenue.

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We have been here twice. Nice trails,views of river, and two pretty waterfalls. There are a few picnic tables located with nice scenic views. The trails are well maintained and easy climbs, not too challenging, but we only like a little challenge and the peace and quiet. We saw some herons and egrets and ducks, birds, and squirrels.Bring some water and a few snacks, and just enjoy this nice park!

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: There is a lot to like about this little place: well kept trails, nice views, its an easy walk with only a few short climbs. What was frustrating was that the trails are totally unmarked and entirely left to chance - you tell yourself "well, its an island, eventually we'll find the parking lot again" but there is no way to know which way to go - every fork is a guessing game. Even finding the trail head was a guess - there is construction there, which makes it even more confusing. No maps either. So - its a pretty walk, close to home, very wide trails in most places with lots of nice things to look for, and just remind yourself "its an island"

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Contact Information:
Peebles Island State Park, P.O. Box 219 , Waterford, NY, 12188, Phone: 518-237-8643

Additional Information:
New York State Parks - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation offers 152 parks, 35 historic sites and 27 golf courses for all tastes, ages and abilities.
Saratoga / Capital District Travel Region - The Saratoga Capital District Travel Region is home to New York's historic capital, a 300 year old Dutch village.

New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation - Official agency Website


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