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John Boyd Thatcher State Park

Average Rating:    (3.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

Traverses lot and heads into well rooted single and double track. Lots of mud most of the year. Trails are marked with signs.
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Latitude
42.64848044132256
Longitude
-74.0068244934082
Trail Directions
From Albany, take Rt 85 West about 15 miles to Thatcher Park Road, park in Hop Field lot on left. Trail heads up hill on the right of lot.
Trail Length
5 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Voorheesville
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Review Date
October 7, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Adirondack Blues ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Thacher used to have some nice singletrack with a bit of climbing. You had to cross Beaver Dam road and follow the singletrack up the ridge on the Long Path. Unfortunately, it is now all logged. The singletrack has become a 15 foot wide skidder road. :(

Recommended Route:
None.



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Review Date
April 8, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Walshy , from Apollo

Summary:
IF your a Hardcore MTB'r don't waste your time. Trails are wider than I90 and short as hell. Although, if your looking for a easy Sunday ride give it a try.



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Review Date
January 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: steveb , from clifton park

Summary:
Start with a trail map from the kiosk as some trails are off-limits to bikes. Multiple short hills that give you a decent cardio workout. The ride up the Long Path is a good climb. (Especially if you have been on the pizza and wing diet like myself) Keep trying the different trails in the park. There are some mildly rocky downhills, and one that is a stairway. Once back to the Paint Mine lot, take the 2nd right turn (gravel fire road) and go up the small hill until you see a building. Take the trail to the right before it. There's a sweet loose downhill ahead with a off-camber run-out. Make sure your over the rear tire for this one.

Recommended Route:
Park at the Paint Mine lot (park signs say this is the only entrace for mtb) and head up the fire road. This gives you good access to all trails. When you reach Beaver Dam Road (paved) go straight across and up the hill. (Long Path)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Skidmore, Lake Desolation, Cherry Plains, Grafton, Colonie Park.



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Review Date
November 26, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Darren A. Schreiber , from Troy, NY USA

Summary:
Only a 15 minute ride from Albany with great elevation, BEAUTIFUL views (can see for miles) and very little known place, I love Thatcher Park. Unfortunately, recent forest fires have closed many trails. I have yet to go up and see the damage. Hopefully it's not too bad. As much of the park is rock formations, I imagine some beauty was lost but much still remains. (Beautiful waterfall too)

Recommended Route:
I stick to the roads, personally, but there's lots of varied terrain. Trails are short but there's still enough of them to keep you busy.



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Review Date
October 4, 2000

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: J. , from GRAFTON

Summary:
For the Capital Region it's not bad. Nothing too difficult. It has a little of everything: singletrack, rocks, roots and fire roads all thrown in. Very short trails though.

You can pick up the NY/NJ Long trail here also which runs thru Thatcher and will take you over the Catskillsand on into NY/NJ.

Recommended Route:
any of the various trails can be looped together.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Western Massachusetts, Pittstown, Skidmore, Pits, Ridge trail, Grafton



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