This is a very historic area. In 1777, a spy for the British took refuge, hiding from the settlers in one of the Helderberg Caves at Thacher Park. It is since known as Tory Cave.
There are about 12 miles of hiking trails at the park as well.
In 2004, 1,800 acres of the park and Thompson Lake were turned into a bird conservation area. Some 171 different species of birds can be seen there.
The Emma Thacher Nature Center is also at Lake Thompson, offering various, permanent displays and educational programs for the public.
I plan on visiting Thacher Park again next summer. It’s only about an hour away, just a short ways off Interstate-88 near Duanesburg on State Route 157.
If you decide to go, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the day. The park is open from 8 a.m. until dark year-round, but the Indian Ladder Trail is only open from May 1-Nov. 15, weather-permitting.
There is a $6 vehicle fee, just like all the other state parks. They do run some interpretive programs and guided tours for $2 per person.
From what I remember, it’s well worth seeing. So put it on your things-to-do list for next year. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at email@example.com.