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Indian Kill (NY)

2000 Jon Binder


Ratings (ratings explained)
Power: 4/10
Beauty: 5/10
Ease of Access: 7/10

The Indian Kill Nature Preserve is located in Glenville, in the Capital District of New York. The area contains fairly easy trails along a stream with two very small waterfalls.


Cascades above the falls in April
Cascades below the falls in June
Small falls on Indian Kill in April
Small falls on Indian Kill in June


To reach the Preserve, turn north onto Hetcheltown Road (Schenectady County route 31) from Glenridge Road, between Route 50 in Glenville, and Route 146 in Clifton Park. The parking and trailhead for the Preserve will be on the left (west) side of the road.


The Indian Kill's falls provide evidence that size does not matter. The one pictured on this page is only about 5 feet high, and is the furthest downstream. It's really more of a little cascade than a "waterfall." Whatever its classification, it is indeed a nice spot.

Above the tiny falls, the water runs over even tinier, but still pretty cascades.

A couple of hundred yards upstream, a higher, but still small falls is found. I'd estimate it to be about 15 feet high, falling into a huge pool. The overall scene is very pleasant.

In addition to the falls mentioned above, there are some other nice areas to the Preserve, including tiny cascades below the falls. While definitely not an amazingly beautiful area, it is surprisingly nice for being right in the middle of a fairly populated area. It's definitely worth an afternoon's trip for anyone in the area. Actually, the most difficult part of visiting Indian Kill is finding the right time of year to go. The water level is pretty low at most times of the year, so going in early Spring is ideal. However, the green of the forest is a large part of the attraction of the Preserve. The falls in April, while still nice, demonstrates this paradox nicely.

If, after visiting Indian Kill, a full day's outing is desired in the area, consider the Plotter Kill Preserve.

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Page Last Revised: April 2, 2002