The Helderberg Escarpment

Indian Ladder Farms

A fourth-generation orchard, Indian Ladder Farm is one of only two remaining fruit farms left of the 60 that populated Albany County just a century ago.

The farm, a regional landmark located in the foreground of John Boyd Thacher State Park, is a popular destination for tours, apple picking and apple cider donuts, and has trails for hiking and cross-country skiing.

In 2003, we worked with Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and other partners to acquire a conservation easement protecting the 320-acre farm, which encompasses sections of two environmentally significant wetlands—the Vly Creek Marsh and the Black Creek Marsh. 

  • Once a farm for dairy cows, Indian Ladder today offers a farm store, hay rides, the Yellow Rock Café restaurant, a baby animal petting farm, the Barn School summer camp, a wedding locale for rent, and the Helderberg Farmer’s Market.
  • Apple trees in bloom at Indian Ladder Farms, a favorite fall destination for apple picking, cider donuts, and hard apple cider.
  • Peter Ten Eyck II, whose father founded Indian Ladder Farms, tends to the apple orchard at his family's famous farm. Indian Ladder's cidery is grown from apples on OSI-conserved lands.

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