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The Best Hiking Trails in Albany

Handpicked Top 3 Hiking Trails in Albany, New York. Our 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reviews, ratings, reputation, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. You deserve only the best!

ALBANY PINE BUSH

195 New Karner Road, Suite 1, Albany, NY 12205

Since 1988

Dogs on Leash, Wheelchair Friendly, Kid Friendly, Birding, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Nature Trips, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking, Beach, Lake, Wild Flowers & Wildlife

Free Admission - It contains nearly 18 miles of official marked, multiple-use trails

info@albanypinebush.org

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Mon - Fri : 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sat - Sun : 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

An interesting nature preserve of sand that is host to the endangered species of butterfly known as the Karner Blue butterfly. The preserve, itself, is one of the largest inland pine barrens in the world. There are a lot of great hiking trails through the area, and an interesting center that educates you about the history of how the preserve was formed, and of the wildlife that benefits from living there. A must if you are interested in ecology, preservation and a rare inland sandy pine barren.
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PEEBLES ISLAND STATE PARK TRAIL

1 Delaware Avenue North, Albany, NY 12047

Since 1630

Dogs on Leash, Birding, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking, Forest Lake, Nature Trips, Beach & Wild Flowers

190-acre (0.77 km2) state park located at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson rivers in New York State

parks.ny.gov/parks/111/details.aspx

Mon - Sun : 6:00 am - 7:00 pm

On a geocache adventure I was introduced to this fascinating little place. The trails are very easy to maneuver and the sights are gorgeous. I was here on a weekday, so not many people to have to contend with. Lots of time for taking photos and watching the wildlife. This place is noted for the deer that roam the park. I kept this in mind as I ventured all around the Island and saw not a one...until I was heading back out of the park and behold two adults and a fawn!! It was the highlight of my
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JOHN BOYD THACHER STATE PARK TRAIL

1 Hailes Cave Road, Albany, NY 12186

Since 1914

Accessible, Bicycling, Birding, Camping, Fishing, Hiking and Nature Trail, Horse/Equestrian Trail, Picnic, Playground, Restroom Facilities, Snorkeling, Swimming & Wildlife

There are over 25 additional miles of trails for summer hiking, mountain biking & winter cross-country skiing

parks.ny.gov/parks/128/details.aspx

Mon - Sun : 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

This is a hugely underrated attraction in the Albany area - there is currently at the time of this writing a fairly major visitor center project underway which should increase visibility of this gem. There is plenty of great hiking trails, places for a cookout or BBQ and lots of convenient and scenic pavilions available. The highlight though is clearly the cliff overlook from the top of the helderberg escarpment and the scenic Indian ladder trail which snakes along the escarpment face.
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