Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Albany Pine Bush Preserve near Albany, NY

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1 hour
Snowshoeing, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Albany, NY
User sixstringdavis

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve contains nearly 18 miles of official marked, multiple-use trails. Most trails are considered easy to moderate and vary from wide-open sandy trails to narrow, grassy woodland passages. The topography is generally flat with gradual slopes up and down the natural sand dunes. While the Albany Pine Bush provides a special habitat for many plants and animals, it also provides visitors with an assortment of non-motorized recreational opportunities including hiking, jogging, nature study, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and hunting.

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission offers monthly outings and programs about the ecology, natural and cultural history of the Pine Bush area. Call 518-456-0655 & press 1 for the Discovery Center for more information and to sign up.

In the spring and summer the Pine Bush can be very hot and dry. Please remember to bring your drinking water and sunscreen. In the winter the Pine Bush trails can get icy. Cross-country skis, snowshoes or crampons are a good idea.

Whenever you go out in the Preserve, these are some other things you might want to bring and do: Trail map, Rain gear, Sunglasses and sunscreen, Day pack, Comfortable hiking boots, Snack foods and Camera.

Check for ticks!!!

Deer ticks are found throughout the Pine Bush. Some deer ticks carry Lyme disease and can infect both people and their pets.

To protect yourself, follow these simple precautions while visiting the Albany Pine Bush Preserve: Stay on marked trails. Wear light-colored long pants and long-sleeved shirt. Tuck pant legs into socks and tuck shirt into pants. Consider using insect repellent, following label directions carefully. Check yourself frequently for ticks during your visit.

Do a complete body check for ticks after your visit. Be sure to check children and pets too.

Follow NYS Department of Health procedure for removing ticks (please see pamphlet in trail register boxes).

All unmarked paths and firebreaks are closed to all recreational uses other than by permit. Also, please respect private property that borders Preserve lands.

Temporary area closure: Various areas of the Preserve will be temporarily closed throughout the year while activities such as prescribed burning, mowing or other management activities are occurring. For your safety, please obey all signage at trailheads or along trails.


Central to the Capital District of New York State, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is easy to access from both I-87 and I-90. Although there are 9 formal trail heads, the directions below will get you started at two of the more popular access points.

  • From I-90: Take I-90 East or West to I-87 (Northway) North, follow directions for I-87.
  • From I-87 North or South: Take I-87 to exit 2W (Route 5 West). Travel west approximately 2 miles
  • turn left at light onto Route 155 South (New Karner Road).
  • Travel approximately 1 mile to a second light.

Trailhead #1 (Karner Barrens East) is on your left just past the light (you will pass Old State Road on the right).

Trailhead #7 (Madison Ave. Pinelands) is another 0.25 mile at the third light where you turn right to the end of Madison Avenue Extension.


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