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Albany Pine Bush Preserve

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Address: New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205
Phone Number: 518-785-1800
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

One of the most endangered regions in the Northeastern United Sates...

One of the most endangered regions in the Northeastern United Sates contains almost 6,000 acres of scenic and dramatic landscape rooted in glacial history.

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Some places you have to travel a little bit of distance to get away from the hustle and bustle of things here in Albany. This place preserve is very east to get to, easy access... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
William O
Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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81 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Some places you have to travel a little bit of distance to get away from the hustle and bustle of things here in Albany. This place preserve is very east to get to, easy access to the area and trails that allow you to take a brief brake out of your business of life. It's important to take a second... More 

Thank William O
Latham, New York
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having lived adjacent to this spectacular treasure for almost 20 years, it is ever changing, dynamic, educational and FREE. Huge inland sand dunes, the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly, blue alpine (a must for the Karner Blue), Gorgeous vistas, trees, trails, and in the Winter - cross country skiing. I believe the next closest ecosystem is in New Jersey. A rare... More 

Thank LuvtheAdirondacks
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

I walked here in April, and it was a very pleasant, easy walk. You can make it as long or as short as you like. In April, it was covered in snow and was quite magical. At times you'd have no idea you were next to a busy road. There is a landfill site at the far end, and it... More 

Thank MattM86
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

We arrived here after the visitor center had closed so we were only able to see the things outside. It was very nice. Our only problem was that we couldn't find a map posted to know how long the trails were. We began walking a trail but turned back because it was getting dark and we didn't know how long... More 

1 Thank PennsylvaniaNana
Albany, New York
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Before you ride, walk, snowshoe, run, or hike these trails - be very VERY aware of what ticks are and how lyme disease works. There is a great likelihood you will pick up ticks - large, the deer tick and the large one from Texas - when you visit this location. There is some beauty to this scrubby pre-historic land.... More 

2 Thank andrew w
Albany, United States
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Great place to visit and so close to everything. Trails are mostly easy especially if you stay on the side of the visitors center. We have always walked the trails on the opposite side. When you are in there it is hard to believe traffic is only a few minutes away.

Thank Pat M
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

If you want a guided tour at night to find salamanders, or a day hike to find butterflies, visit the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. The preserve, a unique ecosystem, is the only home of the Karner Blue butterfly. The guides are great, but you can hike the preserve year round on your own. Where else can you be within a... More 

Summit, New Jersey
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114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

I had come here a few weeks ago to do some trail running. The trails are very well-marked and easy to navigate and the difficulty level is pretty low. The foliage wasn't much to see this time of year, but that's to be expected. There are other reviews mentioning ticks and there is plenty of signage along the trails to... More 

1 Thank Kevin B
South Glens Falls, New York
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76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a flat hike and this fit the bill. We only saw a few chipmunks, no birds or butterflies. Trails can be very sandy. The Discovery Center is very nice, something they should be proud of. The young man at the info desk was very helpful.

Thank willnotcook
Niskayuna, New York
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

Always a great local place to take a short hike or run, the Pine Bush also has a fantastic history and unique natural elements. From the trees to the Karner Blue butterflies this is a must do in the Albany area. Try to catch a walking tour and check out the excellent museum facilities.

Thank cstags

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