Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Albany Pine Bush Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
21 days ago

Nice trail. Not my favorite of the Pine Bush trails, but worth a visit.

hiking
21 days ago

Nice trail. I am so grateful that some small areas of pine barrens are preserved for wildlife and also for human enjoyment.

Nice little trail, some lovely flowers and grasses on this path. Definitely tack it on to one of the other great trails in the preserve for some exercise.

I love the pine bush, but this hike travels along the highway far too much to be enjoyable. It’s great that this area is being preserved for the benefit of all the species that live in this unique habitat, but I wouldn’t walk here more than once.

hiking
1 month ago

Mild walk but scenic and enjoyable

hiking
bugs
muddy
1 month ago

Bugs and blackberry bushes. Also traversed a well established but unofficial trail through the woods parallel to New Karner Road.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of broken glass and bugs. Connects to Kings Highway Barrens and the DiCaprio Park Trails.

Nice walk through the pine bush, however the trails stay near major roads (at one point you are walking along the NYS thruway). My family and I enjoy hiking to get away and enjoy nature- you will not escape the road noise along this trail.

This is a nice trail, but as others have said, it’s no longer a loop. However, it’s still a beautiful place to be even though you have to re-trace your steps.

horseback riding
5 months ago

This map does not reflect the trail route! There is no loop! You have to come back the way you came in on the purple trail. There is one part of the trail I don’t recommend on horseback. It is the section after you cross Siver Rd. Steep decline and incline with stairs! If you are on horseback I recommend turning around at Siver Rd.

hiking
bugs
off trail
private property
5 months ago

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

Great trail overall, especially for beginners. it is relatively flat the entire way. No mud on my hike today (mid May). The trail shown is not accurate. The purple trail is a total of 3.7 miles one way. I clocked about 9 miles in 2.5 hours after doing purple, blue, and white trails. My only complaint would be the horse excrement on some parts of the trail. I would expect that if you do this trail and your horse has to go, you would clean it up as a courtesy to others.

6 months ago

I have never seen a trail with more broken glass. it everywhere and not limited to the trail but also in the woods. I feared the entire time that my dogs would cut their feet.

This is a great trail. Lots of wildlife and gorgeous views. I dont think I'd recommend it for a beginner because of the amount of hills. Good too know that such a gem exists in the capital region of new york. Great example of our states beauty.

pretty sure the blue trail was closed. the red trail was cool.saw a bunch of wood peckers

A pretty residential walk in some stretches but also surprisingly quiet! Saw a couple deer along the way.

snowshoeing
8 months ago

3/1/2019

hiking
closed
private property
8 months ago

I enjoyed it but only .4 miles in there were signs that the public was not allowed to continue the trail. It was nice up until that point but very disappointed

Very nice trail. Pleasant afternoon walk. Trails are uncomplicated and well marked. Just enough up and down to make it interesting.

Relatively flat for some quick snowshoeing.

Sat Sep 01 2018

Lots of broken glass and shotgun shells

couldn't figure out where to start! it was roped off what looked like the beginning, so we just went to the next on our list :(

hiking
Sun Aug 20 2017

I love this trail! I love the sand! So many wonderful birds & butterflies!!!

The map shown is not the trail route. The trail has been rerouted and it goes off onto Old State Rd and Siver Rd. It's called the purple trail. Nice trail. We turned around after coming to Siver rd. Did not see a loop back option to where we started so we walked back the way we came. Posted a picture of how it routed us.

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