Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Relatively flat for some quick snowshoeing.

I love walking this trail with my dog but there are so many ticks. I checked her before leaving during the spring/summer and I pulled at least 5 ticks off of her each time. (this is with her collar that usually does the job) Other than that it is a beautiful trail and I've never had any ticks on me.

Fairly easy walk. A few hills, lots of sand. Trails are well marked and wide in most parts. Perfect for taking the dog on a walk not involving blacktop

2 months ago

Lots of broken glass and shotgun shells

I took my kids (ages 9, 10, and 12) and it was easy for them. Very sandy, but its cleared well. Not much to see, but the hilly parts are partitioned off into steps that make it easy for younger climbers. There was also a book posted periodically to keep them entertained. I will go again.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Nice walk/jog

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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 :(

Monday, September 04, 2017

It was okay. The noise from the freeway traffic is a bit distracting, I never truly felt that I was wilderness hiking. The only attractive part for me was near the end of the trail as you enter a forest type of environment. An old landfill next door is clearly visible, but at least it had grass covering it. This is definitely my least favorite hike in the capital district area. I'm being generous with my 3 star rating because they're trying to make something with this place. You'll see.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Very nice trail! Great location and wonderful opportunity to see wildlife. Didn't see any deer but did notice tracks. Highly recommend it.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I saw a Karner Blue butterfly! And, two squirrels doing IT!

Monday, July 31, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The map doesn't match the trail.

on Great Dune Trails Loop

Monday, July 24, 2017

Took my (2) sons out on part of this trail before my youngest complained of cramping, we did 5.25 miles in total and had an amazing time. This was our second time back. Love these trails.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Very simple nice walk; some wet spots but no muddy. Watch out for the ticks (the grass on the trail is high)

Friday, April 07, 2017

Easy path but not much to see.

Friday, March 10, 2017

3/7/17 this trail and several others in the pine bush are closed, check the website before making a trip out there.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nice trail. Well maintained. Walk under I-87 which is a little strange on a nature walk. Saw lots of critters big and small. Will be back.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hiked this today with my daughter. The trail was in good shape except for a few muddy spots and some standing water/ice. The view from the top of the old dunes is nice as is walking among the pitch pines.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Enjoyed the walk. It's well marked, currently trail is very visible as many people and skiers leave a very visible and well padded path. Interesting views and terrain.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I like this place, but I would not bring pets there. I did not have an issue with ticks on my body, but I do not roll around in the dirt and grass, typically. Also, there are multiple areas which can be kind of confusing, however it makes it so one can take a really long hike if they planned it out accordingly, and this is located in Albany. They also allow bow hunting, which is great, as there is no place else to bow hunt in the immediate area and there are a huge number of deer in the area. There is a nature center at one of the entrances and a pond with a stream at a different entrance. Nice area, though walking under I-87 is kind of odd when you do it.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

nice trails but the ticks are horrible.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

We were all covered in ticks by the time we left leading to a trip to the ER 7 days later. Out of all the places we have hiked this summer, this is the only trail this has happened. I wouldn't recommend taking children or pets.

horseback riding
Thursday, August 25, 2016

I have ridden on these trails for 40 years and they keep getting better and better! Sandy trails make for wonderful footing even after heavy rains. Trails are managed now by the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and they do a great job of opening new trails and keeping the old ones clear and well marked. Bridges over wet areas are all horse safe. Well worth a visit. Happy trails.

Monday, June 20, 2016

broken glass everywhere absolutely horrible to take your pets

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Very nice trails but the pine bush is loaded with ticks and tick nests on the path. Once I took my dogs there for a walk and ending up have ticks all over. We had to pull about 50 ticks alone off my dog. Plus my husband and I were stripping off clothing because you could seriously see ticks everywhere on our pants shoes shirt. I am used to ticks but this was by far the worst walk of my life when it came to ticks. Walked all of the pine bush and every since that day never again. So keep in mind spray your feet good with bug spray. Don't say you weren't warned! Other than that grab your camera and enjoy the different trails!!!

Monday, June 06, 2016

it's was good as a beginner. not to many people. had 3-4 routes. I took the purple one about 3.5 miles. worth trying

Monday, May 30, 2016

The APB is interesting for those seeking something different than the usual wooded terrain, and who have kids as well as want to enjoy an easy loop. It is unfortunate that it is so close to the highway, but it can't be helped. I like it, but not one of my faves.

Meh sums it up best. There are some nice parts of the trail and its very easy (flat).

Saturday, March 19, 2016

I don't like to give nature preserves a bad rep but personally I didn't like it. The whole time I walked I could hear the busy roads so it kind of took away the seclusion that I normally enjoy on a walk in nature. Very easy trail so that's good for kids but I wouldn't recommend if you want a challenge or if you want to be away from the business of the roads and such.

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