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Albert Family Community Forest is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near East Nassau, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 508 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Forest

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bugs

Muddy

Rocky

Historic site

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Getting There

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance's second community forest has recently been opened just outside the village of East Nassau at the end of gravel Hayes Road. The 353 acre property was acquired from Mary and Kevin Albert and funded by the US Forest Service and by a donation from the Albert family. There are all sorts of things to see on this trail: rivers, cascades, old homesteads, rock walls, foundations, wells, all different tree types. There are many many places for additional trails as well. Currently there are three trails exist: the Cascades Trail (ORANGE), the Orchard Trail (YELLOW), and the Homestead Trail (BLUE).

Expect different traction needed, wear good shoes/hiking boots. As the trail is new (2017), the spring can make it soft, but not necessarily muddy.

Take Route 20 East from Exit 11E of I90 East (or Exit 11 off I90 West and from the Berkshire Spur of the Thruway) ... after passing thru Nassau continue on Rt. 20 until you see and intersection with Rt. 66 North ... continue to Hayes Road on the right after a few miles, continue to the large parking area at the end of the road ... before the end of the road it does continue thru a persons "driveway" ... please be respectful.

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Christopher M.
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HikingBugs

Trails Easily marked, well maintained. Bring bug spray. Would recommend

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M Cz
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HikingBugsOff trailPrivate propertyRockyScramble

Orange Trail today with aggressive bugs. Lots of standing water in the stream. Could have been a beautiful trail but too distracted from getting bit despite spray. Blue trail with less bug but trail has trees marked with blue streamers adjacent that are not really the trail. Got lot in rock scramble unsafe for my skill alone. Really good property but they need appropriate consistent marking / not plastic, tin can lids and streamers. Appreciate the bathroom.

anna levitt
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HikingBugsRocky

Great trails, check the on site map for the details. Trails very well marked by color, 2 circles indicate sharp turn ahead.

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Angel Jean
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Hiking

Lovely trails! Helpful map and markers and many different option to take even while already on a trail. Loved Susan’s Bramble. This is a nice and peaceful place, and good for sightseeing and gorgeous wooded areas.

Michael OConnor
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Hiking

A stunning, quiet trail. Only 4 other cars in the lot, besides ours (with creative parking, perhaps only 6 cars can fit in the lot, and another 4-6 on the road). There are now four distinct trails, each one a loop. Susan's Ramble (WHITE) has been added to the other three. The trails are all well-marked, clear, and wide. If you lie mammoth boulders, you will love this place. Very diverse trees, lots of fungus, lots of canopy, few bugs, endless stone walls, several paper shacks and ruined stone foundations, working water pumps, interesting spiders and webs, many birds, and scat evidence of bears. It was very dry. It looks like it can be muddy during the wet season, but it had not rained for a while. A suggested hike is Orange, Blue, Yellow, White. When looking at the message board with the map, go to your left and start on the Orange Trail (.70 miles). It finishes at the road you drove in on. Head right and you will see the start of the Blue Trail on your left (1.17 miles). Again, this finishes at the road. Head right to get on the Yellow Trail (1.36 miles). You can finish with the Yellow, or, to add a little more distance and different scenery, take the White Trail (1.17 miles). The White trail will arc back to the Yellow to finish. If you take the White, you will loose approximately 1/2 mile and the water pump.

Daryl Maxon
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Hiking

Fun for a quick evening hike.

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Robert Eggelhoefer
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Robert Eggelhoefer
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HikingRocky
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Rebecca Trainor
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HikingRocky
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Joseph Diamond
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Hiking

Easy hike. Very nice walk through the woods with my dog.

Andrew Hernandez
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HikingBugsRocky
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Brian Smith
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HikingBugs

Excellent hike, a little buggy. A few loops to choose from.

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Celeste Harp
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Hiking

Great series of short trails - all easy, well marked, some elevation gain. Trails are in good condition. Lots of visual interest from creeks, wetlands, old foundations, and forests. For being a “lightly trafficked” trail the parking lot was at full capacity.

Linda Keller
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Hiking

Found what looks to be a new route on its way to establishment (blue flags and blue and yellow blazes) Beautiful loops, made the May snow enjoyable

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Amanda Diaz
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HikingBugsRocky

Lovely, easy trail for those who want to get out in the outdoors but don’t want to trek up a mountain to enjoy it. It was a bit buggy but I think it’s the time of year, but overall it was beautiful.

Mike -
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Hiking

Excellent trail for dogs! Conditions were great today, slightly muddy in some spots but nothing too bad.

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Taylor Holmes
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Hiking

Beautiful trail and very dog friendly—my border collie had a great time. Very nicely marked trails made it easy to navigate

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Sam Lucarelli
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Hiking

pretty fun hike. easy to moderate. had to cross a creek on the homestead trail but it wasn't that difficult. got a little turned around after crossing the creek but easily found my way back to the trail.

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Emily Friedman
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HikingBugsRocky

I came to this spot because of all the wonderful reviews, and I was not let down. I did all four loops and each had it's pluses. Was definitely not a hard trail, only some minor uphill spots. This is a place a would recommend to anyone who loves the outdoors.

Les Chrostowski
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HikingBugs

On a beautiful spring morning, we did three out of four loops.. Found trails to be well marked and a great Mix of terrain. We will definitely be back to do the home stead trail that we didn’t get to do today. The only thing I would recommend is that you were bug repellent.

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L. M. Quillen
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HikingBugsMuddy

Did two loops today. Trails were well marked. Dog was in heaven. Humans preferred the Homestead Trail to the Orchard Trail. Homestead trail had lots of nice creek views. Orchard was a little less engaging scenery-wise, but we did have a small herd of deer prance by us. Wish someone would clean up the vintage trash on Orchard too. Hiking was moderate-to-easy, was glad we had on boots for mud. Was buggy, but it's spring. Would go back to do Orchard again and check out Cascade.

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