Bennett Hill is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Feura Bush, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 479 feet Route Type: Loop

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Bennett Hill is a nature preserve south of Albany near the Helderbergs. It rises 400 feet above the village of Clarksville below. From the kiosk, follow the yellow trail along the edge of woods and the adjacent dairy farm. On your right you can see Cass Hill. After 1/2 mile, the trail begins the climb up the back side of the Bennett hill. In a short distance, the trail turns sharply to the left. The trail, still climbing, then makes a sharp turn to the right. This turn is easy to miss as there is another trail that continues straight ahead along this plateau. The trail continues its gradual climb until it reaches the top of the hill. Here there is a green trail which circles the relatively flat summit. The best view is at the North end of loop. It is a little overgrown, but there you can still see Albany in the distance.

recorded Bennett Hill

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muddy
14 days ago

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26 days ago

Nice hill climb, beaten path and pine forest. Little bit of mud on the bottom, but plenty of logs to cross.

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1 month ago

I live nearby and had never been here. It’s great! Not much of a view from the top but an overall quick, nice hike. A bit buggy. Not too muddy. Very busy with folks on a nice day.

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bugs
muddy
1 month ago

Good workout, we loved the view on the hilltop and the dogs loved it too! Trails are marked well and bugs and mud are part of the adventure!

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1 month ago

This trail definitely had me breathing heavy.. felt great to get outside.. saw lots of short people and Dogs on the trail! Was a bit muddy in a few spots but definitely worth it!

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muddy
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

Moderate is definitely accurate to depict the difficulty of the hike. After being cooped up inside all winter and not very active, it definitely got the heart rate going. Completely out of shape and still managed this one pretty well. Once you get to the loop at the top, it levels out the whole way around with a nice little lookout at one corner. My 3 year old dog did great with it and loved coming with us. It was a bit muddy in spots but nothing you can’t go around. Trail was very well marked the entire way. Overall it was a nice 1.5 hour hike up and back to break up the weekend.

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1 month ago

Great little hike minus the lady who let her dog walk off leash and attacked my dog who is training to become more friendly...

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muddy
1 month ago

Very suitable trail for a low-key family hike. Our 4yo loved the cow farm at the beginning of the trail! Trail was very muddy, and don’t recall any recent rain prior to hike...could have been spring thaw. Summit offers view of Albany and surrounding areas.

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muddy
2 months ago

Great trail for young kids with trees to climb, switchbacks all the way up with places to stop and catch a break, nice view from the top that overlooks a farm. Lots of garter snakes :)

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2 months ago

Clean trial. Decent views.

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icy
3 months ago

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muddy
6 months ago

Normally a great trail but today it was extremely muddy due to the recent rain. Should not be attempted without hiking boots / waterproof shoes. On the bright side, we had the trail to ourselves and the view of the sunset was very pretty.

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6 months ago

i did this hike a few weeks ago after church. it was going to rain and i didn't want to go home and this was only 10 miles from home. i didn't expect much but to my surprise there was a big parking area with 5 cars in it already. the trail was very easy but enjoyable. the people i meet on the trail were a pleasure to talk with and this is a dog friendly and jugging trail. if your looking for a quick nice trail to do this is the trail for you. i got some great pictures of the trail but the files are too big for alltrails. sry

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7 months ago

Fall day 68F - dog friendly - 2 small outlooks at the top

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8 months ago

Very well-marked, cool hike close to home. The bathtub to help direct water away from the trail was different. View from the top was pretty good, but the trees were my favorite part! Some very tall and old-looking trees on this hike.

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8 months ago

A very nice hike, with some elevation, close to home. The red trail offers more of a challenge with steep parts, but the trail does switchback. The green trail is easier with a more subtle incline. The view is very good and on a clear day you can see the Adirondacks in the distance. I only wish the summit had a larger area to view from. The trails were well groomed and the paths were very well marked. Not terribly buggy but I still used repellent.

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8 months ago

Trail was beautiful today. Much work has been done to widen the trail where needed, fix muddy areas, and even redirect water flow to help with erosion. So enjoyable.

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8 months ago

Completed again 9/15/2019 with Bren Miller. Trail maintenance fixed some muddy areas and made improvements to clear trail a bit. Nice hike. Have done the yellow and white trails many times. Also completed red trail once when it was a bit slippery from rain.

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9 months ago

I would call this moderate, not easy. Really nice trail though, the dogs loved it. Lots of steep uphill/downhill. Some nice views at the top. No issues with bugs. Would definitely do it again.

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9 months ago

Coll, humid morning walk after night rains. 35 red eft newts and a couple dozen pinto bean sized toads with one cherry size toad noted. Recent trail work with wet conditions made some short sections slippery but manageable. Too foggy for top views today.

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blowdown
9 months ago

I'd call this moderate instead of easy. Steep climbs. Great views. Dog loved the old bathtub at a spring. Blowdown after big storm.

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10 months ago

Fun, peaceful trail, steep but worth the view, got caught in a thunderstorm on the way down so it can get very muddy and slippery

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10 months ago

it's nice for hiking pretty steep hills and bring lots of water in the summer, not really too muddy just mostly small pebbles I kept turning the recording off to conserve battery

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10 months ago

This is a wonderful trail with a wonderful view at the top. I would, however, not classify it as easy. It’s actually quite steep even though it’s short, so if you’re not in good shape it would be difficult. I would classify it as a moderate hike. It’s close to our house and we hike it often. It’s great for getting in shape.

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11 months ago

Bennett Hill is a really great hike in the capital region if you’re short on time. You can be in and out within an hour and a half with a moderate pace. The trails have lots of curves and bends that make it fun and has really nice scenery throughout. A few helpful tips: 1. There is a gravel parking lot at the entrance to this trail 2. There are some areas with mud so I would suggest hiking boots. 3 It can get buggy at times so I would suggest bug spray. 4. When you get to the first fork in the trail, the red trail is much steeper than the green trail (for those who would like more of a challenge.) Overall, Bennett Hill is a quick and peaceful trail that I would recommend to anyone!

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bugs
11 months ago

Get ready for some steep inclines and some areas that are muddy and have stones for crossing on Phenomenal hike to do on such a lovely day

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11 months ago

Once you get to the green red intersection, continue on green if you want an easier trail up to the top. Love this hike!! We will be back :)

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muddy
Tue May 28 2019

Went last week. Some spots are muddy but I didn’t mind the mud too much - wear hiking boots. We went up green trail. There was one very nice view at the top - don’t walk past it! The trees just open up at one point to reveal miles of lush. We didn’t do the whole loop at the top, which I regret since there may have been a second nice view, and we went back down the red trail.

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