Bennett Hill

EASY 24 reviews

Bennett Hill is a 2.6 mile loop trail located near Feura Bush, New York and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
662 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

easy hike, close to home, partial views, quiet countryside 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Went today with 5 of my 7 kids ages 2-10 (the 2 oldest stayed home). My 2 year old rode in a 3 wheel jogging stroller for much of the uphills (to steep for him); made my trek quite a workout going up ... but at the top, he walked the entire top section. Overall, this could be a really good hike if it weren't for the bugs ... they were HORRIBLE ... (and navigating the stroller over the quite muddy sections only maybe 5-6 sections a couple yards long (except the first one which is about 20 yards, but that was my choice). Very small, but nice view at the top ... took us a total of maybe 90 mins, with the stroller and toddler walking speeds.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Went on a cool and cloudy April day after a couple of rainy days. The trail was muddy in spots...boots strongly recommended if it's been wet.
Steep in spots, but not technically difficult. No rock scrambling. Some views of Albany area at the top, but overall limited views.

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7 months ago

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9 months ago

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10 months ago

Nice trail, but mostly uphill and poorly marked up at the top. The view was not good at the top due to the trees, so it was disappointing. I would not rate this as an easy trail. I would rate it as moderate. Good leg and cardio workout.

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11 months ago

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Nice walk through the woods, only one nice view at the top in summer, probably better in winter when there's no leaves on the trees. Good for a half-day trip.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Nice Hill loop, Fantastic views of the Bennet Hill Farm on the way in, went at sunset was very impressed. Watch out there fence is electrified :p

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Monday, May 02, 2016

I am betting this trail is a lot more pretty in the fall as it is really just a walk through the woods with a couple nice views from the top.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fun easy hike. Climbing Bennet is a good workout without being too taxing. the views are amazing on the way up peeking through the trees. I do wish there was a crystal clear top view because the glimpses are picturesque and very classic New York.

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Did it w my 6 and 3 year olds. They had fun seeing the cows at the beginning and catching lots of toads. The trail map at the trail head has the green trail and yellow trail marked the opposite, which was confusing but its well marked once we figured that out. The view once we found it was beautiful, but left me wishing there were more clear areas to see out . Perhaps we'll try it again in the fall. Fun little hike.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2014

a lot steeper than it seems, still nice, easy to lose trail.