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Karner Barrens Yellow Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Guilderland, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 111 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

running

forest

views

wildlife

bugs

Located within the Capital District Region, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve contains one of the best remaining examples of an inland pine-barrens ecosystem in the world. The Albany Pine Bush is a unique inland pine barrens environment. This sandy area is home to the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The trails are mostly flat with only a few small hills - making it ideal for easy hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing. The trails are marked with round colored disks. Most are loops (red, yellow, blue) and a few are connectors (white). This hike is a big loop following the perimeter trails in a clockwise direction. Please stay on trails. This is a environmentally sensitive area.

hiking
bugs
7 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

1st Trail using the app! Went with my family and our dog. Great experience. Fun trail to walk on. Couple nice spots to stop and admire.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Easy hike, trails are groomed and smooth few hills with steps alittle buggy but not bad!

hiking
1 month ago

Ticks

hiking
2 months ago

Nice sandy trail through the woods. Not much to look at now, but it is probably very pretty in the summer/fall!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail. Some mild climbs with decent views. Watch for Mtn. bikers

hiking
2 months ago

Cool ecosystem! Lots to learn and observe: vernal ponds, an old landfill, lots of birds... you do walk along the highway for part of it, but still interesting environment. Good evening hike. Some runners and bicyclists also share this roomy trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy to follow trail!

Well marked and great for all skill levels.

running
3 months ago

Suburban trail, but pretty and quiet with the exception of the part near the road. It’s a great place to trail run in early spring when most other trails are muddy. The sandy soil drains well and the trail is dry!

snowshoeing
snow
6 months ago

122219 First time visitor to this and first time snowshoeing. We chose the 2.6 mile yellow trail to get acquainted with the place and will definitely be back. Other than hearing the distant sound of NY Thruway you'd hardly know just how close you are to development. Saw two bluejays, too

nature trips
8 months ago

I love this trail. The pine barrens are so beautiful and unique, and it’s an essential ecosystem. This trail is the only place I’ve seen the Karner blue butterfly. Definitely go in the spring when the wild lupines are blooming, it’s absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

wonderful walk in the pine bush. watch out for ticks on your pups.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

nice walk w dog, we arrived just after 8am and did 2 loops. very few people.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

dog friendly walk on sand and some hills, faint smell of landfill persists in areas. We did 2 loops, very few people, arrived just after 8 am

walking
bugs
9 months ago

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

trail is well kept..there is a cool area that they had a controlled burn in. green trail takes you to Kings Rd or highway the loop is closed on the green trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Do NOT go when it is humid and hot out. I have never been bit by so many bugs. Worse than the gnats in the south. Would have been beautiful if it weren't for the bugs.

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

Nice day for a hike. The bugs were in force make sure you bring your bug spray.

hiking
11 months ago

Wasn’t a fan of this trail, but it would be nice for families. Going to try other trails next time.

hiking
bugs
Wed May 22 2019

Lots of ticks out. Pulled about a dozen off the dog and a few off the human. Otherwise a great trail.

hiking
Wed May 08 2019

Saw a ton of birds. It was awesome. Definitely recommend this trail.

hiking
Mon Apr 15 2019

Beautiful trail and Discovery Center

hiking
Sun Mar 24 2019

good for family. easy

walking
Fri Oct 05 2018

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.

hiking
Sun Jul 08 2018

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.

Wed Sep 27 2017

Nice walk/jog

hiking
Mon Sep 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.

Sun Aug 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.

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