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.

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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.

The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center transforms this globally unique destination into an exciting adventure where learning comes naturally through hands-on activities. As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center introduces visitors to everything that makes the Preserve rare and adventurous. With the help of many volunteers, the Discovery Center offers monthly outings and programs about the ecology, natural and cultural history of the Pine Bush area. Admission is FREE. The Center is open Tuesday-Friday 9AM-4PM, Saturday and Sunday 10AM-4PM, and on most holiday Mondays. The Discovery Center is located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany, NY 518-456-0655 www.AlbanyPineBush.org

Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission 195 New Karner Road Albany, New York 12205 518-456-0655 www.AlbanyPineBush.org NYS DEC Ranger 518-783-2036

Directions: From Albany, take Interstate 90 west to the Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87). Travel north 1.2 miles to exit 2W. Follow Central Avenue (Route 5) west 2.4 miles to a left turn onto New Karner Road (Route 155) for 1.7 miles. The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center is located on the left at 195 New Karner Road. Admission is free. The Center is open Tuesday-Friday 9AM-4PM, Saturday and Sunday 10AM-4PM. Closed on Monday. GPS Coordinates: 42.718694, -73.864771

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richard derikart
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Hiking

Most of the loop closed. Headed over to Green to get some distance.

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christine phillips
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yellow trai closed for tree removal

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Chris Van Woert
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Hiking

This was my first time on this trail and it is great! We snowshoed the entire Yellow trail. Given the recent warm ups and cool downs the snow was pretty packed down and easy to walk on. Not much elevation change, so easy for the whole family! Can't wait to come here after a fresh snow and do it again!

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Daniel Johnson
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SnowshoeingGreat!Snow

Great day for snowshoeing.

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kelly northrup
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Matt Spickler
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Dan Petersen
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kelly northrup
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Daniel Johnson
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Hiking

Great hike. Gets a little busy at the Discovery Center late morning/early afternoon. Plenty of people and dogs to say hello to.

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richard derikart
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Dan Petersen
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Taly RA
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Half of the trail is very nice and the other half in too close to the traffic

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Dan Petersen
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Wilk Raj
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Nice one

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Katie Aiken
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richard derikart
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Dan Petersen
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Gina Feliciano
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What a lovely find. Gorgeous trees and great info around the trail to tell you about the ecosystem. Gentle and useable by all levels. Will be back.

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tammy thayer
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Dan Asylum
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this preserve is actually built on a landfill and next to a current landfill. you can smell it when there is a breeze on some parts of the trail. other than some erosion on the trail uncovering some of the buried plastic trash underneath the trail is well maintained and its a nice walk. although not quiet on most of the preserve due to proximity to busy roads and highways.

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Bill Kahn
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Hiking

Very nice; well maintained. Generally flat

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Joe Salfelder
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Hiking

Nice trail. Loose sand will keep you honest. Staircase not trivial for biking. Will come back.

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Abigail Hopkins
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Kelly Lu
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HikingGreat!

Kids friendly. Very flat. The trail is a sand trail, so it’s kind of unique. My kids constantly stops and dig on the ground/play with the sand, and they saw a lot of snake holes. Some area does not have shade so it can be hot, and there is part that near the high-way so a little noisy. Overall an awesome trail.

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Mary Asprion
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Jason Wilson
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It was fine. clean, easy, quick hike.

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M. P.
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Hiking

Yellow trail longest of 3 at Pine Bush. Well kept, good hills. Easy trail for mountain bikers as well

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Tara Wood
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Hiking

Nice but lots of highway noise. Not as pretty as other pine Bush loops. Heavily travelled.

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Liwei Hao
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Bugs

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