Best trails in Albany, New York

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Looking for a great trail near Albany, New York? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Catskill Park or Peebles Island State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Mount Greylock State Reservation or Huyck Preserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 16 easy trails in Albany ranging from 0.6 to 5.7 miles and from 91 to 1,263 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Albany, New York
Top trails (18)
#1 - Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail
Albany, New York
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Length: 36.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
An easy to use paved trail that is perfect for biking, walking, and jogging along a 36 mile stretch of bike path. Lots of spaces to have a picnic, bird watch, and to view wildlife also. The hardest part of the trail is there are some large hills where you may have to get off your bike and walk it down. The route crosses the road in multiple areas. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically between four and eight feet wide. The grade is mostly gentle (all estimated under 5% except at about 24 miles when going north where it is steep - estimated over 12%).Show more
#2 - Fox Preserve Loop
Fox Preserve
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 25 m
The Fox Preserve is 70 acres of protected land in Colonie. This 70-acre property was donated to the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. The Fox Preserve’s trail system winds through diverse habitats. The trail passes Shaker Creek. Old oak trees provide habitat for migratory birds like the Baltimore oriole, and open fields create ideal nesting areas for eastern bluebirds, the state bird of New York.Show more
#3 - Hannacroix Ravine Orange Trail
Hannacroix Ravine Preserve
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
This 415-acre preserve is located in New Scotland and Berne, within Albany County, NY. Crossing several small streams and winding through a variety of woodland habitats, the 2.5 mile long orange-marked trail at Hannacroix Ravine Preserve has a few steep climbs. There are some 100-year-old hemlocks along the creek. Other trees, most common in the area west of the creek, include beech, yellow birch, basswood, red oak, sugar maple and red pine. In the spring, visitors often find a brilliant display of wildflowers, including columbine, hepatica, Dutchman’s breeches and bloodroot.Show more
#4 - Stevens Farm Trail
Normanskill Farm
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 46 m
#5 - Pinebush Preserve Loop
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
#6 - Rensselaer Lake Loop via Rapp Barren's Red Trail
Six Mile Waterworks Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
#7 - Bauer Environmental Park Loop
Bauer Environmental Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
The trail is about 90% boardwalk; easy to walk/run on and/or bring wheelchairs/strollers. All ages area able to walk here. Beautiful in the fall with leaf colors. Accessibility: This asphalt and wooden boardwalk trail is estimated to typically be at least 3 feet wide. AllTrails users have noted that some boards may be broken/missing and that passing is difficult because of the narrowness of the trail. There may not be pullout areas to pass safely. The slope is estimated to be flat to gentle and range from -3% (downhill) to 3% (uphill) grade. There are edge barriers and handrails along some portions of this trail. There is at least 1 ADA-compliant car parking spot with an access aisles at the small paved trailhead lots at either end of this trail.Show more
#8 - Capital Hills Golf Course
Albany, New York
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
This is a great place to get out and put on some miles during season while golfing is closed to the public. Very popular dog walking destination and if there is snow it offers an opportunity to cross country ski.Show more
#9 - Great Dune Purple Trail
Albany, New York
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#10 - Great Dune Yellow Trail and Red Trail
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
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