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The Albany Pine Bush, referred to locally as the Pine Bush, is one of the largest of the 20 inland pine barrens in the world. It is centrally located in New York's Capital District within Albany and Schenectady counties, between the cities of Albany and Schenectady. The Albany Pine Bush was formed thousands of years ago, following the drainage of Glacial Lake Albany.
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The Pine Bush is a beautiful place and unique ecosystem. My dog loves it too, but be sure to check for ticks before you head home.
Great place to go hiking, many trails. And alot of parking at the nature center and can hope on the trails. They also have bathrooms and bike paths too. Only down fall is the debris and glass in some areas. Other than that great place. With lots of nature life
I went with my 3 year old and we had a great time. There were a variety of different hikes. We did the blue trail which was perfect. My only complaint was there were no benches along the trail.
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.
Did the barrens. Nice walk, well marked, very close to town. Would like to explore more when I get there again.
Very well marked trails and informative signage. A truly unique ecological environment in NY. We had a great time exploring multiple trails and areas
While I love the area, trails, and activities provided here, there are two things I can't stand. 1. I've never seen so many ticks in my entire life. WARNING DO NOT BRING PETS. The first time I went with my dog he encountered anywhere from 20-30 ticks (literally). I was scared for his well being. The second time my GF and I went here for a bird listening study and checked ourselves for ticks before we jumped in the car. Got home found a minuscule tick on myself and my GF found 2 on her and 1 in her hair. THE PINE BUSH PRESERVE HAS A VERY SERIOUS TICK ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. 2. There is a massive city dump on the preserve.
Amazing preserve. So beautiful, the staff are really nice and helpful. The Discovery center is interactive and great for kids!!!
While I wouldn't call this a location to go for a "hike" ... I would say this is a fantastic place to explore nature and much of its beauty. Some of the trails are sandy and are covered with pine needles and leaves so watch your footing. Depending on what trail you end up taking they may be challenging for some individuals. Have s good time, be safe, and enjoy the beauty that is nature.
This is such a peaceful place to be. Very safe to be alone or with family and friends. Pet friendly, and FREE mom's and dad's!! Staff are very friendly and helpful, I definitely recommend a visit!!
Beautiful preserve. Love to mountain bike here. Some Trails are smooth Sandy Rolling Hills, but some are deep sand with steep hills and twisty path.
Spring is coming, so get your hiking boots ready... Pick any trail and enjoy all Mother Nature provides! Watch for signs of animal activity...turkeys are doing their dance with their fans all open!
Great place for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. A treasure in Colonie great pine barrens with A learning center. Good for all ages.
A nice little oasis tucked between a couple of highways. In addition to a nice network of trails, there is also the Discovery Center. It's basically a place that provides classes and tours on the ecosystem. Check out all the pics to get a rough idea, but it's a beautiful place to spend some time.
Staff was welcoming, clean and informative. Much smaller than expected. Geared toward elementary school aged and older. My 2 yr Old was entertained for about 45 min. Anything outdoors were off limits due to weather ( winter ). May try again durring summer months.
Nice set of trails. There were a lot of cars in the parking lot, but we only ran into a couple of people. We did the yellow trail today. Perfect length-not too long and not too short. Nice and peaceful hike until we got to the section that parallels the highway. As other reviewers have said, the trails at the main location were Sandy. Lots of bike tracks in the sand. I would love to mountain bike this. Can't wait to investigate some of the satellite trails.
My daughter, grandchildren and I went February 21, on a really warm day. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely walking the blue trail. Unfortunately, when we got home we discovered my grandson and I had ticks on us. Early for ticks so be cautious and check yourselves folks. We'll be returning in the spring better prepared.