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Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Albany

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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.The Albany Pine Bush is the sole remaining undeveloped portion of a pine barrens that once covered over 40sqmi, and is "one of the best remaining examples of an inland pine barrens ecosystem in the world." By 2008 it included all parcels of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve (a state nature preserve spanning 3200acres), the properties that connect these protected parcels, and some of the surrounding areas that abut the preserve. The 135acre Woodlawn Preserve and surrounding areas in Schenectady County are the western sections of the Pine Bush; they are separated geographically by other properties from the Albany Pine Bush Preserve in Albany County.The Pine Bush has been a historical, cultural, and environmental asset to the Capital District and Hudson Valley regions of New York. Pioneers moving west passed through the pine barrens, which later was crossed by the first passenger railroad in the United States. The Pine Bush is home to the Karner Blue butterfly, an endangered species first identified by author Vladimir Nabokov in 1944 using a type specimen from the Pine Bush.
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  • Nice easy no elevation walk not far from the populated areas of Albany and Guilderland. Not all that thrilling for views and a bit buggy (wear DEET) If you have the time, there are probably better pla...  more »
  • Took 84 kids to this venue. Staff super knowledgeable. Super friendly. They took a lot of time with the children making sure they were understanding of each child and question. Also highly recommended...  more »
  • Visited in June of 2016 while on a family vacation through New York and Quebec. This is a very unique preserve and I recommend it for those who can appreciate the biodiversity represented there. [I re...  more »
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  • It's was OK. Lived here all my life and never been here. Trails were descent. One was very sandy. Almost like a beach sand. The one trail wanders near I90. Weird. But that's what it did. There is also a visitor type center that learn about the history of the place. Will probably go back in the fall.
  • Such an awesome place, from kids to grown ups everybody has something for them to learn. To top it all its all at no charge. Recommend to visit this place once, then you may think about revisiting. Kids love it much.
  • A very educational experience. I attended the Red Fox educational program they had for the that day followed by a short hike with a very knowledgeable guide. She was patient with the kids and pointed out everything we did not know about this protected piece of sandy pine bush we have right alongside the highway. Open to the public all seasons for all kinds of activities and you can bring your dog along for a hike .. great experience, especially for kids too.
  • Wonderful variety of birds in a unique landscape. Plan at least 2-3 hours on the orange trail to take everything in or go for a jog for a great workout! The sand on the trails makes for an easier time on your feet and some of the views are terrific.
  • Went on a field trip with first graders. It was a wonderful experience. They had a lot of fun.

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