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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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  • 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 »
  • Mostly flat, There are several access points to the various trails. Some trails off Route 155 are sandy, some further west and east off Fuller Rd are packed dirt. Not much shade in many spots. Nice to...  more »
  • An interesting nature preserve of sand that is host to the endangered species of butterfly known as the Karner Blue butterfly. The preserve, itself, is one of the largest inland pine barrens in the wo...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great walks but Do check website or call Discovery Center for closed trails before you go
  • Great place to bring kids and wheelchair accessible. Lots of fun and inventive programs that are both educational as heck! As well as really cool trails they also have an amazing building chalk full of interactive exhibits. 😎