Albany Pine Bush Preserve

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Albany Pine Bush Preserve

New York

(518) 456-0655

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Overview

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's gently rolling sand plain is home to a variety of rare plants and animals, including the Federally-endangered Karner blue butterfly. Of global ecological significance, this diverse ecosystem contains a variety of habitats, including fire-dependent pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, vernal ponds, red maple hardwood swamps, hardwood forests, and deep ravines. The 3,200-acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve creates a special habitat for a number of rare and unique plants and animals, while providing visitors with an assortment of non-motorized recreational opportunities including hiking, jogging, nature study, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing. Viewing Information: Most appealing for its unusual vegetation and gently rolling sand dunes, the Pine Bush differs strikingly from the typical deciduous forests found throughout New York and New England.

Map of Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Latitude, Longitude: 42.718694, -73.864771

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Designated a Bird Conservation Area in 2008, the Preserve also supports more than 90 bird species. Frequently observed birds include the eastern towhee, American woodcock, prairie warbler, indigo bunting, great horned owl, and red-tailed hawk. Watch for recent evidence of prescribed fire along the trail. Fire management is used to maintain the flora and fauna of the Pine Bush.

  • Bicycling

    The Albany Pine Brush Preserve contains many official mountain biking trails.

  • Fishing

    The preserve offers limited fishing opportunities.

  • Hiking

    Preserve trails are open year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Historic Sites

    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 ideal for training sessions, meetings, small conferences, special events, business retreats and private parties. The state-of-the-art LEED "Gold" green building features 1,484 square feet of meeting room space; three fully AV equipped, Wi-Fi accessible meeting rooms; a unique greeting area with 3,500 square feet of interactive nature center exhibits; and kitchen space for catered meal prep/storage.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is permitted on trails.

  • Hunting

    The Albany Pine Bush Preserve allows hunting on its grounds including small game hunting. For a full list of rules and regulations, visit the preserve website: albanypinebush.org

  • Picnicking

    Though the Discovery Center does not offer food for purchase, visitors are allowed to bring food to enjoy outdoors. Please leave no trash behind in an effort to maintain the preserve.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Surprisingly, for its relatively small size, the Pine Bush has 45 wildlife "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" of the 538 found in New York State. This includes 16 birds, 12 reptiles and amphibians, and 17 insects, as well as, two rare natural communities, and hundreds of other more common, but no less worthy species. It also supports more than 20 at-risk species that are either state or federally listed as rare or endangered including one of the most famous residents, the endangered Karner blue butterfly. Mammals commonly observed include fisher, white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbits, red and gray fox, and eastern coyote. The eastern spadefoot (a toad), hognose snake, and spotted turtle are among the reptiles and amphibians that can be observed in the warmer months.

  • Winter Sports

    Trails can be used to snowshoe during winter months.

Directions

Driving

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.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(518) 456-0655

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