Albany, NY Trails and Parks

Albany has 23 trails in the vicinity, including 22 hiking trails and 5 for trail running. These trails range from 0.1 to 6 miles in length. The most popular trails are John Boyd Thacher State Park, Schodack Island State Park and Grafton Lakes State Park: Long Pond Trail. Trails.com member Christine M. recently completed Onteora Lake / Bluestone Wild Forest.
  • John Boyd Thacher State Park

    3 Reviews

    Albany, NY

    Boasts of this 2,300-acre park include 6 miles of the famous Helderberg Escarpment, one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world, dramatic cliffs, Mohawk-Hudson Valley panoramas, ...
    •  1-2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Boasts of this 2,300-acre park include 6 miles of the famous Helderberg Escarpment, one of the richest fossil-bearing formations ...

  • Schodack Island State Park

    1 Reviews

    Albany, NY

    Walk in the footsteps of native people who lived here 4,000 years ago on this slender island between the Hudson River and Schodack Creek. Today, you can enjoy this wilderness on an easy, level ...
    •  2.5
    •  5.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Walk in the footsteps of native people who lived here 4,000 years ago on this slender island between the Hudson River and ...

  • Hudson River Valley Getaway

    1 Reviews

    Albany, NY

    The beauty of the Hudson River, with its tremendous cliffs amid views around each bend, has a geologic history of at least seventy-five million years. During the Ice Age the glaciers ground out ...
    •  One day to several days
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    The beauty of the Hudson River, with its tremendous cliffs amid views around each bend, has a geologic history of at least ...

  • Grafton Lakes State Park: Long Pond Trail

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    Albany, NY

    This multiuse recreational area offers its fields, streams, woods, and lakes for all manner of outdoor activities, from horseback riding to nature photography, as well as excellent fishing for ...
    •  1.5
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This multiuse recreational area offers its fields, streams, woods, and lakes for all manner of outdoor activities, from horseback ...

  • Peekamoose Road

    0 Reviews

    Albany, NY

    How many waterfalls does it take to turn a country road into a tourist attraction? You’ll see. Here in the midst of the protected lands of Catskill Park, Peekamoose Road stretches along the ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.4 miles
    •  Guide

    How many waterfalls does it take to turn a country road into a tourist attraction? You’ll see. Here in the midst of the protected ...

  • Kaaterskill and Bastion Falls

    0 Reviews

    Albany, NY

    The tallest falls in New York State is one of the Catskills’ most visited natural areas. If you only have time to take one hike in the Catskill Mountains, make it this one—a strenuous half mile ...
    •  1.25 hours
    •  1.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The tallest falls in New York State is one of the Catskills’ most visited natural areas. If you only have time to take one ...

  • High Falls/Titusville Mountain

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    Albany, NY

    A fragrant balsam forest, an easy walk over soft needles, and a vigorous scramble for stunning waterfall views sum up this short hike. Here on the banks of the Salmon River, you’re in for a treat: ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A fragrant balsam forest, an easy walk over soft needles, and a vigorous scramble for stunning waterfall views sum up this ...

  • Creamery Road Falls

    0 Reviews

    Albany, NY

    In a town ravaged by Hurricane Irene, this falls survived and flourished.
    •  5-10 minutes
    •  0.1 miles
    •  Guide

    In a town ravaged by Hurricane Irene, this falls survived and flourished.

  • Christman Sanctuary

    0 Reviews

    Albany, NY

    A quiet wood disguises a narrow, hidden path along the edge of Bozen Kill, with spectacular views of three waterfalls along its length. When The Nature Conservancy acquired this property from ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    A quiet wood disguises a narrow, hidden path along the edge of Bozen Kill, with spectacular views of three waterfalls along ...

  • Kaaterskill and Bastion Falls

    0 Reviews

    Albany, NY

    The tallest waterfall in New York State is one of the Catskills’ most visited natural areas. If you only have time to take one hike in the Catskill Mountains, make it this one—a challenging 0.5 ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  1.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The tallest waterfall in New York State is one of the Catskills’ most visited natural areas. If you only have time to take ...

  • New York State (except NYC) - Rough Guides

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    Albany, NY

    However much the tourist authorities try to encourage visitors, the large and rambling state of New York stands inevitably in the shadow of America’s most celebrated city. The words “New York” ...
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    However much the tourist authorities try to encourage visitors, the large and rambling state of New York stands inevitably ...

  • Five Rivers Enviromental Education Center: North Loop Trail

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    Albany, NY

    This well-tended trail leads along an exquisite meadow, into the woods, and along wetlands for a full range of natural sights. Originally New York’s first state-run experimental game farm, Five ...
    •  1.25
    •  2.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This well-tended trail leads along an exquisite meadow, into the woods, and along wetlands for a full range of natural sights. ...

  • John Boyd Thacher State Park: Indian Ladder Trail

    0 Reviews

    Albany, NY

    Limestone cliffs, spectacular valley views, hanging gardens, jagged rock formations, and coves behind waterfalls: this is the must-see trail in the Capital region. Of the many excellent hiking ...
    •  1
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Limestone cliffs, spectacular valley views, hanging gardens, jagged rock formations, and coves behind waterfalls: this is ...

  • Albany Pine Bush Preserve: Karner Barrens East

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    Albany, NY

    It’s not often that we have an opportunity to see pine barrens, especially those in inland locations away from ocean coasts. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve offers a particularly high quality chance ...
    •  1.25
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    It’s not often that we have an opportunity to see pine barrens, especially those in inland locations away from ocean coasts. ...

  • Thompsons Lake

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    Albany, NY

    This spring-fed lake covers 128 acres, averages 41 feet deep, and drops to a maximum depth of 60 feet. Its shoreline is heavily developed in private residences, and there’s a state park and campground ...
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    This spring-fed lake covers 128 acres, averages 41 feet deep, and drops to a maximum depth of 60 feet. Its shoreline is heavily ...

  • Erie Canalway Trail: Pittsford to Fairport

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    Albany, NY

    This historic canal towpath is now an 84-mile recreational trail, a developed stretch of the canal’s total 360 miles. This section reveals the canal’s famous Great Embankment, meanders through ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    This historic canal towpath is now an 84-mile recreational trail, a developed stretch of the canal’s total 360 miles. This ...

  • Erie Canalway Trail: Warners to Camillus

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    Albany, NY

    This straight, shaded trail segment reaches the midpoint of the original Erie Canal at Sims’ Store. From Albany to Buffalo, the Erie Canal towpath provides some of the most pleasant walking, ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This straight, shaded trail segment reaches the midpoint of the original Erie Canal at Sims’ Store. From Albany to Buffalo, ...

  • Onteora Lake / Bluestone Wild Forest

    0 Reviews

    Albany, NY

    A small mountain lake serves as the centerpiece for this Catskills highlight, a former mining area now blanketed by fragrant forest. This fairly challenging hike looks deceptively simple at ...
    •  1.75 hours
    •  3.3 miles
    •  Guide

    A small mountain lake serves as the centerpiece for this Catskills highlight, a former mining area now blanketed by fragrant ...

  • Vanderbilt Mansion Loop

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    Albany, NY

    See how the other one- millionth percent lived by walking in their footsteps, exploring the lush forests and scenic viewpoints of the very, very rich.
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    See how the other one- millionth percent lived by walking in their footsteps, exploring the lush forests and scenic viewpoints ...

  • Roosevelt Farm and Forest

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    Albany, NY

    Our nation’s only four- term president left us this uncommonly lovely woodland, as well as the carriage roads that bring us to its verdant heart.
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.7 miles
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    Our nation’s only four- term president left us this uncommonly lovely woodland, as well as the carriage roads that bring ...

  • Eleanor’s Walk and Top Cottage Trail

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    Albany, NY

    Hike through the forest planted on orders from President Franklin Roosevelt, and follow the swath cut by the twentieth century’s strongest and most influential First Lady. It’s not every day ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Hike through the forest planted on orders from President Franklin Roosevelt, and follow the swath cut by the twentieth century’s ...

  • Capital Hills Hiking Trail

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    Albany, NY

    Capital Hills Hiking Trail is a hiking trail in Albany, New York. It is a mile long and begins at 108 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 206 ...
    •  1.0 miles

    Capital Hills Hiking Trail is a hiking trail in Albany, New York. It is a mile long and begins at 108 feet altitude. Traveling ...

  • Stevens Farm Trail

    0 Reviews

    Albany, NY

    Stevens Farm Trail is a hiking trail in Albany, New York. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 97 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 76 feet. Near ...
    •  0.5 miles

    Stevens Farm Trail is a hiking trail in Albany, New York. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 97 feet altitude. Traveling ...