Albany Pine Bush Preserve: Karner Barrens East Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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 to explore an area that had lost its original character to development and invasive species, but is now reemerging—the result of a careful program of prescribed burning and mowing down of the scrub oak that crowded out the original pitch pine and its counterparts.
Watch for all kinds of wildflowers edging the path, from the wild blue lupines on the blue trail to marsh marigolds, columbine, and bunchberry. Field sparrows’ bouncing ping-pong ball song rises from the open meadows, and wood thrushes call from deep in the woods. Watch for chipmunks in twos and threes
dashing across the path, and look for evidence of white-tailed deer munching on leaves on the low tree branches."