Albany Pine Bush Preserve Karner Barrens East

Albany, New York

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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.

Albany Pine Bush Preserve: Karner Barrens East Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Albany
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.25
Season: April through November
Local Contacts: Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Local Maps: Available at the Discovery Center at preserve entrance
Driving Directions: Directions to Albany Pine Bush Preserve: Karner Barrens East

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May 2018