Albany Pine Bush Preserve
For seasoned ecologists, animal lovers, outdoorspeople, and athletes alike, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve provides the perfect atmosphere for your daily workout and dose of scenic tranquility. Immerse yourself among the foliage on trails by foot or bike. Trails remain open to visitors in the winter for snowshoeing or skiing.
One of only twenty inland pine barrens left in the entire world, this 3,200-acre preserve is predominantly defined by gently rolling sand dunes that support an extraordinary fire-dependent habitat. Home to more than 45 New York State-designated Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, this globally-rare ecosystem also offers visitors 18 miles of trails for an assortment of non-motorized recreational opportunities including hiking, jogging, nature study, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing.
The Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art interpretive center that introduces visitors to everything that makes the Preserve rare and adventurous. Come experience interactive exhibits, the interpretive Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history and cultural history of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free.