New York

Albany Pine Bush Preserve/Kings Highway


Length: 20.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Greenway
Agency: Commission
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Albany, New York
State(s): New York
Longitude: -73.86439
Latitude: 42.71894

Driving Directions

From I-90: Take I-90 East or West to I-87 (Northway) North, follow directions for I-87.

From I-87 North or South: Take I-87 to Exit 2W (Route 5 West). Travel west approximately 2 miles and turn left at the light onto Route 155 South (New Karner Road). Travel approximately 1 mile to the second light. Parking for Trailhead #1 (Karner Barrens) is located at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center parking lot at 195 New Karner Road.

Trailhead #7 (Madison Avenue Pinelands) is another 0.25 miles at the third light where you turn right and travel to the trailhead at the end of Madison Avenue Extension.

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The 3,350+ - acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP), located in New York’s Capital District, protects one of the best remaining inland pitch pine-scrub oak barrens in the world. This extraordinary fire-dependent ecosystem provides habitat for many plants and animals, including more than 20 percent of New York State’s wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, such as the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The APBP is a National Natural Landmark, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site, National Recreation Trail, a New York State Unique Area and Bird Conservation Area, and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and over 20 miles of trails, the APBP offers visitors many recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing. Most trails are considered easy to moderate and vary from wide open sandy trails to narrow grass woodland paths. The topography gradually slopes up and down the dunes.

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is a public-private partnership created by the NYS Legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the APBP and provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities. The Management Plan for the APBP guides all aspects of expanding and managing the preserve. The Commission’s goal is a preserve of 5,380 acres.

As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany, is a “green” certified interpretive center where visitors come to understand why the Pine Bush is rare and special. A visit to this unique destination is an exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, an outdoor Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history, cultural history and management of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a fee for some programs). The Center is open daily weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends 10am-4pm. For more information, visit or call 518-456-0655.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Sand
Secondary Surface: Sand

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Discovery Center Visitor Services
195 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205
[email protected]



Pine barrens landscape.

Pine barrens landscape.



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