WELCOME TO THE ALBANY PINE BUSH PRESERVE. Located between the majestic Catskill and Adirondack mountains, this 3,350 acre preserve offers visitors an experience rich in geological, natural and cultural history. Known for its gently rolling sand-dunes, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is home to a unique variety of rare plants and animals, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. Visitors young and old are invited to venture into the preserve or explore the Discovery Center where learning comes naturally through hands-on activities.
Directions to APB
From I-87 take exit 2W (Rt 5 West, Central Avenue). Follow Rt 5 for about 2 miles then turn left onto Rt 155 (New Karner Rd). Continue on Rt 155 for about 1.2 miles. The Discovery Center is located on the left at 195 New Karner Road.
The preserve contains nearly 20 miles of official marked, multiple-use trails. Most trails are considered easy to moderate and vary from wide open sandy trails to narrow, grassy woodland passages. The topography is generally flat with gradual slopes up and down the natural sand dunes.
In the spring, summer and fall the Pine Bush can be very hot and dry. Remember to bring your drinking water and sunscreen. In the winter trails can get icy. Snowshoes or cramp-ons are a good idea at these times.
year round, 24/7
November 24, 2020
Discover the Night
July 14, 2020
Endangered Karner Blue Butterfly Population Boom
YOU CAN HELP
Become part of a community of friends that protect the unique habitat at the Albany Pine Bush. Friends of the Pine Bush Community help people get out to enjoy nature and seize opportunities to participate in local learning and scientific research.
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