Your Adventure Starts Here...
This place is the best remaining inland pitch pine-scrub oak barrens ecosystem in the world! The wind swept sand dunes support a unique variety of rare plants and animals that create exceptional pine barrens natural communities. Explore the landscape around you. Discover for yourself the wonder of the Albany Pine Bush.
The Discovery Center
is your best first stop when visiting the area. Gather at the DC and learn about the natural, geologic and cultural history of the area through our interactive exhibits. Talk to our interpretive staff and get the most up to date information about trail closures, conditions and maps. Grab a bottle of water and gear from our Gift Shop and hit the trail in the know.
is 3,350 acres and is host to a unique diversity of plants and animals. Hike one of our over 20 miles of multi-use passive recreational trails to explore this sandy oasis in the middle of the Capital Region.
has the most up to date information about events happening in the Preserve and Discovery Center. From Science Lecture Series to volunteer work days. All in person public programs have been temporarily suspended. Check the calendar for upcoming online webinars.
Discovery Center Hours
Free admission, open year-round
Thurs-Fri 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Sat-Sun 10am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Closed on most national holidays. Check our calendar.
Click here to learn more about Hunting, Fishing and Trapping in the preserve.
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