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Albany Pine Bush Preserve

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Address: New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205
Phone Number: +1 518-785-1800
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One of the most endangered regions in the Northeastern United Sates...

One of the most endangered regions in the Northeastern United Sates contains almost 6,000 acres of scenic and dramatic landscape rooted in glacial history.

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Home to an endangered species of Butterfly

An interesting nature preserve of sand that is host to the endangered species of butterfly known as the Karner Blue butterfly. The preserve, itself, is one of the largest inland... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 October 2016
theatrefanforever
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Burlington, North Carolina
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Delmar, New York
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Mostly flat, There are several access points to the various trails. Some trails off Route 155 are sandy, some further west and east off Fuller Rd are packed dirt. Not much shade in many spots. Nice to not have to go far to get some quiet time.

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Burlington, North Carolina
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

An interesting nature preserve of sand that is host to the endangered species of butterfly known as the Karner Blue butterfly. The preserve, itself, is one of the largest inland pine barrens in the world. There are a lot of great hiking trails through the area, and an interesting center that educates you about the history of how the preserve... More 

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Albany, New York
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Some places you have to travel a little bit of distance to get away from the hustle and bustle of things here in Albany. This place preserve is very east to get to, easy access to the area and trails that allow you to take a brief brake out of your business of life. It's important to take a second... More 

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Latham, New York
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Having lived adjacent to this spectacular treasure for almost 20 years, it is ever changing, dynamic, educational and FREE. Huge inland sand dunes, the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly, blue alpine (a must for the Karner Blue), Gorgeous vistas, trees, trails, and in the Winter - cross country skiing. I believe the next closest ecosystem is in New Jersey. A rare... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I walked here in April, and it was a very pleasant, easy walk. You can make it as long or as short as you like. In April, it was covered in snow and was quite magical. At times you'd have no idea you were next to a busy road. There is a landfill site at the far end, and it... More 

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SHINGLEHOUSE
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

We arrived here after the visitor center had closed so we were only able to see the things outside. It was very nice. Our only problem was that we couldn't find a map posted to know how long the trails were. We began walking a trail but turned back because it was getting dark and we didn't know how long... More 

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Albany, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Before you ride, walk, snowshoe, run, or hike these trails - be very VERY aware of what ticks are and how lyme disease works. There is a great likelihood you will pick up ticks - large, the deer tick and the large one from Texas - when you visit this location. There is some beauty to this scrubby pre-historic land.... More 

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Albany, United States
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

Great place to visit and so close to everything. Trails are mostly easy especially if you stay on the side of the visitors center. We have always walked the trails on the opposite side. When you are in there it is hard to believe traffic is only a few minutes away.

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Thank Pat M
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

If you want a guided tour at night to find salamanders, or a day hike to find butterflies, visit the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. The preserve, a unique ecosystem, is the only home of the Karner Blue butterfly. The guides are great, but you can hike the preserve year round on your own. Where else can you be within a... More 

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Summit, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

I had come here a few weeks ago to do some trail running. The trails are very well-marked and easy to navigate and the difficulty level is pretty low. The foliage wasn't much to see this time of year, but that's to be expected. There are other reviews mentioning ticks and there is plenty of signage along the trails to... More 

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