The Town is pleased to offer a new interactive mapping of hiking trails located within the Town. In addition to the Town’s hiking trails at Tawasentha Park and Vosburgh open space, there also hiking trails managed by the Albany Pine Bush Commission, DEC and Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. Using the interactive map, you can zoom to a specific trail for detailed information including a trail description, length, and trailhead locations and general information useful for hikers, runners, cyclists and winter sports enthusiasts. Below are summaries of these hiking options:
Tawasentha Park, a 192.5 acre park, is located at 188 Route 146. Tawasentha Park is the jewel among the Town’s eight parks and has roughly 5 miles of easy to moderate trails which traverse woods and along stream banks in the Park with the option of continuing via a pedestrian bridge to grasslands and sloped woodlands in the Winter Recreation Area. The trails are also popular for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. You can access the trails at marked locations in the Park, the Winter Recreation Area and the Community Gardens. More information, including a copy of the hiking trails map, is downloadable here.
Vosburgh Trails is the new hiking system that traverses 124 acres of Town-owned open space. The trails provide an easy loop (2.1 miles) through grasslands with a shortcut to a vista view. The loop trail also connects to a spur which continues along a wooded crest to the Watervliet Reservoir and popular pedestrian bridge over the Normanskill Creek. A roundtrip from Vosburgh Road trailhead to the Reservoir is about 3 miles. Trailheads are located on Vosburgh Drive, at the end of the sidewalk on Millingstone Way, and at French's Mill Road.
The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission (APBPC) is a public benefit corporation which manages the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, a nationally recognized rare inland pitch pine scrub oak barrens. The Preserve has 18 miles of ten marked multiple use trails. The trails are considered easy to moderate, usually flat with gentle slopes, over sandy trails and woodland passages. These trails are open to snowshoeing with crampons recommended for icy conditions.
The Great Dune Trail consists of the Red Trail (1.8 miles), Blue Trail (1.4 miles), and Yellow Trail (1.3 miles) with diverse forests, rolling sand dunes, including the one mile long and 75 foot tall Great Dune, wild lupine wildflowers and Karner Blue Butterfly in May and June, and other natural resources. The Great Dune Trail is accessible at a trailhead at the end of Willow Street at Tera Court.
The Hunger Kill Barrens Trail consists of the Purple Trail (2.9 miles), a “through” trail, with trailheads in the Town’s DiCaprio Park and at the Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead. The Blue Trail (0.6 miles), a loop trail, and White Trail (0.5 miles), a back and forth trails, are accessible at a trailhead at Volunteer Firemen’s Park at the end of DiBella Drive.
More information about APBPC, the Pine Bush Preserve, and it trails at www.albanypinebush.org.
The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is a non-profit organization which protects natural, scenic, agricultural, and cultural landscapes in the Mohawk and Hudson River valleys. Among is 18 nature preserves is the Bozen Kill Preserve, about 214 acres, with three trails, including the moderate Red Trail (0.64 miles) and White Trail (0.58 miles) which traverse along ravine above the Bozen Kill, with picturesque wooded setting, view points, and a water fall. The Mike Love Trail (0.17 miles) is an easy loop trail. The Preserve trailhead is located on Westfall Road outside the Village of Altamont. You can obtain more information about MHLC, its preserves, and trails www.mohawkhudson.org.