We will be hiking a portion of the Blue Trail (.50 miles) starting at the Discovery Center to the connector (.18 miles) then to the red (.50 miles) and blue trail (.80 miles). This hike will last approximately 1.5 hours and is easy.
Here is a little history of the Pinebush: The Albany Pine Bush is known as an inland pine barrens ecosystem. One of the largest of only about 20 other inland pine barrens worldwide, the Albany Pine Bush is globally rare. It was formed toward the end of the last Ice Age 12,000 - 15,000 years ago. At this time a large glacial lake stretched from present day Glens Falls, NY to Newburgh, NY. Over time, the water drained leaving behind the sandy deposits of the lake floor. These sandy soils now support the Albany Pine Bush ecosystem. Less than 20% of the original Albany Pine Bush ecosystem still survives today.
Appropriate hiking footwear is recommended.
Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)
- please be dressed for the weather, we will go rain or shine
- wear appropriate hiking footwear
- headlamp or flashlight
- please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as rain gear, day pack and bug repellant
- camera and binoculars if you have them
Directions to the Discovery Center:
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 light onto Route 155 South (New Karner Road). Travel approximately 1 mile to a second light. Turn left into 195 New Karner Road. Trailhead #1 (Karner Barrens East) is located at the rear of the Discovery Center parking lot at 195 New Karner Road.
If you have any trouble finding us, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text. Look for my red Jeep Grand Cherokee!
I hope you can join us for this hike.