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

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.

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The Preserve

is 3,300 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.

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The Calendar

has the most up to date information about events happening in the Preserve and Discovery Center. From Science Lecture Series to volunteer work days.

Discovery Center Hours

Free admission, open year-round
Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm
Saturday, Sunday & most holidays* 10am – 4pm

*Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas

Hunting, Fishing and Trapping

Trail camera image of wild turkeys. Two are walking away from the camera and one is staring at the camera.

Click here to learn more about Hunting, Fishing and Trapping in the preserve.

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How to Dress

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Dress for the weather, wear sturdy walking shoes or if there is snow on the ground boots, and bring drinking water. Bring a rain coat if there is rain in the forecast. Check out the local weather for the preserve here