Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Albany, Albany Co.
Explore this inland pine-barrens ecosystem (one of the few left in the world) and you might catch sight
of a silvery blue butterfly-the endangered Karner blue! This butterfly is dependent on the wild blue lupine
that grows only in the dry, sandy, open woods and clearings of the pine barrens.
Wildlife to Watch
- Karner blue butterfly
- Fisher, white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbits, red fox and gray fox, coyote
- Eastern towhee, American woodcock, prairie warbler, indigo bunting, great horned owl, red-tailed hawk.
- Eastern spadefoot toad, hognose snake, spotted turtle
Where to Watch
- Fire-dependent pitch pine-scrub oak barrens
- Vernal (spring) ponds
- Hardwood swamps, hardwood forests, deep ravines
- Sand dunes
- Fully accessible and interactive visitor center
- Extensive trail system for hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, horseback riding
This site has accessible features that include a visitors center and trail. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.
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Address: 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205
Website: Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Photo Credits: Frank Knight, Wendy Craney, Walley Haley