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Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Albany, Albany Co.

pine barrens, people with binoculars, karner blue

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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

Where to Watch

  • Fire-dependent pitch pine-scrub oak barrens
  • Vernal (spring) ponds
  • Hardwood swamps, hardwood forests, deep ravines
  • Sand dunes

Recreational Opportunities

  • Fully accessible and interactive visitor center
  • Extensive trail system for hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, horseback riding

Accessible Features

International Symbol of Accessibility

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.


3,100 acres

Closest Town



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Contact information

Telephone: 518-456-0655

Address: 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205

Website: Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Photo Credits: Frank Knight, Wendy Craney, Walley Haley