The Albany Pine Bush Preserve
The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is a unique ecosystem that is home to a variety of plants and animals. The preserve offers a habitat that is vastly different from the surrounding New York area. With over 3,000 acres of land and 20 miles of hiking trails, this place is perfect for everyone looking to see environmental diversity. Walk alongside sand dunes and learn about the history of the preserve and how its habitat depends on regular fires to renew its plant life.
Indian Ladder Trail at Thacher State Park
A short drive from Albany, Thacher State Park is a popular spot for hiking and outdoor adventuring. With several waterfalls, caves, limestone cliffs, and stunning views of the Hudson Valley area, the Indian Ladder Trail is perfect for those looking for a picturesque hiking spot. This trail is relatively flat, bookended by staircases, and great for hikers of all skill levels.
Saratoga Spa State Park
One of the most popular destinations in Saratoga and a national landmark, the State Park offers miles of hiking trails perfect for all. Stroll through the trails and stop to check out the historic mineral springs. The State Park is also home to Saratoga Performing Arts Center, one of the largest outdoor venues in the country, with two lovely golf courses, and several public pools. This is the perfect spot to spend the day exploring! The gentle terrain offered in the park lends itself perfectly to all activities and all seasons. Enjoy the beautiful weather and trails in the spring, summer, and fall, and in the winter, be sure to bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes! Park staff also offer group hiking tours.
Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park
A short drive from downtown Saratoga Springs, the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park sits on over 2,000 acres! This well-maintained preserve is home to diverse wildlife and greenery. With plenty of trails for hiking, and numerous observation platforms and benches to sit and enjoy the great outdoors, this park is a great place for nature enthusiasts to explore. The preserve is located on the ancestral homeland of several Native American tribes- Mohican, Mohawk, and Abenaki, and is a protected oasis to the federally endangered Karner Blue Butterfly.
Making the Move to the Capital Region?
The Capital Region is home to plenty of incredible places to explore in New York! Our Burns Management team knows the ins and outs of our communities and the best places for our residents to explore. If you’re looking to make the move to the Upstate New York area, let our team help. With dozens of apartment communities across the capital region, we’re sure to find the one that’s perfect for you. Give us a call today!