Albany Pine Bush, Albany, NY – Lots of short, easy trails on flat terrain. However, lots of ticks! I usually avoid the Pine Bush when possible, because every time we did tick checks, the kids had ticks on them even when we were careful about staying on the trail.
Albany Pine Bush, NY – Lots of short, easy trails. **Check for ticks!!**
Art Omi, Ghent, NY – Approximately 30 mins from Albany. Pair with High Falls Conservation Area. These are not hiking trails, but many acres to walk at your leisure and explore.
Christman Sanctuary, Duanesburg, NY (Capital Region) – Short hike to a waterfall. There is a short set of stairs where you should supervise younger kids.
Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve, Clifton Park, NY (Capital Region) – Easy walk through the woods, but ultimately not very scenic.
Falling Waters Preserve, Saugerties, NY – beautiful, short walk to a lighthouse. Fun on a day trip in warm weather, and bring a lunch or snack to enjoy at the lighthouse!
Great Flats Nature Trail, Schenectady, NY (Capital Region)
Hannacroix Ravine Preserve, Voorheesville, NY (Capital Region) – 2.5 mile loop, but you don’t have to do the whole thing. Nice streams to explore and flip rocks.
High Falls Conservation Area, Hudson, NY (about 45 minutes from Albany) – Short walk to a waterfall, and a good hike to pair with Art Omi as a day trip.
Hyuck Preserve, Rensselaerville, NY – Nice trail with a beautiful waterfall.
Indian Kill Preserve, Schenectady, NY (Capital Region) – Easy, rambling hike through the woods, and streams to explore.
Landis Arboretum, Esperance, NY (Capital Region) – Nice area to walk around with a couple of sculptures. Kids may not be impressed with the plants, but it is also a nice place to picnic.
Limestone Rise Preserve, Knox, NY (Capital Region) – Short, easy hike with kids. Watch younger kids so they don’t get hurt on rock formations.
Moccasin Kill Sanctuary, Schenectady, NY (Capital Region) – Neat place to explore with unique rock formations.
Sanders Preserve, Town of Glenville, NY (Capital Region) – Not the best maintained, but a neat stream to explore.
Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga, NY (Capital Region) – Great place for kids to explore, from the trails to the springs, play areas, picnic areas and more.
Saugerties Lighthouse, NY – Nice, short walk to a lighthouse. Bring a lunch or snack to enjoy at the lighthouse!
Thacher Park Indian Ladder Trail, Voorheesville, NY (Capital Region) – Very scenic trail; use caution with younger children when it comes to staying away from edges.
Vosburgh Trails, Guilderland, NY (Capital Region) – Short, easy hike.
Wolf Creek Falls Preserve, Altamont/Knox, NY (Capital Region) – Nice area to explore, with some streams where you can flip rocks.
Woodlawn Nature Preserve, Schenectady, NY (Capital Region) – Short walk around a lake, but unfortunately flooded and grown in when we visited.