There are lots of great places to hike and explore in the Capital region. These are some of the trails we have checked out in and around the Albany, NY area, and up to about an hour away.  There are lots of great trails in the area, and plenty more out there that are not on this list!

This list contains lots of good hikes for kids, as we hike as a family.

Feel free to email me with questions or suggestions:

Also check out my other hiking posts:

~ Hikes for Toddlers in the Capital Region
~ Family Friendly Hikes in the Capital Region
~ Helpful Tips for Hiking with Kids
~ Tick Safety Tips
~ Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy 20 Preserve Challenge
~ Niskayuna 9 Hiking Challenge (looks like this has been discontinued?)

Hiking at Limestone Rise Preserve in Knox, New York

100 Acre Woods, Malta, NY

Albany Pine Bush, Albany, NY

Anchor Diamond Park, Ballston Spa, NY

Ann Lee Pond Nature & Historic Preserve, Albany, NY

Art Omi, Ghent, NY (not hiking trails, but many acres to walk)

Ashford Glen Preserve, Schenectady, NY

Bauer Environmental Park, Colonie, NY

Bennett Hill Preserve, Feura Bush, NY

Bozen Kill Preserve, Altamont, NY

Christman Sanctuary, Duanesburg, NY 

Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve, Clifton Park, NY 

Falling Waters Preserve, Saugerties, NY

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center Interpretive Trails, Voorheesville, NY

Fox Preserve, Latham, NY

Gray’s Crossing Park, Ballston Spa, NY

Great Flats Nature Trail, Schenectady, NY

Hannacroix Ravine Preserve, Voorheesville, NY 

Henry Gerber Reist Bird Sanctuary, Niskayuna, NY

High Point & Hang Glider Ledge at Thacher State Park, NY

High Falls Conservation Area, Hudson, NY (about 45 minutes from Albany)

Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary, Selkirk, NY 

Hyuck Preserve, Rensselaerville, NY

Indian Kill Preserve, Schenectady, NY 

Keleher Preserve, Voorheesville, NY

Kenrose Preserve, Knox, NY

Landis Arboretum, Esperance, NY 

Limestone Rise Preserve, Knox, NY 

Lisha Kill Natural Area, Niskayuna, NY

Moccasin Kill Sanctuary, Schenectady, NY 

Normans Kill East Preserve, Delmar, NY

Normans Kill West Preserve, Delmar, NY

Overlook Mountain, Catskills, NY

Peebles Island State Park, Cohoes, NY 

Phillipin Kill Preserve, Delmar, NY 

Pine Hollow Arboretum, Slingerlands, NY 

Plotter Kill Preserve, Schenectady, NY

Rensselaer Technology Park Bloomingdale Brook Waterfall Trail, Troy, NY

Restifo Sanctuary, Westerlo, NY

Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve, Saratoga Springs, NY

Sanders Preserve, Town of Glenville, NY 

Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga, NY 

Saugerties Lighthouse, NY

Schiffendecker Farm Preserve, Glenmont, NY

Schoharie Creek Preserve, Esperance, NY

Swift Wetland, Delmar, NY

Tawasentha Park, Guilderland, NY

Thacher Park Indian Ladder Trail, Voorheesville, NY 

Thacher Park Hiking Trails, Voorheesville, NY 

Touhey Family Preserve, Delmar, NY

Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve, Vischer Ferry NY

Vosburgh Trails, Guilderland, NY 

Vroman’s Nose, Middleburgh, NY

Western Turnpike Golf Course, Guilderland, NY (many miles of walking paths when course is not in use)

Winn Preserve, Altamont, NY

Wolf Creek Falls Preserve, Altamont/Knox, NY 

Woodlawn Nature Preserve, Schenectady, NY 

Woods Hollow Nature Preserve, Ballston Spa, NY

Moccasin Kill Sanctuary Trail