Albany, NY

Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail

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The Albany County Rail Trail, also known as the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, is a good opportunity for a longer, off road run in the Albany area. The multi-use path follows the bed of a former railroad for nearly 9 miles west to Voorheesville. The first 5 miles of the trail to Slingerlands is paved, and then it becomes gravel. The landscape is a mix of residential suburbs, fields and farms, and some woods.

The closest start to Albany is 2 miles south of downtown at S. Pearl St. Follow the trail west. It’s 3 miles to Elsmere, 5 miles to Slingerlands. West of Slingerlands, the terrain becomes increasingly pastoral. It’s a very gradual uphill heading west.

Essentials
  • Up to 8.75 miles (14 km) one-way
  • 412 feet (125m) for entire trail, headed west. Gradual uphill
  • Corning City Preserve, steps from downtown
  • Easy access from downtown Albany