The best bet for some running along the Hudson River in the Albany area is the 5-mile waterfront stretch of the Mohawk Hudson Hike Bike Trail between Albany and Watervliet. The paved, multi-use path starts steps from downtown at the riverfront Corning City Preserve, and heads north for 5 miles, paralleling I-787. There are some nice sections of the path, with water and bridge views, especially the first 2 miles passing through a couple of riverfront parks. It’s not a 100% pristine route, since the highway is right there, but it’s a good opportunity to run for up to 10 miles out and back, all off-road, with the Hudson in your view. At the northern end, you can add a ~1 mile by heading over to Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park. Distances from Corning Preserve:
1.5 miles: I-90
4.3 miles: High St./Highway 378,
5 miles: End
Add-Ons: Do a quick tour of the Capitol area. From Corning Preserve, take Hudson River Way up the hill. Can also continue north on sections of the Empire State Trail.
- Up to 5 miles (8 km) one-way, or 10 miles (16 km) out and back
- Albany End: Corning City Preserve, steps from downtown; Watervilet End: Trailhead & Parking
- Easy access from downtown Albany. Parking at Corning Preserve