Albany, NY

Mohawk Hudson Hike Bike Trail, River Section

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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. 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.

It’s 1.5 miles to I-90, 4.3 miles to High St./Highway 378, and 5 miles to the end.

Essentials
  • Up to 5 miles (8 km) one-way, or 10 miles (16 km) out and back
  • Flat
  • Corning City Preserve, steps from downtown
  • Easy access from downtown Albany