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Albany, NY

The Best Places to Run in the Albany Area. See Also Our Guides for Saratoga Springs and the Berkshires

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Located on the west bank of the Hudson River, Albany is the capital of the State of New York. The scenic highlight is downtown’s Empire State Plaza, bookended by the 1800s New York State Capitol, the New York State Museum, and The Egg performing arts center. Albany is a mix of interesting historic buildings but also some mistakes of the urban renewal movement, including some stark brutalist architecture. But there’s a good mix of running in Albany, ranging from scenic multi-use paths to some pleasant parks and preserves in the area.

The best places to run in central Albany are the 5-mile waterfront section of the Mohawk Hudson Hike Bike Trail, and a ‘runseeing‘ tour that hits Albany’s Capitol, other important buildings, and Washington Park. For parks and preserves, we love running at the Crossings of Colonie, Peebles Island State Park/Erie Canal Lock, and even the Albany Rural Cemetery. For gentle trail running, head to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and Schodack Island State Park. There are several multi-use paths in the area, including the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail and, further out, the Zim Smith Trail.

Note: Albany’s winters can be very cold and snowy. This could affect the running conditions of some of the area trails. Come prepared! Also, for more running in the area, we have extensive guides for Saratoga Springs, a half-hour drive to the west, and the Berkshires, an hour to the east.

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Albany ‘Runseeing’ Tour

Albany, NY

Our 10k 'runseeing' tour of Albany captures some of Albany's important and historical highlights. Includes the Capitol, Empire State Plaza, Washington Park, Lincoln Park, and a section of the waterfront. Can be modified for longer or shorter.
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Crossings of Colonie Park

Albany, NY

A pleasant park with paved trails passing through fields, meadows, woodlands, an an arboretum. A perimeter route of the park is ~3 miles. Adjacent to the park is an indoor rec center with a running track, pool, and other fitness facilities.
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Albany Rural Cemetery

Albany, NY

Running is permitted in this 467-acre historic cemetery located six miles north of downtown Albany. It's a pastoral spot, and many runners head here for the quiet paths and hill training opportunities.
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Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Albany, NY

For some scenic and gentle trail running, this area of pine barrens features 20 miles of rolling hill trails, from wide open sandy trails to narrow grassy woodland paths. The trails are color-coded and well marked. Located 8 miles west of Albany.
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Schodack Island State Park

Albany, NY

Schodack Island State Park, located 10 miles south of Albany, is a good spot for some gentle path and trail running. The park borders the Hudson River, and has 3-4 miles of mainly wooded trails.
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Zim Smith Multi-Use Trail

Albany, NY

A good option for a longer off-road run. This 9-mile paved multi-use trail goes from Coon’s Crossing in Halfmoon (near Mechanicsville) to Ballston Spa. Mainly wooded. Sights along the way include Round Lake and Shenantaha Creek Park.
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Albany ‘Runseeing’ Tour

Albany, NY

Our 10k 'runseeing' tour of Albany captures some of Albany's important and historical highlights. Includes the Capitol, Empire State Plaza, Washington Park, Lincoln Park, and a section of the waterfront. Can be modified for longer or shorter.
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Albany has a distinct four-season climate, with warm summers and cold winters. In summer, average highs are in the low-80s (27C), while in winter, daytime highs reach near freezing while lows dip to the teens (-10C). Albany receives 60 inches of snow annually, sometimes from ‘lake effect’ storms. Runners should come prepared in winter for icy/snowy and cold.

 

If you want to access some decent running right out your door in Albany, try to stay downtown or in one of the hotels near the river.

The signature running store in Albany is a Fleet Feet location.

They have group runs several times a week. Info

Good local running event calendar, courtesy of Fleet Feet Albany.