ALBANY COUNTY HELDERBERG-HUDSON RAIL TRAIL:
ALBANY-VOORHEESVILLE, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: September 24, 2017
Length: Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail; 9 miles
South End Connector; 2 miles (Not yet constructed)
Difficulty: Easy. Flat paved rail trail.
To Start from the Route 32 parking lot; From I-87 take exit 23 to Southern Blvd and turn right. Take your first left on Mt Hope Dr and follow to Route 32. Head right for 0.3 miles. The parking lot is on your left.
The Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail follows the rail bed of the former Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Railroad between the Port of Albany and Voorheesville. For more information visit; MOHAWK HUDSON LAND CONSERVANCY & ALBANY COUNTY RAIL TRAIL .
Starting from the Route 32 (S Pearl Street) parking lot [Eastern End]; Bike Station located here along with a CDPHP Cycle! Station. Mile Marker 2. Mile markers are located every 0.5 miles along the trail and start from the end of the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway South at Quay St in Albany.
Note; Future plans call for connecting these two trails via the South End Connector in 2019.
The paved Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail crosses a bridge over Route 32 and travels west. You follow a high berm and pass through a rock cut at 0.5 miles. Normans Kill is along your left, along with a small waterfall. Travel underneath Route 9W and I-87. Here the trail has a slight uphill grade. Cross an old RR trestle bridge over Normans Kill at 1 mile. Cross a high berm over a culvert along this wooded open corridor. After 2.6 miles the trail levels out as you enter a residential corridor. Bridge over Elsmere Ave, followed by a second bridge over Delaware Ave at 3.2 miles. Bethlehem Veterans Memorial Park located here. Picnic tables and benches. Refreshments close by. Cross Adams St at 3.7 miles and travel underneath Cherry Ave at 4.7 miles. Come to the Kenwood Ave parking lot after 5.1 miles in Slingerlands. Up ahead on your left is the old RR Depot.
Note; I haven't checked out the next section yet. Planning to in 2019. The next 3.7 mile section was paved out to Voorheesville in 2018, except for the section north of the Kenwood Ave parking lot. The old RR bridge needs replacing.
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