ALBANY COUNTY HELDERBERG-HUDSON RAIL TRAIL:

ALBANY-VOORHEESVILLE, NEW YORK

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Last Updated:        December 22, 2023

Length:                  Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail; 8.9 miles

                                South End Connector; 1.4 miles

Difficulty:              Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail; Easy. Flat paved rail trail. 

                                South End Connector; Easy. Paved trail and Cycle Track.

Directions:     

To Start from Broadway & Quay Street at the USS Slater parking lot in Albany [Albany South End Connector; Northeastern End]; From I-87 take exit 2. 

Southbound; Follow Green St to S Pearl St and turn right. After 0.6 miles turn right on S Ferry St and follow to Church St. Turn left, then right on Broadway. Travel under I-87. Parking lot straight ahead. 

Northbound; Turn left on Church St, then right on Green St. Take 4th right on S Ferry St and follow to Church St. Turn left, then right on Broadway. Travel under I-87. Parking lot straight ahead. 

To Start from the South Pearl Street (Route 32) parking lot in Albany [Eastern End]; From I-87 take exit 2. 

Southbound; Follow Green St to S Pearl St and turn left. The parking lot is on your left after 0.5 miles. 

Northbound; Turn left on Church St, then left on  Green St to S Pearl St and head left. The parking lot is on your left after 0.5 miles.

To Start from the Grove Street parking lot in Voorheesville [Western End]; From the junction of Routes 20 & 155 in Guilderland travel south on Route 155 for 3.3 miles. Turn right on Route 306, then take your first right on Grove St. Parking lot is on your right.

The Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail follows the rail bed of the former Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Railroad between the Port of Albany West to Voorheesville. The Albany South End Connector connects the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail North to the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway at Broadway & Quay St in Albany. For more information visit; MOHAWK HUDSON LAND CONSERVANCY & ALBANY COUNTY RAIL TRAIL .

Albany South End Connector:

Starting from Broadway & Quay Street at the USS Slater parking lot in Albany [Albany South End Connector; Northeastern End]; The Albany South End Connector starts across Quay St.

Note; The Mohawk Hudson Bikeway starts on your right heading North alongside Quay St.

A cross light over Quay St brings you to the wide, paved Albany South End Connector which travels underneath I-787. It then turns left traveling South underneath I-787. Cross Church St at 0.5 miles where you travel between the Canadian Pacific rail yard and I-787. Come to S Pearl St (Route 32) at 1 mile and head left along a separated BIKE LANE known as "Cycle Track". Playground here along with a CDPHP Cycle! Station. After 1.4 miles you'll come to the South Pearl Street ( Route 32) parking lot and start of the paved Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail.

Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail:

Starting from the South Pearl Street (Route 32) parking lot in Albany [Eastern End]; BIKE STATION located here along with a CDPHP Cycle! Station. [Re-zeroing Mileage] Mileage Markers are located every 0.5 miles along the trail. 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 through Delmar. 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. Travel past the Kenwood Ave parking lot after 5.1 miles in Slingerlands. Pass by the old Slingerlands RR Depot before a bridge takes you over Route 85. 

Note; A planed paved trail will travel 0.9 miles North along Route 85 (New Scotland Rd) to Cherry Ave. Funded 2023.

Cross Font Grove Rd at 5.5 miles along a residential corridor. Cross Upper Font Grove Rd at 6.1 miles where you'll follow a long berm with a slight uphill grade. Travel underneath an old bridge before crossing Hilton Rd at 7.6 miles. The trail levels off as you cross a bridge over State Farm Rd in Voorheesville at 8.4 miles where you cross a bridge over Vly Creek before coming to the Voorheesville Ave parking lot at 8.7 miles. Come to a Map Board and site of the old Voorheesville RR Depot where a crosswalk over Grove St brings you to a picnic pavilion and the Grove Street parking lot after 8.9 miles.

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