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Public Natural Areas in Rensselaer County

Please check links for current status, hours of operation, visitor policies, and other information from managing organizations.

Albert Family Community Forest
East Nassau (RPA)


Barberville Falls Preserve

Poestenkill (RPA)


Burden Pond Preserve

South Troy (City of Troy)


Capital District Wildlife Management Area

Stephentown/Berlin (NYS DEC)


Cherry Plain State Park

Petersburg (NYS OPRHP) (


Chestnut Hill Preserve

Averill Park (RPA)


Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center

Cropseyville (Rensselaer County)


Frear Park

Troy (City of Troy)

Geiser Preserve

Sand Lake (RLT)


Grafton Forest

Grafton (RPA)


Grafton Lakes State Park

Grafton (NYS OPRHP)


John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve

South Troy (RLT)

Kinderhook Creek Preserve

East Nassau (RLT)


Knickerbacker Park

Troy (City of Troy)


Oakwood Cemetery

Troy (Troy Cemetery Association)


Peebles Island State Park

Cohoes (NYS OPRHP)


Pittstown State Forest

Pittstown (NYS DEC)


Poesten Kill Bends Preserve

Troy (RLT, RPA)


Poestenkill Community Forest

Poestenkill (RLT)


Prospect Park

Troy (City of Troy)

Rensselaer Tech Park (Trail map here)

North Greenbush (RPI)


Robert Ingalls Preserve

Stephentown (RLT)


Schodack Island State Park

Schodack Landing (NYS OPRHP)


Stewart Preserve

Nassau (TNC)


Taconic Crest Trail

New York, Massachusetts, Vermont (Taconic Hiking Club)


The Narrows: Cascade and Heritage Trail

Troy (City of Troy, RLT, the Post Contemporary)


Tibbits State Forest

Hoosick (NYS DEC)

Managing Organizations:

City of Troy

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP)

Rensselaer County
Rensselaer Land Trust

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Taconic Hiking Club

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Troy Cemetery Association

The Post Contemporary

For additions, comments, or edits, please contact us.



Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Inc.

Conservation Through Community

(518) 712-9211 |

Postal: PO Box 790, Averill Park, NY 12018

Office: 17 Old Route 66, Averill Park, NY 12018

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