Albany-Hudson Electric Trail

New York

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Albany-Hudson Electric Trail Facts

States: New York
Counties: Columbia, Rensselaer
Length: 35 miles
Trail end points: Riverfront Park Trailhead (Rensselaer) and US 9 (Hudson)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 8755035

Albany-Hudson Electric Trail Description

The Albany-Hudson Electric Trail (AHET) follows a 35-mile course through the former Albany-Hudson Electric Trolley corridor from Hudson to Rensselaer in New York State. The electric trolley ran for 30 years before closing in 1929. The corridor is now owned by National Grid, who gave permission to the Hudson River Valley Greenway to construct and maintain the trail.

The journey includes passage through Hudson Valley's farmlands and orchards, access to a handful of charming communities in Rensselaer and Columbia Counties, and multiple crossings of the Valatie Kill, a picturesque stream. While the majority of the trail is off-street (either asphalt or stone dust), there are short on-street or sidewalk segments. On the north end, the trail begins near the Amtrak station, but it requires a busy on-road ride or taking the sidewalk to get to the beginning of the off-street portion in East Greenbush.

The rail-trail is a part of the cross-state Empire State Trail, which spans 750 miles from New York City to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo.

Parking and Trail Access

There are a number of trailheads along the route: See the trail map for exact locations and driving directions:

Rensselaer County

  • Rensselaer Riverfront Park (Rensselaer)
  • Clinton Street (East Greenbush)
  • County Road 7 (Nassau Lake)
  • John Street (Nassau)

Columbia County

  • Main Street & SR 203 (Niverville)
  • Village Playground (Kinderhook)
  • Routes 9 & 9H (Valatie)
  • Stuyvesant Falls Park (Stuyvesant)
  • Stottville Park (Stottville)

Albany-Hudson Electric Trail Reviews

Albany-Hudson Electric Trail

I rode from Nassau to Rensselaer today on the trail. Best place to park is at the town common. Tables/pavilion no porta potties.
10 Fairground St or 7 John Street good addresses to use.
Ice Cream spot right on trail and Cumberland and pizza nearby.
Trail in great condition except one bad street.. Large parking lot at Nassau Lake
Long up and downhills about for several miles, not bad unless there is winding
Well signed and many ped/bike crossing lights
After crossing I90, Dunkin / gas ad General Store.
The trail through neighborhoods on roads are quiet.
At about Miles 10,5 & 6. Stewarts Store ad gas stations right off trail for food
Trail ends on a street in East Greenbush, You can follow the on road signs all the way to Rensselaer (some long downhills)

Best Trail

I do a lot of running and road biking. This trail is great for both. Rolling hill, scenic, great for distant ride/runs. Construction of the trail was completed Fall of 2020. By far my favorite trail in the capital region

Pleasant mix of flats and rolling hills

First off — skip the northern part of the trail from the Hampton Manor Lake area if you are a biker — and start your trip at Miller Road (just of interstate 90). You will be greeted by a babbling brooks, rolling hills, and the smell of farms. As you head south through Nassau Lake you will have opportunities for food and drinks. This is a fun ride.

fantastic trail

This trail is great. There are paved stretches (from East Greenbush to Nassau) with mostly unpaved from Chatham to Hudson (with short stretches of paved in that area). My favorite part is the Nassau area.

Accordion

I live this trail, especially the section from Miller Rd in Schodack to the columbia county line. It's nicely paved a few hills, but mostly flat from Nassau south. Looking forward to riding further into columbia county this year.

I live this trail, especially the section from Miller Rd in Schodack to the columbia county line. It's nicely paved a few hills, but mostly flat from Nassau south. Looking forward to riding further into columbia county this year.

AHET Kinderhook, NY

I enjoyed biking the trail. I was only able to do areas that construction was completed and the road sections. I used a road bike on the stone dust and did not have a problem. The spots I rode were recently completed and I wonder how the stone dust will fair over the winter. around the Kinderhook area there was a good portion available. Lots of walkers the morning I rode it. I am planning on purchasing a gravel bike with a little wider tires and this will be one of my first rides this summer. I will start in the middle and hopefully make it to both ends the same ride. I want to include both of the train stations in the video even though they are a quarter of a mile from the official endpoints.

I hope to do the complete trail and record sections with a Go Pro in June '21. It will be round trip ride, so it will be double the trail length of 35 miles.

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