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The Albany-Hudson Electric Trail (AHET) follows a 36-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.
There are a number of trailheads along the route: See the trail map for exact locations and driving directions:
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