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Best parks in Rensselaer County

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“Drive up to the trail at the forested peak separating New Lebanon from Pittsfield, MA, for a walk and a breathtaking valley view. The road up isn't accessible in winter, but when you can get up there, Berry Pond is lovely for a swim near the top. There's acres of flowering azaleas up there in the third week of June.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“Great hiking year round. Two mile loop. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing at no charge. Deer. Charge to park during summer months. Picnic tables, Pavilion, and grills. View of Hudson. Kayak access.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“A perfect local place for a walk or hike for anyone. It's five minutes away by car, with pond, stream, forest and beaver dams. A great place to snowshoe when the snow is deep too. The countryside around here is just beautiful.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful NY State Park with crystal clear water for swimming, kayaking and fishing. Great hiking trails, multiple playgrounds, bathrooms, changing rooms and concession stand.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Great place to put the kayak in the water or go for a walk, jog, or bike north towards Troy.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Views of the Hudson River, location for large summer events, walking, fountains/splash pad for cooling off, Sunday morning flea markets, yoga, and more.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“Amazing view with a small historical information area on the west sunset side overlooking Troy. An 80-acre (32 ha) city park that was designed in 1903 by Garnet Baltimore, the first African-American graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). 14 tennis courts, 4 handball courts, 2 basketball courts, playground, picnic areas, soccer field, comfort station, picnic pavilion, spray pool, nature trail, and a roadway which surrounds the park with eight parking areas.”
  • 2 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Park
“Historic 136-acre park with a lake, sports fields, playgrounds, gardens & statues.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Trail
“This is a state park that has deer, bald eagles and is AN ISLAND which has like 3 waterfalls! What?!?! Trails are marked and there are BBQ pits there, you can rent a pavilion for a huge bbq and party. It's very nice to bring your dog for a walk or kids and get out for some scenery and exercise.”
  • 5 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Cherry Plain State Park offers a beach, picnic tables with pavilions, a playground, recreation programs, a nature trail, hiking and biking, cross-country skiing, fishing (bass, bullheads and pickerel), ice fishing, and a boat launch with boat rentals. Thirty campsites are available at the park, including ten trailer sites, ten tent sites near Black River Pond, and ten sites that can be reached only by hiking.[1] Cherry Plain State Park is nearly completely surrounded by the 4,153-acre (16.81 km2) Capital District Wildlife Management Area, managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Many opportunities for hiking and cross-country skiing”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“Visit the site of one of the turning points of the American Revolution. There is a visitors center explaining the significance of the site. Picnic grounds on site, too.”
  • 1 local recommends
General Travel
  • 1 local recommends
State / Provincial Park
“Really great State Park that rents canoes in summer. Just 15 minutes North on route 9J. Great for walkers, runners, bird watchers etc.”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“Town park with children's playground and new spray park*. 3 mile drive, *spray park open from 11-7, entire park open from dawn to dusk, dogs allowed on leash. Hayners Ice Cream Farm Stand, next to park”
  • 1 local recommends