Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail
Albany County
Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail

Office of the Albany County Executive
Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building
112 State Street | Room 1200| Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 447-7040| Fax: (518) 447-5589
Email: railtrail@albanycounty.com

Welcome to the Rail Trail!

Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail

The Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail stretches 9 miles from the City of Albany to the Village of Voorheesville, along the old Delaware & Hudson (D&H) railroad tracks.

Paved in its entirety, the Trail opens to the public at dawn and closes at dusk. Albany County residents and visitors can walk, run and bike along this newly completed public recreation trail. 

Access points and parking areas provide entrance at several spots along the trail, along with small parks and picnic areas, benches, public works of art, a bicycle self-repair station and an outdoor exercise space complete with equipment.

The Rail Trail has added tremendously to the quality of life in our region by helping preserve open space, linking communities, and providing additional opportunities for physical fitness and enjoying the outdoors. Rail trails also can increase property values for surrounding communities.


Trail Etiquette

Friends, neighbors and visitors come together to enjoy a pleasant outdoor experience on the Rail Trail. For the safety of all Rail Trail patrons please observe these courtesies:

  • Be courteous and considerate of other trail users.
  • Respect our neighbors and don’t trespass on private property.
  • Pets MUST be leashed at all times
  • Control and clean up after your pet(s).
  • Bicyclists should yield to pedestrians.
  • Travel at a reasonable speed and in single file when path is crowded.
  • Avoid startling others; announce “on your left” then pass with care.
  • Move to the side when stopping on the trail.
  • No hunting or discharging of firearms.
  • Overnight camping and camp fires are prohibited.
  • Remove your litter - this is a “Carry In/Carry Out” trail.
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited. (Wheelchairs, scooters, and other mobility assistance devices are permitted.)
  • Enjoy the beauty of wild plants & animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.

Above all, please do whatever you can to leave the Rail Trail better for your next visit!

Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy
RAIL TRAIL MAINTENANCE:
SEPTEMBER 9–12 & 16–19

Short sections of the Rail Trail between Albany and Voorheesville will be undergoing power line and vegetation maintenance from Monday–Thursday, September 9–12, and from Monday–Thursday, September 16–19.
For your safety, be cautious of workers and equipment. These sections of the trail will remain open, but please follow the direction of flaggers and adhere to all signs and cones.
Thank you for enjoying our trail, and we apologize for any inconvenience.