Albany - EST Sign

On-Road Section

East Greenbush to Albany
  • 3 miles
  • 1 to 2 hours
  • 30 minutes
  • Paved

Trail Overview

This 3-mile Empire State Trail section is an on-road connection from East Greenbush to Albany. This section is appropriate for experienced bicyclists comfortable riding next to vehicle traffic and parked cars. The segment starts at Southern Avenue in the Town of East Greenbush, following local streets downhill (west) through the City of Rensselaer. The route crosses the Hudson River on the Dunn Memorial (Route 20) bridge, on a sidewalk that although narrow is protected from vehicle traffic by a guardrail. This segment ends with a short off-road path in the Corning Preserve, a waterfront park in the City of Albany. Note: A different EST route is marked for pedestrians on sidewalks along Route 20 from East Greenbush to Rensselaer. However, this section is not recommended for hikers – there are many nearby public parks that offer more inviting walking options.

Cycling Directions

Cue sheets provide step by step navigation instructions for cycling the trail in both directions.

HV20-CV01_South-North Download CV01-HV20_North-South Download
Upcoming Trail Weather
Wind: 8 mph S
Humidity: 78%
Feels like: 79°F
Trail Elevation

Train Stations


B&B & Country Inns & Farm Stays

Morgan State House Inn

Voted "Best in the Capital/Saratoga Region" as an Inn, in the European Tradition. Our location in the heart of the city is ideal for introducing the history of downtown Albany.

The Inn on South Lake

A comfortable, urban Bed & Breakfast housed in an 1890s era home that blends Mission-style influences with modern amenities. Includes daily continental breakfast, free local telephone calls and free wireless internet access. Walk to the Capitol, the Empire State Plaza, area colleges and medical centers. Convenient location and easy accessibility. Off-street parking available.

Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Fairfield Inn & Suites Albany East Greenbush

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Albany East Greenbush is ranked #1 on TripAdvisor and is minutes from downtown Albany, as well as the Empire State Plaza, Times Union Center & Palace Theater. Albany International Airport is an easy 20 minute drive. It is conveniently located minutes from RPI and HVCC as well as close to local corporations like Regeneron, NYISO, and Pitney Bowes and Rensselaer Tech Park. Less than an hour away, check out Saratoga Springs, the Berkshires or Lebanon Valley Speedway. Local shopping is close by at Crossgates Mall, Colonie Center and downtown Troy. Enjoy complimentary wifi and parking as well as a free pass to Planet Fitness, a local full service gym less than 2 miles away. Our free breakfast includes eggs, breakfast meat & oatmeal in addition to cereal, yogurt & juices. Coffee is offered free in the lobby 24 hours a day and enjoy a snack in the afternoon. At the Fairfield Inn Albany East Greenbush, we promise you’ll be satisfied or we’ll make it right. Ask us about our 100% Guarantee.

Four Points by Sheraton Albany

Located off Highway 87 and 787 in south Albany, Four Points by Sheraton Albany has ample free parking while adjacent to downtown and all that Albany has to offer. Minutes from the Capital, Times Union Center and downtown attractions via 787. Across the street from NYS Thruway Authority and around the corner from local universities and the FBI field office. Albany International Airport is 15 minutes away. All guest rooms are equipped with coffee maker, fridge, microwave, safe, iron and board, hairdryer, and LCD TV's. Our meeting space can accommodate up to 120 people. From our Best Brews program, featuring locally sourced craft beers on taps, everything we do shows our respect for great design and a sense of the local. Delicious breakfast to start the day right, casual and modern dining options in the evening, plus free wifi throughout the hotel enable guests to stay in touch both socially and at work. Whether you’re here on business, leisure, or both, Four Points Albany combines all the traveler essentials plus local charm to help you kick back and relax.

Hilton Albany

The Hilton Albany hotel is the largest full service hotel in the heart of downtown Albany, New York and is within walking distance to the NY State Capitol Building & several legislative offices, the Albany Convention Center, and Times Union Center. Enjoy some American Cuisine at our award winning restaurant, Charters Restaurant. Or, stop by our on-site Lounge – Sessions Lounge – which focuses on handcrafted cocktails, local beer and light fare. Getting to our hotel is easy with our free train and airport shuttle. Every room includes free WiFi and a mini-fridge. Soak up the sun-rays in our elegant pool area, or let off steam when you exercise at our fitness center. With over 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and the largest ballroom in the area, the Hilton Albany can accommodate your next event.

Renaissance Albany Hotel

The Renaissance Albany Hotel is a newly opened lifestyle brand hotel that sits in the center of downtown Albany, with soaring views from every window.

The Hotel faces the Capitol building and is within a stone’s throw of the Legislative Office Building and the Times Union Center. It offers 203 guest rooms, with Keurig’s, safes and refrigerators, decorated with a serene color palette of dusty blues, silver and white.

Wellington’s Restaurant is located on the first level with floor to ceiling windows. It will offer much to savor and discover with its small plate, high end American Fare, engaging staff and mixology inspired beverage offerings.

There is a fully equipped fitness center, available to guests only, on the lower level of the hotel, with plasma TV’s on the walls, and individual displays on most pieces of equipment.

Washington Park Inn

The Washington Park Inn is an all ensuite mansion inn with private baths in Albany NY situated directly on historic Washington Park. A brick, turreted Victorian mansion built in 1884, the Inn is just a short walk to downtown, the Capitol Building and Empire State Plaza, Albany Medical Center, Albany Law School & Albany Pharmacy College. The Inn is only two blocks from hip Center Square, a neighborhood of 19th century brownstones, where you can stroll to numerous restaurants, galleries, pubs, and music venues. We cater to busy professionals who just need things to work or the leisure traveler who wants to relax and take things in.