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Since 1987

As of January 1, 2024, the Rensselaer Land Trust has merged with the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. For all questions regarding donations, events, land, or other matters, please visit or call 518-712-9211. For questions about the merger, use extension 101 to speak with Jim Bonesteel. You can expect a new name and logo for our merged organization by Spring / Summer 2024 and a new website by the end of the year!

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Troy Urban Trails

The City of Troy is the lead agency on developing a trail network in the city

River Front Bikeway

The proposed South Troy Riverfront Bikeway/Walkway is a major component of the Working Waterfront, which will significantly enhance and improve the neighborhood’s quality of life and the economic health of South Troy. The bikeway/walkway will be designed to provide a recreational atmosphere in the South Troy Development District, while coexisting with adjacent uses such as business parks, research and industrial facilities, and the proposed Industrial Park Road. The bikeway/walkway will be connected to the Troy­Menands bikeway/walkway, also in the preliminary design stage.

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Partner Trails CFA Troy Urban Trails WynantskillUncle Sam Bikeway

The Uncle Sam Bikeway is a three mile paved path with wildflowers, waterfalls and shale cliffs providing scenery alongside the route. The bikeway provides excellent walking for handicapped persons and for pushing wheelchairs and strollers. The bikeway is built on an old railroad roadbed and is entirely level with gentle curves as it follows the contours of the adjacent hill. The roadbed was constructed in 1850­52 by the Troy and Boston Railroad, which was leased to the Fitchburg Railroad in 1887, and then to the Boston and Maine Railroad in 1900. The tracks were dismantled in 1972­73 and the bikeway was opened in 1981.

Trail Facts

  • Trail End Points: Troy to Lansingburgh
  • Counties: Rensselaer
  • Trail Length: 3.5 miles
  • Trail Surfaces: Asphalt
  • Trail Activities: Walk, Bicycle, Inline Skates
  • Trail Closing: The bikeway is closed from dusk to dawn

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Urban Trails – Wynantskill Corridor

The newest trail is proposed to connect the River Front Bikeway via Burden Pond to Prospect Park, with a spur up the Wynantskill Creek to connect to RLT’s Staalesen Preserve. This trail was recently awarded planning funding from the Regional Economic Council/NYS Parks and Recreation. The Rensselaer Land Trust is an active partner with the City of Troy and the Post Contemporary Art Center in developing the trail. A preliminary map of the project can be seen here (INSERT LINK). Check back for updates as the project progresses!