Summary: Partridge Run is a state forest about 45 minutes from Albany. Most of the trails are old roads - gravel or just dirt. In the winter, they are used by snow mobilers and x-country skiers. Mountain biking is also popular here. At the trailhead is a map, and paper copies may be available. There are several other parking areas and trailheads in this area - leading to different hikes than described here. Some of the trails are rutted from illegal ATV use.
For this trip I did a clock-wise loop visiting many of ponds (Wood Duck Pond, White Birch Pond, Fawn Lake, Tubbs Pond, Wood Pond, Becker Pond). There is a pretty waterfall near Partridge Run Road. A path leads down to it at the "No Camping" sign. Part of this hike was along the Long Path (marked with aqua paint).
Trailhead: From Albany, take Rte 20 (Western Ave) west toward Guilderland. Turn left onto Rte 146 West.
In Altamont, contine on Rte 156 west toward Berne. Turn right onto Rte 443 west.
After 0.8 miles, turn left onto CR 9 (Canady Hill Rd). After 0.5 miles, turn left onto CR 1 (Switzkill Rd). In 1.5 miles, bear right onto CR 6 (Ravine Rd). The trailhead is on the left in about 2.2 miles (near intersection with CR 13).
Trail Guides for Partridge Run:
The Long Path Guide
by Herb Chong - Editor (New York-New Jersey Trail Conference)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: NYS DEC
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by George Senft, who has posted 26 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by EAG on 6/16/2016
Walked the State Park side last January as a prelude to bringing horses... good trails, well marked. It was pretty muddy in spots, but I expect will be plenty dry for summer trail riding. Looking forward to coming back.
Reviewed by NP on 1/6/2013
Nice for trail riding (horseback). We have gone out for 4 hrs making different loops. Use common sense during hunting season (we don't ride during gun season for deer). Seldom meet anyone, but those we have have been very nice. Parking is fair for horse trailers.
Reviewed by Mark B on 4/13/2012
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Reviewed by C&Op on 8/4/2011
8.4.11- Bring BUG Repellent! Thick woods hike is suitable age 7 yrs & up in our opinion. We walked 2 hrs (weekday) without seeing anyone perfect solitude if you like that type of hike. Vroomans Nose is much nicer if you are looking for an easy hike.
Reviewed by CE on 6/28/2010
It is a maintained in secession. No one mentioned horse trails. Very hard to understand! It is tough to find over looks, but they are there. Stay on the trails hunting season, particularly Turky season!
Reviewed by Russell on 1/14/2010
Just got back from XC skiing here. Great time. I am a beginner and found that the old unplowed roads were great to ski on. A few snowmobiles passed me but I did not really mind, and their were plenty of trails that snowmobiles where not allowed. Not really sure where I was (took a left on 13 from 6 and pulled off at the second big parking lot on the left). Really fun big hill to ski down. Great time!
Reviewed by Adam on 7/27/2009
It is a nice close place to go hiking or biking. I like biking here but you should have lots of experience going over logs and what not. This place is not for beginners. However there is a nice waterfalls to cool off in on a nice hot summer day.
Reviewed by Sally on 3/27/2009
I agree that the maps are useless, and the trails aren't quite as backwoods feeling as I'd prefer. Still the views and fresh air are worth the trip. Also, Bob, cool out, okay? Not everybody is a woodsman. And preservation is only one purpose of public land. Access is another. In fact, making these places accessible to non-woodsmen is critical if we hope to raise folks' awareness of how precious Momma Earth is for all of us. The people you're trying to insult were most certainly "trying to be part of the earth, and participate" (in your own very apt words). And they'd do so more often and more richly if they didn't get lost!
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