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Schodack Island New York State Park

Situated south of Albany on the eastern shores of the Hudson, Schodack Island is a great place to hike along the eight miles of trails, picnic at the many areas with tables and grills, and birdwatch for a number of species, particularly Great blue herons.

a map of Schodack Island State Park

Things to Enjoy

  • Horseshoes
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Boat Launches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playing Fields
  • Hunting
  • Playground
  • Birding

Winter Fun

  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Ice Skating

Bird Conservation Area

great blue heron flies over water

Within the 1,052-acre park is an 864-acre Bird Conservation Area by the Hudson River; the park is also a designated Important Bird Area. The region is home to the cerulean warbler, bald eagle, and great blue heron.

The Cerulean warbler is a Special Concern species and they breed in this area. Bald eagles are typically found on the western side of the island along the Hudson River shoreline, and they use the area for roosting and foraging, particularly in the winter. And, there is a Great blue heron rookery on the island with over 50 pairs; a rookery is a colony of breeding animals (usually birds).

Contact Information

Contact: 518.732.0187

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