The Crossings: A Pristine Park Close to Albany
The Crossings of Colonie, located in Loudonville just outside of Albany, has everything you seek in a park: walking trails, a pond, a playground, a maze, meadows, marshy wetlands, wildflowers, woodlands, and it even borders an orchard. Visit this 130-acre park and enjoy all this well-maintained, peaceful setting has to offer.
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Check Out Multi-Use Trails, Fun for Kids & More
The 6.5 miles of trails are used for walking, running, biking, and in-line skating. They meander through the whole park, so it's easy to stop and enjoy the views of the pond, or check out the orchard. As you enter The Crossings from Albany-Shaker Road you'll see the wooden fence that runs along the orchard, which offers panoramic views of the Helderberg escarpment.
There is a state-of-the-art, barrier-free playground appropriate for ages 5 through 12, but that's not all! Little ones can explore the Hoffman Family Maze, a medium-sized shrubbery maze designed for kids. In addition, there are pavilions and a gazebo, charcoal grills, a facility available to rent for events, and there's a farmers market on Saturdays.
If you check out Google reviews of the park you'll find a slew of positive comments. One reviewer described the park perfectly: "I always head there when I'm in a mood to enjoy the nature, picturesque landscapes, breathtaking sunsets or sunrises, pleasant workout, or a friendly walk and conversation."
Know the Rules & Enjoy the Park
The Crossings is open from 8am to dusk. Leashed dogs are allowed and must be picked up after. There is no fishing, boating, wading, or swimming allowed in the pond. Biking, jogging, and in-line skating must be done on designated trails. The use of facilities and pavilions requires a permit. Drones are prohibited.
Please adhere to these rules and help keep this special park a memorable place to visit for years to come. Visit colonie.org/departments/parksandrec/thecrossings/ for more information about the park and facility rentals.