Rensselear County

Rensselaer County is a county in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 159,429. Its county seat is Troy. It is part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Rensselaer County is in the eastern part of New York State. The eastern boundary of Rensselaer County runs along the New York–Vermont and New York–Massachusetts borders.

The terrain runs from level and flat near the Hudson and then rises into the Rensselaer Plateau around Poestenkill and Sand Lake, then to the Taconic Mountains along the Massachusetts state line.

The highest point is Berlin Mountain, 2,818 feet (859 m) above sea level, in the town of Berlin. The lowest point is sea level at the Hudson.

The Hoosic River, a tributary of the Hudson River, is in the north part of the county.,_New_York

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New York State
Berlin State Forest
Brunswick, NY
Dunn Memorial Bridge
Pittstown State Forest
Posten Kill and Quacken Kill
Rensselaer County Census
Tibbits Forest

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Map: Tibbitts State Forest

Map: Tibbitts State Forest

The 893-acre Tibbits State Forest was donated to New York State in 1953 by Reverend John K.Tibbits as a memorial to his family who had owned the land for over 150 years.

Nearby, is Tibbits Mansion which is now part of Hoosac School. During the 1800's travelers on the turnpike, which later became Route 7, had to be aware of the "Shingle Hollow Desperadoes" who lie in wait in the forest.

Today, New York Route 7 divides the Forest into two sections. There are about four miles of hiking and logging trails. An old logging road starts gradually up the hill from the parking spot on Route 7. To the left is the "Nature Trail" and to the right a two mile hike around the back side of the hill following another logging road.

If you head west from the start of the "Nature Trail", you will find easy walking for about 1.5 miles as it parallels Route 7 and Shingle Hollow Creek. The forest has groves of pine, hemlock, and white oak. Ferns and wildflowers thrive throughout.

For those outdoor enthusiasts, the trails lend themselves to hiking and cross-country skiing along with trail rides. For hunters, the forest offers many opportunities to hunt for a large variety of wildlife. For anglers, try fishing Shingle Hollow, a NYS classified trout stream with trout spawning designation.

Map: Berlin State Forest

Map: Berlin State Forest

678-acres in rural Rensselear County, nestled along Comstock Hollow. There is not a lot back there, but it's an interesting hollow to explore with possibilities for hunting and trapping. There is a connector up to the Taconic Ridge Trail, which runs to the east between Massachusetts and New York.

There is a nice 2.2 mile loop trail with some moderate gain through the Berlin State Forest that you can find out more about here:

Morning folks. 54 degrees and dark and cloudy this morning. On my way to Vermont.

The worst part of going to Vermont is driving through the Troy-let. This miserable city is always congested on Brunswick Ave, you sit and sit in traffic blocking your progress to Vermont. I hate the Troy-let.

New York has a Hoosick River, sometimes called the Hoosic River and a Hoosick Falls, but also a Hoosic Valley (in NY) where the Hoosick River runs …

That said, the Allegheny River does not run through Allegany County, NY. It only runs through Cattaraugus County before heading back to PA. Allegany State Park is located in Cattaragus County. The Olean Creek, a tributary does go into Allegany County. You never spell it as the Allegany River, even in New York.

Pennsylvania has a Port Allegany, where the Allegheny River runs through. So Allegany isn’t just a New York spelling. Taking US 6 west from Port Allegany will take you into the Allegheny National Forest (PA), which borders the Allegany State Park (NY).

Map: Quaken Kill

Map: Quaken Kill

The Poesten Kill is stocked annually with over 6,000 brown trout by the
DEC with some contribution to the fishery by a wild brown trout population.
There is a small wild brook trout population in the headwaters area of the
Poesten Kill. The Quaken Kill is not stocked; however, it does have a wild
brown trout population to provide a challenge to anglers.