Pine Hollow Arboretum

Pine Hollow Arboretum

A secret garden in Slingerlands.

By The Exile

It's a charming little park -- privately owned but open to the public -- near the Bethlehem Price Chopper in Slingerlands. But unless you have driven right past it -- actually, even if you have driven right past it -- you would probably have no idea it existed.

The Pine Hollow Arboretum is a 45-year-old project by John Abbuhl, and it was his charming wife who let us in to investigate on Mother's Day afternoon.

Here's how our visit went (complete with some lovely pictures)...

The entrance is in an unlikely-looking suburban house on Maple Avenue -- the only indications that it is not a house like any other being the small sign outside advertising the arboretum's opening hours and an even smaller sign inviting you to enter through the front door. Inside, we were asked to sign in, given map leaflets and talked through the layout of the park with the aid of a large map on a stand. From there we exited through a back door, walked across a fairly normal looking suburban back-yard and descended into the arboretum proper.

**You can read more of The Exile's adventures at**.

Pine hollow 9.jpg

The trail leads down a fairly steep hill (we were offered the option of driving to a more level starting point if we wished) and into a mixture of grassland and woodland with many specimen trees -- several in flower at the moment -- with ponds, boardwalk bridges and delightfully un-manicured trails.

Pine Hollow 4.jpg

It is park and wilderness and tree-museum all rolled up in a tiny space surrounded by suburbia. A real gem! The entire park is about 20 acres, but the walkable section is about five acres.

The Pine Hollow Arboretum is open weekends from 10-4 and weekdays by appointment.
Donations are requested but not required.

Here are some more photos from our visit:

Pine Hollow 10.jpg

Pine Hollow 5.jpg

Pine Hollow kids.jpg

Pine Hollow 6.jpg

Find It

Pine Hollow Arboretum
16 Maple Avenue
Slingerlands, NY 12159

Weekends 10-4
Weekdays by appointment
(518) 439-6472


Aw, baby geese. Or you could call them goslings. Or appetizers.

Great photos, looks like a gorgeous place.

What a great find! Sounds like my kind of place. Looking forward to taking the kids. Thanks.

A great find indeed, had no clue about it and went with a small group today to walk around and take photos. It's a beautiful place, so close to Albany.

Great find! I have been spending a lit of time at Five Rivers lately. Pine Hollow is even closer!

I was there this afternoon and it should be lovely in a couple of weeks. The magnolias are just about ready to bloom. There will be an open house on May 1st, 2011, 2-5 PM. For more information, see

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you get a chance to relax and spend some time with family and friends. Also: Maybe eat some pie. Because pie... (more)

Capital Region holiday markets 2017

The unofficial official holiday shopping season starts up Friday. If you're looking for something a little bit different -- craftier, handmade, more independent, fair trade... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: old signs, public baths, mountain biking, hiking, new woods, the Adirondack... (more)

Tracking the paths of many steps

Maybe you've seen this heat map of activity posted by the exercise tracking service Strava. It basically shows the most popular routes taken by people... (more)

Morning Blend

Accused shooter in Albany death arrested, and dies later in the day Albany police announced Tuesday that they had arrested Taron Robinson, who was accused... (more)

Recent Comments

I'm glad to see people involved in community decisions. But at the same time, we can't just keep saying we want development "somewhere else" or "not in my backyard!". Having mini-suburbs in the city of Albany was feasible at one point in time, and now development is catching up. ...

Albany Book & Paper Fair 2017

...has 1 comment, most recently from Richard Adamiak Ph.D.

Morning Blend for Nov 22

...has 1 comment, most recently from Gabby

As it turns out, Tucker Carlson's understanding of Albany demographics is lacking

...has 18 comments, most recently from -B

Private dorm opposition, a big downtown residential conversion, and other exciting tales of the Albany Planning Board

...has 7 comments, most recently from daleyplanit

Here's every violation issued by the city of Albany over the last three winters for not shoveling a sidewalk

...has 6 comments, most recently from Harriet