If you’re looking to get out in your car on a nice day and don’t have a lot of time, here’s a relatively short drive into the Helderbergs. It starts in Albany across from Stuyvesant Plaza can end either in Schenectady or back where you started. The drive travels some pleasant roads through Voorheesville, New Salem and New Scotland and then heads into the hills, bringing you near the entrance to Thatcher Park. Beaver Dam Road, Route 256 and Old Stage Road offer some particularly interesting driving. If you’re not in a hurry, Voorheesville offers places to grab a bite to eat including Smith’s Tavern; or take 157 into Thatcher Park for a picnic or a stop at the overlook. Your might check out the Mio Vino Wine Bar and Bistro in Altamont if you’re looking for a place to have dinner. The restaurant gets some good reviews.
Here’s a printable version of the drive: Helderberg Route