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Best Trails of New York

hiking, road biking, mountain biking, walking, running

 

#1. Breakneck Ridge Trail
In Hudson Highlands State Park, this trail makes a rugged ascent from river-level to roll along a knobby ridge, gathering vistas and reaching a lookout. Special Attractions: Hudson river, Shawangunk,...
From the guidebook "Hiking New York"
Hiking Trails
Beacon, NY - Hiking - 9.6 miles


#2. Harriman State Park
Old iron mines in one of the metropolitan region’s largest, oldest, and most popular parks. Only thirty-five miles from New York City, Harriman State Park is one of the most popular recreation areas i...
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in and around New York City"
Hiking Trails
Bear Mountain , NY - Walking - 3.8 miles


#3. Bear Mountain State Park
A climb to the top of Bear Mountain along the original section of the Appalachian Trail. Bear Mountain State Park and Harriman State Park are effectively one unit of the Palisades Interstate Park syst...
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in and around New York City"
Hiking Trails
Highland Falls, NY - Walking - 3.7 miles


#4. Bear Mountain Loop
A demanding all-day or overnight loop rolls through steep wooded terrain, topping Bear and West Mountains, offering views of the lower Hudson River area. Special Attractions: vistas, Perkins Tower, l...
From the guidebook "Hiking New York"
Hiking Trails
Highland Falls, NY - Hiking - 9.7 miles


#5. Mount Marcy - New York Highpoint
Highpoint rank by height: 21st. We will use the trail that starts near Heart Lake and the Adirondak Loj. No, this is not a spelling error – it was named by Henry Van Hoevenberg, who opened the Loj – e...
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
Hiking Trails
Lake Placid, NY - Hiking - 14.8 miles


#6. Appalachian Trail in New York State
This 2,155 mile National scenic trail from Maine to Georgia cuts across the southeast corner of New York State, rolling along ridges and dipping to roads. The New York leg takes an average of seven t...
From the guidebook "Hiking New York"
Hiking Trails
Newburgh, NY - Hiking - 95.2 miles


#7. Anthony's Nose
Glorious views up and down the Hudson River from the east bank. Anthony’s Nose is a steep, 900-foot mountain on the eastern bank of the Hudson River in the dramatically beautiful portion known as the ...
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in and around New York City"
Hiking Trails
Bear Mountain Bridge, NY - Hiking - 2.5 miles


#8. Slide Mountain Loop
Traveling hemlock-deciduous and fir-birch forests, this popular trail tags the highest point in the Catskills and passes Burroughs Plaque and Curtis Monument. Special Attractions: vistas, rare high-e...
From the guidebook "Hiking New York"
Hiking Trails
Woodstock, NY - Hiking - 7 miles


#9. Appalachian Trail: Bear Mountain - Harriman State Parks - West
The less-traveled western section of Bear Mount - Harriman State Park offers an ideal introduction to the history, flora, and fauna of the Hudson Highlands. The land here comes alive with signs of th...
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Hiking Trails
Arden, NY - Hiking - 5.7 miles


#10. Indian Head Mountain Loop
This loop rewards with a classic Catskills setting, vistas, and challenge. Special attractions: Vistas, the 500-foot cliffs of Indian Head, wildflowers, fall foliage, and wildlife sightings. At times ...
From the guidebook "Hiking New York"
Hiking Trails
Saugerties, NY - Hiking - 7.5 miles



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