Best Trails of New York

This list represents the most popular trails in New York (learn more about Top Trails). Use this list to plan your next New York outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#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"
Beacon, NY - Hiking - 9.6 miles    Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in NY - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#2. 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"
Highland Falls, NY - Hiking - 9.7 miles    Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in NY - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#3. 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"
Lake Placid, NY - Hiking - 14.8 miles    Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in NY - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Winger Books

#4. 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"
Arden, NY - Hiking - 5.7 miles    Best Trail in NY - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#5. 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"
Woodstock, NY - Hiking - 7 miles    Best Trail in NY - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#6. Black Mountain Loop


This loop tops Black Mountain, the tallest mountain above Lake George, for a superb panorama of the lake region; eastern looks strain to Vermont. Ponds and beaver marshes put a stamp on the tour. Sp…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York"
Lake George, NY - Hiking - 7 miles    Best Trail in NY - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#7. Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail


In real estate and retailing, location is practically everything. It’s what brings up the value and popularity. In some ways the same can be said about this moderately challenging, 16-mile (8 miles on…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Eastern New York"
Woodbury, NY - Mountain Biking - 16 miles    Best Trail in NY - Click to view allBestMountain Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#8. 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"
Saugerties, NY - Hiking - 7.5 miles    Best Trail in NY - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#9. North-South Lake loop


This Catskill Mountains loop travels the escarpment and wooded outskirts of North-South Lake, snaring views and passing cultural sites. Special Attractions: escarpment ledges, vistas, a monument and…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York"
Catskill, NY - Hiking - 10 miles    Best Trail in NY - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#10. Appalachian Trail: Bear Mountain - Harriman State Parks - East


This overnight trip has it all: a great diversity of Hudson Highlands landscape, including mountain vistas, lake shore, open fields, swamps, hemlock forests, and hardwood ridges. Natural history feat…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Arden, NY - Hiking - 12.7 miles    Best Trail in NY - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#11. 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"
Newburgh, NY - Hiking - 95.2 miles    Best Trail in NY - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#12. Old Croton Aqueduct Trail


Of course many trails (and not just rail-trails) provide a connection between communities. But when you come upon a trail that has been in the ground for more than 150 years of continuous use—well, th…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: New York"
Tarrytown, NY - Rail-Trails - 26.3 miles    Best Trail in NY - Click to view allBestRail-Trails Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#13. Minnewaska State Park Preserve


A former resort and recent battleground between developers and environmentalists, this state park preserve presents a tranquil natural realm. The site boasts beautiful white-cliff escarpmentss, pictu…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York"
New Paltz, NY - Hiking - 11.8 miles    Best Trail in NY - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#14. Bethpage State Park - Massapequa Preserve Bike Path


This path runs from the middle of the Island in Bethpage to the south shore village of Massapequa, paralleling the southern section of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail. Despite the fact that it is i…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides on Long Island"
Massapequa, NY - Road Biking - 8 miles    Best Trail in NY - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#15. Van Hoevenberg Trail


This demanding all-day or overnight hike arriving from the north offers the shortest approach to Mount Marcy, at 5,344 the highest point in New York State. Special Attractions: spectacular High Peaks…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York"
Lake Placid, NY - Hiking - 14.8 miles    Best Trail in NY - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#16. Fahnestock Catfish Loop


These fun trails undulate so much you may be reminded of a roller-coaster ride. From mossrimmed swamps to granite-struck ridges, this hike passes through an extraordinary clutch of boulders and includ…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City"
Putnam Valley, NY - Hiking - 4.8 miles    Best Trail in NY - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#17. Blue Mountain Nirvana


A magnificent network of designated mountain bike trails winds through some spectacular scenery in the Hudson Highlands. Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill, New York, is one of the rare Westcheste…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Eastern New York"
Tarrytown, NY - Mountain Biking - 7 miles    Best Trail in NY - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#18. Indian Pass-Lake Colden Loop


This grueling boulder-and-mud obstacle course passes through typical Adirondack splendor; mixed forests, pristine waters, and inspiring views. Beware though, the loop includes the notoriously diffic…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York"
Tahawus, NY - Hiking - 15.9 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#19. Jones Beach Bike Path


This is the premier bike path on Long Island. It runs south from Merrick Road for 5 miles on islands and over channels of the bays that separate the barrier beach from Long Island proper, and it provi…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides on Long Island"
Seaford, NY - Road Biking - 7 miles    BestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#20. Blue Mountain Trail


A quick, steep summit ascent reaches a fire tower for a cherished 360-degree Central Adirondack view. Special Attractions: sweeping vistas, spruce-fir forest, fire tower, historic Verplanck Colvin be…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York"
Blue Mountain Lake, NY - Hiking - 4 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing