Best Hikes Near New York City  by Ben Keene

Best Hikes Near New York City Guide Book

by Ben Keene (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near New York City  by Ben Keene
Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? Here are forty of the best hikes near New York City, most of them within an hour’s drive—from one that takes you past the Big Apple’s oldest tree to others with spectacular views of the Hudson River. The hikes cover New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and more than half are accessible by train or bus. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk, a day-long hike, or an overnighter, this guide offers plenty to choose from: • Appalachian Trail • Bear Mountain State Park • Fire Island National Seashore • Harriman State Park • Hudson Highlands State Park • Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near New York City" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 40.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.

Home to the Alley Pond Giant, the oldest known tree in New York City, this park is the second largest in the borough but considerably less well known. Visit the site of New Yorks first nature trail and explore the meadows in the northern part of this undeveloped terminal moraine alongside Little Neck Bay.
New York, NY - Birding,Hiking,Walking - Trail Length: 3.2
Trade the concrete canyons of Manhattan for the lush slopes around Greenwood Lake. As one of the most spectacular and challenging treks in the greater New York area, this short but demanding piece of the Appalachian Trail is ideally suited for seasoned hikers who crave views.
Bellvale, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
Tackle a popular hike in New Yorks second largest state park for views of Bear Mountain Bridge, Brooks Lake, and Popolopen Torne. Cover one of the first sections of the Appalachian Trail and see how volunteers have made major improvements to ensure the enjoyment of future generations of walkers and backpackers.
Jones Point, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
Explore an underappreciated part of the Hudson Highlands named for the magnetite that was found here and in the surrounding area in the eighteenth century. Choose to wander along woods roads (some of which follow historic routes) or test your fitness and endurance on one of the many hills that rise to over 1,000 feet.
Storm King, NY - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6
Tour the second largest park in Westchester County and test your stamina on a climb to its highest point. Notice an old trail lodge, a pair of comfort stations built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s, and relax on the banks of Lounsbury Pond, a man-made body of water that once provided ice for the surrounding communities.
Buchanan, NY - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.5
Complete a circuit in the center of the Taconic regions largest parka place that could just as easily have been named Hikers Heaven. Ramble between several lakes and ponds, exploring an area that was mined for iron ore in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries before it became a haven for outdoor recreation.
Cold Springs, NY - Cross-Country Skiing,Fishing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6
Get a workout hiking the last few miles of a long-distance trail that cuts across Long Islands glacial moraine deposits, and end up in a hamlet with a past thats linked to the history of science, music, and maritime life in the nineteenth century.
Laurel Hollow, NY - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.2
Spend some time in New York States first preserve, formerly the South Side Sportsmens Club. Learn about the three trout hatcheries established along the Connetquot (Great River in the native Secatogue tongue) in the late nineteenth century and the three types of trout that inhabit the waterway to this day. Go on a wildlife safari in any season and test your knowledge of the flora and fauna native to Long Island.
Oakdale, NY - Cross-Country Skiing,Fishing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.1
Tucked between Rye Lake and the Kensico Reservoir, Cranberry Lake Preserve includes a variety of sights within its relatively small footprint: A nature lodge, a bird observation tower, an old quarry, and the namesake lake itself share space within the 190-acre park.
Valhalla, NY - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.2
Venture eastalmost to the end of this thin 32-mile-long barrier islandto discover a small but still thriving salt marsh, once a flourishing part of the Atlantic coastline. Miles from the city and yet a breeze to reach by train, Fire Island shelters endangered animals like piping plovers, and provides intrepid visitors with family and group campsites near the only federal wilderness area in New York.
Fire Island, NY - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
Outstanding views, an old mine, and the former den of an eighteenth-century outlaw are just a few of the rewards on this intermediate hike that straddles two counties. Complete the circuit in an afternoon or push on to a shelter on Tom Jones Mountain or Car Pond Mountain and extend your visit with an overnight stay.
Tuxedo Park, NY - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.8
Soak in the views of the Hudson at its widest point on this short Rockland County out-and-back hike. Linger on the summit with a pair of binoculars and watch for raptors such as broad-winged hawks, American kestrels, red-tailed hawks, and the rare bald eagle.
Upper Nyack, NY - Birding,Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3
Leave the antiques stores and family-run restaurants of Cold Spring behind for a day hike through an easily accessible part of Hudson Highlands State Park. Gaze across at Storm King, watch the boat traffic plying the currents on the Hudson River below, and enjoy spectacular views all the way to the Catskills on clear days.
Cold Spring, NY - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.6
Travel back in time on the northernmost corner of Manhattan, where the last remnants of native salt marsh and natural forest survive in spite of witnessing centuries of human habitation. Wander along pathways laid over terrain that once provided for Lenape hunters, protected American troops (at Fort Cox), and brought joy to the Strauss family, who owned Macys and built an estate in the area.
Fort Lee, NY - Hiking,Walking - Trail Length:
Take in panoramic views of thousands of acres of salt marsh and mudflat against an urban backdrop in the easternmost section of Gateway National Recreation Areaa sanctuary that also happens to be the citys single best location for spotting dozens of species of migrating birds from all over North America.
Jamaica Bay, NY - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
Discover the other Long Island by navigating across an eco-region that would have covered much of this coastal plain when the European colonists arrived here and displaced the native population. Walk through some of the islands last remaining wilderness on the Paumanok Path, a 125-mile route to Montauk.
Manorville, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
Travel to the New Jersey state line for a historical hike through an eighteenth- and nineteenth-century iron mining community. Roam across the New York border into the massive Sterling Forest parklands and clamber up Big Beech Mountain to survey miles and miles of landscape from the southern end of Sterling Ridge.
Awosting, NJ - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.4
Stroll under willow trees and cottonwoods along one stretch of a river that flows to the Long Island Sound from Westchester County. Seek quietude on the Greenwich side of the park, where box turtles, eastern cottontails, and swallows are but a few species sharing more than 300 acres of woodland and wetland in suburban Connecticut.
Stamford, CT - Cross-Country Skiing,Fishing,Hiking,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4
This short loop is ideal for those seeking a more leisurely walk through part of a state park that encompasses close to 3,000 acres. Highlights include a sweeping vista of Monksville Reservoir and several low peaks to the south, along with views down into the pits and shafts of a nineteenth-century iron ore mine.
Hewitt, NJ - Birding,Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2.3
Cut across Long Island from south to north, beginning in the Massapequa watershed and finishing with a short section of trail in Bethpage State Park. Admire wildflowers, observe migrating birds, and see the landscape through new eyes on this easily accessible trek suitable for hikers of all ages and levels of experience.
Massapequa Park, NY - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 7