Best Trails of New York

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

  • #1 Breakneck Ridge Trail

    47 Reviews

    Beacon, NY

    On the east side of the Hudson River in Hudson Highlands State Park, this trail makes a rugged ascent from near river-level to roll along a knobby ridge to an old fire lookout tower. From the ...
    •  5.5-7 hours
    •  9.6 miles
    •  Guide

    On the east side of the Hudson River in Hudson Highlands State Park, this trail makes a rugged ascent from near river-level ...

  • #2 Bear Mountain Loop

    13 Reviews

    Highland, NY

    This demanding 9.7-mile loop rolls through the steep wooded terrain of Bear Mountain State Park, topping Bear and West Mountains and offering views of the Lower Hudson River area. Counte ...
    •  9.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This demanding 9.7-mile loop rolls through the steep wooded terrain of Bear Mountain State Park, topping Bear and West ...

  • #3 Slide Mountain Loop

    17 Reviews

    Pine Hill, NY

    Southwest of Woodstock, this hike strings together the yellow Phoenicia–East Branch Trail, the red Wittenberg–Cornell–Slide Trail, and the blue Curtis–Ormsbee Trail for a rolling exploration ...
    •  4-5 hours
    •  7.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Southwest of Woodstock, this hike strings together the yellow Phoenicia–East Branch Trail, the red Wittenberg–Cornell–Slide ...

  • #4 Blue Mountain Trail

    13 Reviews

    Blue Mountain Lake, NY

    Above the east shore of Blue Mountain Lake, this quick, steep summit ascent reaches a fire tower, retired from duty but open for public viewing, and a cherished 360-degree Central Adirondack ...
    •  2-3 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Above the east shore of Blue Mountain Lake, this quick, steep summit ascent reaches a fire tower, retired from duty but open ...

  • #5 Mount Marcy - New York Highpoint

    9 Reviews

    Lake Placid, NY

    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 ...
    •  8 to 10 hours
    •  14.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Highpoint rank by height: 21st. We will use the trail that starts near Heart Lake and the Adirondak Loj. No, this is not ...

  • #6 Van Hoevenberg Trail

    15 Reviews

    Lake Placid, NY

    In the High Peaks Region, this demanding all-day or overnight hike arriving from the north offers the shortest approach to Mount Marcy—at 5,344 feet, the highest point in New York State. The ...
    •  9-11 hours
    •  14.8 miles
    •  Guide

    In the High Peaks Region, this demanding all-day or overnight hike arriving from the north offers the shortest approach to ...

  • #7 Bethpage State Park - Massapequa Preserve Bike Path

    10 Reviews

    Massapequa, NY

    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 ...
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    This path runs from the middle of the Island in Bethpage to the south shore village of Massapequa, paralleling the southern ...

  • #8 North-South Lake loop

    9 Reviews

    Haines Falls, NY

    This Catskill Mountains loop, a popular favorite, travels the escarpment and wooded outskirts of North–South Lake, snapping up cherished views and passing cultural sites. Waterfalls, azalea and ...
    •  5-7 hours
    •  9.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This Catskill Mountains loop, a popular favorite, travels the escarpment and wooded outskirts of North–South Lake, snapping ...

  • #9 Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail

    6 Reviews

    Woodbury, NY

    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 ...
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    In real estate and retailing, location is practically everything. It’s what brings up the value and popularity. In some ways ...

  • #10 Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls

    9 Reviews

    Cragsmoor, NY

    The hike to see the magnificent Verkeerderkill Falls in the Shawangunk Mountains is a tough one for kids, way too difficult even for sturdy, uncomplaining little ones. But before you turn to ...
    •  Day hike; 6 hours
    •  5.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The hike to see the magnificent Verkeerderkill Falls in the Shawangunk Mountains is a tough one for kids, way too difficult ...

  • #11 Anthony's Nose

    7 Reviews

    Peekskill, NY

    In twenty minutes, you and your kids could watch two-thirds of a sitcom, lose $7 or $8 at a video arcade, or be halfway to Anthony’s Nose. It’s up to you. This being a hiking guide, we’ll elaborate ...
    •  Day hike; 1.5 hours
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    In twenty minutes, you and your kids could watch two-thirds of a sitcom, lose $7 or $8 at a video arcade, or be halfway to ...

  • #12 Caumsett State Park

    7 Reviews

    Huntington, NY

    Seeking a long day of easy riding? Set your wheels down on the secluded former estate of the Marshall Field family for an 8-mile loop. More than 15 miles of hard-packed wide dirt roads and bridle ...
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    Seeking a long day of easy riding? Set your wheels down on the secluded former estate of the Marshall Field family for an ...

  • #13 Indian Head Mountain Loop

    8 Reviews

    Tannersville, NY

    West of Saugerties, this loop rewards with a classic Catskill setting, vistas, and challenge. Central to this hike are the 500-foot cliffs of Indian Head. Wildflowers, fall foliage, and wildlife ...
    •  4-5 hours
    •  6.9 miles
    •  Guide

    West of Saugerties, this loop rewards with a classic Catskill setting, vistas, and challenge. Central to this hike are the ...

  • #14 Minnewaska State Park Preserve

    6 Reviews

    New Paltz, NY

    A former resort and the one-time battleground between developers and environmentalists, this state park preserve unfurls a welcoming and tranquil natural realm. The site boasts white-cliff ...
    •  11.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A former resort and the one-time battleground between developers and environmentalists, this state park preserve unfurls ...

  • #15 Blue Mountain Nirvana

    7 Reviews

    Tarrytown, NY

    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 ...
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    A magnificent network of designated mountain bike trails winds through some spectacular scenery in the Hudson Highlands. ...

  • #16 Rocky Point Mountain Bike Trail

    15 Reviews

    Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest, NY

    Rocky Point Mountain Bike Trail is a biking trail in Rocky Point, New York. It is within Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest. It is 16.7 miles long and begins at 139 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  16.7 miles

    Rocky Point Mountain Bike Trail is a biking trail in Rocky Point, New York. It is within Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest. ...

  • #17 Buttermilk Falls - Ithaca

    3 Reviews

    Ithaca, NY

    You’ll see Buttermilk Falls the minute you drive into this state park. It looms above as a frothy white cascade, 80-feet wide. It’s comprised of two segments, called First Fall and Second Fall, ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    You’ll see Buttermilk Falls the minute you drive into this state park. It looms above as a frothy white cascade, 80-feet ...

  • #18 Fahnestock Greater Hidden Lake Tour

    5 Reviews

    Cold Spring, NY

    Relatively smooth, wide pathways make this a foot-friendly environment, one in which you may see an array of avians at any of three ponds and their related wetlands. Glacial erratics, rocky uplift, ...
    •  4.5 hours
    •  9.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Relatively smooth, wide pathways make this a foot-friendly environment, one in which you may see an array of avians at any ...

  • #19 Canadarago Lake, Otsego Lake, Susquehanna River, and Goodyear Lake

    2 Reviews

    Cooperstown, NY

    This 1,900-acre lake averages 33 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 44 feet. Its east and west sides are heavily developed with cottages. Cold and clear, the 4,200-acre Otsego Lake averages ...
    •  Guide

    This 1,900-acre lake averages 33 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 44 feet. Its east and west sides are heavily developed ...

  • #20 Almost Perpendicular

    8 Reviews

    Sloatsburg, NY

    Almost Perpendicular is almost too good to be true! This south-facing ledge on Daters Mountain, which we judged to be the “Best Overlook in Harriman State Park,” is less than a mile from the ...
    •  Day hike; 1.5 hours
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Almost Perpendicular is almost too good to be true! This south-facing ledge on Daters Mountain, which we judged to be the ...