Best Birding in New York

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

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#1. Pine Meadow Lake Loop


Pine Meadow Lake is the anchor to this rolling, circuitous meander through the milder reaches of Harriman State Park. The loop takes you through woodland, atop hills and rock features, and past brook,…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Suffern, NY - Birding, Hiking - 13.2 miles
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#2. Poke-O-Moonshine Trail


This short, straightforward hike climbs an eastern Adirondack peak, passing through mixed woods and topping outcrops before reaching the rocky summit and a 1917 fire tower, on the National Historic Lo…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Keeseville, NY - Birding, Climbing, Hiking - 2.4 miles
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#3. High Tor Wildlife Management Area


South of Canandaigua Lake, three separate land parcels compose High Tor Wildlife Management Area (WMA). In the southernmost and largest of the three (3,400 acres), service road, mowed tracks, and foot…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Naples, NY - Birding, Hiking - 7.5 miles
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#4. Five Rivers Environmental Education Center


At this nationally recognized environmental education center, just west of Delmar, you can examine habitat interrelationships while touring field, forest, meadow, and pond. The center takes its na…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Delmar, NY - Birding, Hiking - 0.5-2 miles
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#5. Glimmerglass State Park


In the heart of James Fenimore Cooper country, the wooded flank of Mount Wellington and the field, shrub, and woodland habitats of this state park compose the understated setting of Hyde Bay on Otsego…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Cooperstown, NY - Birding, Hiking - 3.5 miles
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#6. Tifft Nature Preserve


Near the Lake Erie shore, this 264-acre urban sanctuary marks a success story in land reclamation. Its low grassland hills (formerly a small landfill), wetland woods, thickets, ponds, and a 75-acre…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Buffalo, NY - Birding, Hiking - 1-1.3 miles
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#7. Alabama Swamps Trails


At the site of ancient Lake Tonawanda, the vast marshes north of Alabama represent a critical wildlife habitat and an exciting natural area. Together Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and th…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Basom, NY - Birding, Hiking - 0.5-5 miles
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#8. Bashakill Wildlife Management Area


At this 2,200-acre wildlife management and bird conservation area—more than half of it freshwater wetland—a former railroad grade rolls out an avenue to relaxation and nature discovery. Part of the gr…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Wurtsboro, NY - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing - 13 miles
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#9. Beaver Lake Nature Center


At this 650-acre Onondaga County Park, northwest of Syracuse, 9 miles of superbly groomed nature trails and boardwalks explore lake, marsh, meadow, and woods habitats. Thirty thousand spring-migrating…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Baldwinsville, NY - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 3 miles
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#10. Mashomack Preserve


Covering the southeastern third of Shelter Island, this 2,000-acre preserve of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) encompasses a maritime environment of tidal creeks, woodlands, fields, swamps, freshwater po…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Greenport, NY - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 12 miles
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#11. West Pond Trail


At Gateway National Recreation Area, southwest of John F. Kennedy International Airport, this simple interpretive loop within the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge introduces the wildlife and natural habita…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Howard Beach, NY - Birding, Hiking - 2-2.5 miles
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#12. Fire Island National Seashore


Fire Island, a barrier island, stretches 32 miles long and protects Long Island’s south shore from the punishing Atlantic. This circuit travels the beach and back bay between Smith Point and Watch Hil…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Shirley, NY - Birding, Hiking - 14.2 miles
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#13. David A. Sarnoff Pine Barrens Preserve


South of Riverhead, this 2,056-acre preserve features classic pine barrens, wetlands, and kettle depressions. County Road 104 divides the preserve into east-west tracts, with the larger piece sitt…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Manorville, NY - Birding, Hiking - 3.6-5.4 miles
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#14. Howland Island Unit, Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area


In Cayuga County, north of Cayuga Lake and about 25 miles west of Syracuse, the Barge Canal and Seneca River isolate this 3,100-acre interior island, where eighteen dikes create an extensive netwo…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Port Byron, NY - Birding, Hiking - 3.4 miles
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#15. Little Pond Loop


This moderately difficult hike travels 5.3 miles, exploring the gentle western relief of the Catskill Mountains, swinging between Little Pond and Touchmenot Mountain, with a spur to Cabot Mountain.…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Andes, NY - Birding, Fishing, Hiking - 5.3 miles
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#16. Lakeview Natural Beach Hike


In Jefferson County, 20 miles southwest of Watertown, this hike offers a relaxing stroll along a limited-access natural barrier beach on Lake Ontario. The trail sits within 3,461-acre Lakeview Wildl…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Henderson, NY - Birding, Fishing, Hiking - 6.5 miles
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#17. Allegany State Park — Black Snake Trail


Allegany State Park is New York State's largest four-season park and is a hiking and camping paradise. The park is great for road and mountain biking. It has 91 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, win…
From the guidebook "Birding in Central and Western New York"
Salamanca, NY - Birding, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 3 miles
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#18. Allegany State Park — Red Jacket Trail


Allegany State Park is New York State's largest four-season park and is a hiking and camping paradise. The park is great for road and mountain biking. It has 91 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, win…
From the guidebook "Birding in Central and Western New York"
Salamanca, NY - Birding, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 0.4 mile
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#19. Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area — Trail


The Tillman Road WMA has 235 acres of wet lowlands containing a marsh, open water, deciduous swamp, grass fields and hardwood forest. The 80-acre cattail marsh attracts large numbers of waterfowl duri…
From the guidebook "Birding in Central and Western New York"
Clarence, NY - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing - 1.25 miles
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#20. Dunkirk Harbor and Point Gratiot Park


Dunkirk Harbor is located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie. A largeNiagara Mohawk power plant discharges warm water into the harborwhich prevents the area from freezing in winter. The open water pr…
From the guidebook "Birding in Central and Western New York"
Dunkirk, NY - Birding - 0.3 mile
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