Best Backpacking in New York

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

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#1. Appalachian Trail


This 2,175-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 spans 95 miles between the C…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Pawling, NY - Backpacking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 95.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Long Path Trail


One of the newest state parks in the New York park system, Schunemunk Mountain and its more than 2000 acres were saved from future development and opened to the public in 2004. Comprised of conglomera…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: New York City & Beyond"
Woodbury, NY - Backpacking, Hiking - 7 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#3. Diamond Notch Falls


A waterfall is always a favorite destination for hikers, and one that is scaled down to kid-size is more appealing to families than a formidable one with limited access and dangerous drop-offs. An eas…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills & Hudson River Valley"
Lexington, NY - Backpacking, Hiking - 2.9 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#4. Letchworth Trail


Across the Genesee River Gorge from developed Letchworth State Park, this linear foot trail explores the wilder eastern rim. It travels in mixed woods and snares occasional river overlooks and grand w…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Mount Morris, NY - Backpacking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing - 24.8 niles
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail


Between Sherman and Panama, this long-distance linear trail strings 24 miles through a series of state forests in Chautauqua County, traversing agricultural easements in between. Changing forest, mead…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Panama, NY - Backpacking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing - 19.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Hunter Mountain


Surprise! You thought Hunter Mountain was just for skiing, right? Well, when the slopes are green and the skiers are sailing, come to Hunter to explore the extensive, well-maintained trail system. Tak…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills & Hudson River Valley"
Tannersville, NY - Backpacking, Hiking - 4.2 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#7. Indian Head Mountain


Drumroll, please! In-n-n-troducing, the hardest hike in our book! Yes, folks, this route leads up the western side of Indian Head Mountain, traverses the thickly wooded summit ridge, and drops down th…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills & Hudson River Valley"
Phoenicia, NY - Backpacking, Hiking - 6.6 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#8. The Escarpment


Step right up, folks! You won’t want to miss this hike—it’s as close to a carnival as Mother Nature gets! With a multitude of attractions— from overlooks that will give you more butterflies than a Fer…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills & Hudson River Valley"
Haines Falls, NY - Backpacking, Hiking - 3.3 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#9. Acra Point


River crossings, a series of lovely overlooks, and a shelter for overnight camping make this a super hike for families in good shape with older children. We nicknamed this one “Son of Indian Head” bec…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills & Hudson River Valley"
Maplecrest, NY - Backpacking, Hiking - 4.9 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#10. Franklin County: Seward Mountain


The first Adirondack peak I traversed was where the notion of the great Adirondack Park—the nation's biggest state park—was first conceived in 1870. Verplanck Colvin stood atop Seward Mountain, survey…
From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Saranac Lake, NY - Backpacking, Hiking - 15 miles
Published by Footprint Press

#11. Appalachian Trail (Dutch Hollow & Harriman State Park)


Spanning 2170 miles from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail (AT) is the best known footpath in the Eastern United States. Each year, hundreds of hikers either attempt to complete the entire trail…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: New York City & Beyond"
Dutch Hollow, NY - Backpacking, Hiking - 11.15 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#12. Hudson River Valley Getaway


The beauty of the Hudson River, with its tremendous cliffs amid views around each bend, has a geologic history of at least seventy-five million years. During the Ice Age the glaciers ground out the ri…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Albany, NY - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#13. The Adirondacks Getaway


The Adirondack Park is the largest forest preserve in the United States, larger than Glacier, Olympic, Yosemite, and Yellowstone parks put together. There are forty-six peaks that spire over 4,000 fee…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Lake Placid, NY - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#14. Thousand Islands Region Getaway


Although you may not wish to leave the wilderness of the Adirondacks, other pleasures await you in the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence. There may be almost 2,000 islands, depending on what you co…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Clayton, NY - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#15. Long Island Getaway


Long Island offers a microcosm of a much larger region, with distinct areas, ranging from the mansions of the “Gold Coast,” old whaling and fishing ports, and farms growing those famous “spuds,” to th…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Port Washington, NY - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#16. Niagara Falls Area Getaway


Awe and wonder have always attended human perception of the unimaginable power of the falls and the turbulence of the river below. In 1678 a Franciscan missionary, Father Louis Hennepin, was the first…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Niagara Falls, NY - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#17. The Central Leatherstocking Region Getaway


Sometimes regarded as the heartland of New York State, the Mohawk Valley has been called the “Leatherstocking” region because James Fenimore Cooper’s book Leatherstocking Tales was set in this area. T…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Rome, NY - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#18. Finger Lakes Region Getaway


The Finger Lakes region is one of wine and water—vineyards and eleven long, slender, and deep lakes left by departing glaciers. Waterfalls and gorges complete a water ambience of scenic splendor. The…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Syracuse, NY - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#19. Saratoga Springs Area Getaway


This itinerary begins in the pleasant town of Saratoga Springs, where visitors can discover intrigue among the Victorian personalities who once frequented the spa, bet on the horses at the track, bath…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Saratoga Springs, NY - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#20. New York City Getaway


For an overview of the city, visitors can choose a bus tour, helicopter ride, cruise ship, or a skyscraper observation deck. We managed an overview of the city by land, sea, and air. The helicopter tr…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States"
New York, NY - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press