Best Backpacking in New York

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  • #1 Long Path Trail

    3 Reviews

    Woodbury, NY

    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 ...
    •  6 hours or overnight
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the newest state parks in the New York park system, Schunemunk Mountain and its more than 2000 acres were saved from ...

  • #2 Tongue Mountain Range Trail

    7 Reviews

    Adirondack Park, NY

    Tongue Mountain Range Trail is a hiking trail in Town of Bolton, New York. It is within Adirondack Park and Lake George Wild Forest. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 344 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  2.6 miles

    Tongue Mountain Range Trail is a hiking trail in Town of Bolton, New York. It is within Adirondack Park and Lake George Wild ...

  • #3 Letchworth Trail

    2 Reviews

    Mount Morris, NY

    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 ...
    •  14-16 hours
    •  24.8 niles miles
    •  Guide

    Across the Genesee River Gorge from developed Letchworth State Park, this linear foot trail explores the wilder eastern rim. ...

  • #4 Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail

    2 Reviews

    Panama, NY

    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, ...
    •  1-2 days
    •  19.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Between Sherman and Panama, this long-distance linear trail strings 24 miles through a series of state forests in Chautauqua ...

  • #5 Indian Head Mountain

    1 Reviews

    Phoenicia, NY

    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 ...
    •  Day hike or overnight; 7 hours
    •  6.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Drumroll, please! In-n-n-troducing, the hardest hike in our book! Yes, folks, this route leads up the western side of Indian ...

  • #6 The Escarpment

    1 Reviews

    Haines Falls, NY

    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 ...
    •  Day or overnight; 4 hours
    •  3.3 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #7 Acra Point

    1 Reviews

    Maplecrest, NY

    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 ...
    •  Day hike or overnight; 4.5 hours
    •  4.9 miles
    •  Guide

    River crossings, a series of lovely overlooks, and a shelter for overnight camping make this a super hike for families in ...

  • #8 Franklin County: Seward Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Saranac Lake, NY

    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, ...
    •  2 days
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    The first Adirondack peak I traversed was where the notion of the great Adirondack Park—the nation's biggest state park—was ...

  • #9 Appalachian Trail (Dutch Hollow & Harriman State Park)

    0 Reviews

    Dutch Hollow, NY

    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 ...
    •  8.5 hours or overnight
    •  11.15 miles
    •  Guide

    Spanning 2170 miles from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail (AT) is the best known footpath in the Eastern United States. ...

  • #10 Hudson River Valley Getaway

    1 Reviews

    Albany, NY

    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 ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    The beauty of the Hudson River, with its tremendous cliffs amid views around each bend, has a geologic history of at least ...

  • #11 The Adirondacks Getaway

    1 Reviews

    Lake Placid, NY

    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 ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    The Adirondack Park is the largest forest preserve in the United States, larger than Glacier, Olympic, Yosemite, and Yellowstone ...

  • #12 Thousand Islands Region Getaway

    1 Reviews

    Clayton, NY

    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 ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Although you may not wish to leave the wilderness of the Adirondacks, other pleasures await you in the Thousand Islands of ...

  • #13 Long Island Getaway

    0 Reviews

    Port Washington, NY

    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,” ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Long Island offers a microcosm of a much larger region, with distinct areas, ranging from the mansions of the “Gold Coast,” ...

  • #14 The Central Leatherstocking Region Getaway

    0 Reviews

    Rome, NY

    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 ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Sometimes regarded as the heartland of New York State, the Mohawk Valley has been called the “Leatherstocking” region because ...

  • #15 Niagara Falls Area Getaway

    0 Reviews

    Niagara Falls, NY

    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 ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Awe and wonder have always attended human perception of the unimaginable power of the falls and the turbulence of the river ...

  • #16 Finger Lakes Region Getaway

    0 Reviews

    Syracuse, NY

    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. ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    The Finger Lakes region is one of wine and water—vineyards and eleven long, slender, and deep lakes left by departing glaciers. ...

  • #17 Big Slide-Yard Mountain Loop

    0 Reviews

    Keene Valley, NY

    This Adirondack classic rewards with multiple views from a series of rock ledges and from a landmark peak and then passes by Johns Brook Lodge, the Adirondack Mountain Club’s historic ...
    •  8.5 hours-2 days
    •  11.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This Adirondack classic rewards with multiple views from a series of rock ledges and from a landmark peak and then passes ...

  • #18 Hunter Mountain Trail

    2 Reviews

    Catskill Park, NY

    Hunter Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Town of Hunter, New York. It is within Hunter-West Kill Wilderness and Catskill Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 4,005 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  1.5 miles

    Hunter Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Town of Hunter, New York. It is within Hunter-West Kill Wilderness and Catskill ...

  • #19 Diamond Notch Trail (Blue)

    1 Reviews

    Catskill Park, NY

    Diamond Notch Trail (Blue) is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Greene County, New York. It is within Diamond Notch Primitive Bicycle Corridor, Hunter-West Kill Wilderness, and Catskill Park. ...
    •  2.2 miles

    Diamond Notch Trail (Blue) is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Greene County, New York. It is within Diamond Notch Primitive ...

  • #20 Saratoga Springs Area Getaway

    0 Reviews

    Saratoga Springs, NY

    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, ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    This itinerary begins in the pleasant town of Saratoga Springs, where visitors can discover intrigue among the Victorian ...