Best Hiking in New York

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

  • #1 Breakneck Ridge Trail

    49 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 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 ...

  • #5 Mount Marcy - New York Highpoint

    8 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 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 ...

  • #7 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 ...

  • #8 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 ...

  • #9 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 ...

  • #10 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 ...

  • #11 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 ...

  • #12 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. ...

  • #13 Buttermilk Falls - Ithaca

    2 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 ...

  • #14 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 ...

  • #15 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 ...

  • #16 Fitzgerald Falls to Little Dam Lake (Appalachian Trail)

    7 Reviews

    Bellvale, NY

    Near the start of this exciting trek lies Fitzgerald Falls, a waterfall so dynamic that you may wonder what could possibly follow as an encore. Don’t worry: high drama is the norm for a wild ...
    •  6.5 hours
    •  11.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Near the start of this exciting trek lies Fitzgerald Falls, a waterfall so dynamic that you may wonder what could possibly ...

  • #17 Indian Pass-Lake Colden Loop

    6 Reviews

    Newcomb, NY

    In the MacIntyre Mountain Range of Adirondack Park, this grueling boulder-and- mud obstacle course passes through typical Adirondack splendor: mixed forests, shining waters, meadows, and great ...
    •  15.9 miles
    •  Guide

    In the MacIntyre Mountain Range of Adirondack Park, this grueling boulder-and- mud obstacle course passes through typical ...

  • #18 Connetquot River State Park Preserve

    2 Reviews

    Oakdale, NY

    Color-coded primary and unmarked secondary trails explore this 3,500-acre state park preserve west of Oakdale. The site’s previous life was as a private trout and hunting reservation for an ...
    •  9.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Color-coded primary and unmarked secondary trails explore this 3,500-acre state park preserve west of Oakdale. The site’s ...

  • #19 Watkins Glen (19 falls)

    3 Reviews

    Watkins Glen, NY

    Whether it’s a first time visit, or a repeat hike, you’re in for a treat at this park. The strenuous trails wander through rock tunnels, behind waterfalls, over bridges above the gorge, and most ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Whether it’s a first time visit, or a repeat hike, you’re in for a treat at this park. The strenuous trails wander through ...

  • #20 Fahnestock Catfish Loop

    5 Reviews

    Putnam Valley, NY

    These fun trails undulate so much you may be reminded of a roller-coaster ride. From mossrimmed swamps to granite-struck ridges, this hike passes through an extraordinary clutch of boulders and ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    These fun trails undulate so much you may be reminded of a roller-coaster ride. From mossrimmed swamps to granite-struck ...