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.

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#1. Breakneck Ridge Trail


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 ridget…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Beacon, NY - Hiking - 9.6 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in ny - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Bear Mountain Loop


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. Counterclockwise…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Highland, NY - Hiking - 9.7 miles Best Trail in ny - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Slide Mountain Loop


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 at the we…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Pine Hill, NY - Hiking, Snowshoeing - 7.2 miles Best Trail in ny - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Van Hoevenberg Trail


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 first rec…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Lake Placid, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 14.8 miles Best Trail in ny - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Mount Marcy - New York Highpoint


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 Loj – e…
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
Lake Placid, NY - Hiking - 14.8 miles Best Trail in ny - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#6. Blue Mountain Trail


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 view. B…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Blue Mountain Lake, NY - Hiking, Snowshoeing - 4 miles Best Trail in ny - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. North-South Lake loop


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 mounta…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Haines Falls, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing - 9.3 miles Best Trail in ny - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Black Mountain Loop


This 7-mile lasso-shaped trail tops Black Mountain, the tallest mountain above Lake George, for a superb panorama of the lake region, with its open water, islands, and bumpy ridges; eastern looks…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Lake George, NY - Hiking - 7 miles Best Trail in ny - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls


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 the next…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills & Hudson River Valley"
Cragsmoor, NY - Hiking - 5.6 miles Best Trail in ny - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#10. Anthony's Nose


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 on…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills & Hudson River Valley"
Peekskill, NY - Hiking - 2.2 miles Best Trail in ny - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#11. Indian Head Mountain Loop


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 sig…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Tannersville, NY - Hiking, Snowshoeing - 6.9 miles Best Trail in ny - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Minnewaska State Park Preserve


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 escarpment…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
New Paltz, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 11.8 miles Best Trail in ny - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Buttermilk Falls - Ithaca


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, each a…
From the guidebook "200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide"
Ithaca, NY - Hiking - 1.6 miles Best Trail in ny - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Footprint Press

#14. Tongue Mountain Range Loop


Northeast of Bolton Landing, this demanding loop tags five summits of the peninsular Tongue Mountain Range for unsurpassed looks at the Lake George countryside. It then dips to lake level and visits P…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Bolton Landing, NY - Hiking - 14 miles Best Trail in ny - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Eternal Flame Falls


Eternal Flame Falls cuts deep into a gorge through a layer of Hanover Shale of the Late Devonian Epoch that is 85 to 95-feet thick. This shale is greenish-gray to gray colored with some black bands. T…
From the guidebook "200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide"
Buffalo, NY - Hiking, Snowshoeing - 2 miles BestHiking, Snowshoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Footprint Press

#16. 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
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Pelham Bay Islands Loop


Giant beech, birch, and tulip trees provide the gift of shade to this tranquil oasis, which is within a tennis ball lob of one of the area’s more popular beaches and sports complexes. Close proximity…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City"
Pelham Manor, NY - Hiking - 2.9 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#18. Allegany State Park, Red House Headquarters-Eastwood Meadows Loop


The biggest park in the state system, this “wilderness playground” in southwestern New York brings together even-height ridges, V-shaped valleys, man-made lakes, second-growth forests, and block-fract…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Salamanca, NY - Hiking, Snowshoeing - 10.9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Almost Perpendicular


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 trailhead…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills & Hudson River Valley"
Sloatsburg, NY - Hiking - 1.6 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#20. Fitzgerald Falls to Little Dam Lake (Appalachian Trail)


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 stretch o…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City"
Bellvale, NY - Hiking - 11.2 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press