Best Trail Running in New York

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

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#1. Erie Canal Heritage Trail


Between Lockport and Rochester, the retired towpath of the Erie Canal, a national recreation trail, traces the past and provides an attractive, carefree avenue for hiking, cycling, jogging, and exerci…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Lockport, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Trail Running - 55 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Old Erie Canal Heritage Trail


Between DeWitt and Rome, east of Syracuse, this linear New York state park salutes a 36-mile vestige of the historic 363-mile Erie Canal, which linked the Hudson River to the Great Lakes. One of the g…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Dewitt, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Snowshoeing, Trail Running - 36 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Eagle Hill Trail Loop


The Rockefeller Preserve is characterized by a variety of wildlife habitats, woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and a twenty-four-acre lake. Twenty miles of carriage roads take visitors on intimate wooded…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: New York"
Tarrytown, NY - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Snowshoeing, Trail Running - 4.8 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. Eagle Hill Trail Loop


The Rockefeller Preserve is characterized by a variety of wildlife habitats, woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and a twenty-four-acre lake. Twenty miles of carriage roads take visitors on intimate wooded…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: New York"
Tarrytown, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running - 4.8 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. Towpath Trail Loop


This mostly flat roadway offers one of the most picturesque winter trails in the state. There is a real likelihood that you will have the good fortune to observe some of nature’s inhabitants along thi…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: New York"
Chenango Forks, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Trail Running - 2.9 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Towpath Trail Loop


This mostly flat roadway offers one of the most picturesque winter trails in the state. There is a real likelihood that you will have the good fortune to observe some of nature’s inhabitants along thi…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: New York"
Chenango Forks, NY - Hiking, Snowshoeing, Trail Running - 2.9 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#7. Riverwalk: Tonawanda Parks


This world-class fitness pathway follows the course of the Niagara River from the city of Buffalo to Niagara Falls. This Tonawanda section provides leisurely walking through two developed parks.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Buffalo"
Tonawanda, NY - Hiking, Trail Running - 5.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Erie Canalway Trail: Lockport to Gasport


History meets recreation along this 6-mile section of the 400-mile Erie Canal towpath, an easy walk from the original canal’s flight of five locks through open farmland and pocket parks.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Buffalo"
Lockport, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Trail Running - 6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Ellicott Creek Trailway


This well-maintained, multiuse pathway along Ellicott Creek—a 47-mile waterway that flows from Bennington to the Niagara River—serves as a favorite fitness trail for University at Buffalo (UB) student…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Buffalo"
Williamsville, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Trail Running - 5.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Walton Woods


Tucked into this fifty-two-acre parkland are such treasures as a six-acre old-growth forest with beech and tulip trees nearly two centuries old; a tranquil lake that provides sustenance to geese, duck…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Buffalo"
Getzville, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Trail Running - 1.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Akron Falls Park: Conservation Trail


If you don’t live in northeastern Erie County, you may never have come across this agreeable little park on the banks of Murder Creek. Legend has it that in the early 1800s, several murders took pla…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Buffalo"
Akron, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Trail Running - 2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Albany Pine Bush Preserve: Karner Barrens East


It’s not often that we have an opportunity to see pine barrens, especially those in inland locations away from ocean coasts. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve offers a particularly high quality chance to…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albany"
Albany, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 2.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Lisha Kill Preserve


A merry stream, a forested ravine, and a fragrant wood of hemlock and white pine make this hidden preserve a Niskayuna neighborhood favorite.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albany"
Schenectady, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Trail Running - 2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway: Rexford Aqueduct to Lock 7


Walk a wide, paved path through lush forest and along wildflower fields to reach a fine view of the Mohawk River.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albany"
Schenectady, NY - Hiking, Trail Running - 4.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Wolf Creek Falls Preserve


This rural meander passes through woods and wetland to a burbling creek, disclosing a series of pleasingly tumbling waterfalls.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albany"
Schenectady, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Trail Running - 1.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Christman Sanctuary


A quiet wood disguises a narrow, hidden path along the edge of Bozen Kill, with spectacular views of three waterfalls along its length.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albany"
Duanesburg, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Trail Running - 2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Vroman's Nose


A quick, steep climb leads to an outstanding view of the Schoharie Valley; bring a picnic lunch and linger at the top.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albany"
Middleburgh, NY - Hiking, Trail Running - 1.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Mine Kill State Park


While the main attractions at Mine Kill State Park relate to water—fishing, boating, and swimming in the park’s Olympic-size pool—8 miles of trails give hikers the opportunity to enjoy the park’s succ…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albany"
Prattsville, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 1.9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Five Rivers Enviromental Education Center: North Loop Trail


This well-tended trail leads along an exquisite meadow, into the woods, and along wetlands for a full range of natural sights. Originally New York’s first state-run experimental game farm, Five Rivers…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albany"
Albany, NY - Hiking, Trail Running - 2.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Schodack Island State Park


Walk in the footsteps of native people who lived here 4,000 years ago on this slender island between the Hudson River and Schodack Creek. Today, you can enjoy this wilderness on an easy, level hike, w…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Albany"
Albany, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Trail Running - 5.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides