Best Cross-Country Skiing in New York

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

  • #1 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 ...

  • #2 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 ...

  • #3 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 ...

  • #4 Onondaga Trail

    4 Reviews

    Truxton, NY

    Southeast of Syracuse, this blue-blazed trail, an extension of the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) and part of the North Country National Scenic Trail, rolls from rim to drainage, touring hemlock glen ...
    •  9-11 hours
    •  15.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Southeast of Syracuse, this blue-blazed trail, an extension of the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) and part of the North Country ...

  • #5 Inman Gulf Hiking and Nature Trails

    3 Reviews

    Adams Center, NY

    South of Watertown, three nature and hiking trails line up end-to-end for a single south rim tour, overlooking 5 miles of Inman Gulf. This Tug Hill State Forest area wins over visitors with ...
    •  2.5-3.5 hours
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    South of Watertown, three nature and hiking trails line up end-to-end for a single south rim tour, overlooking 5 miles ...

  • #6 Bare Hill Unique Area Trails

    3 Reviews

    Canandaigua, NY

    Bare Hill rises 865 feet above Canandaigua Lake and provides aweinspiring views of the lake and valley. It also lives up to its name. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) mows around ...
    •  1.75 hours
    •  3.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Bare Hill rises 865 feet above Canandaigua Lake and provides aweinspiring views of the lake and valley. It also lives up ...

  • #7 High Falls Loop

    4 Reviews

    Star Lake, NY

    This clockwise loop into Five Ponds Wilderness in the Cranberry Lake Region traverses a diverse area of marsh, hardwood forests, conifers, and blowdown, visiting the Dead Creek Flow of Cranberry ...
    •  9-11 hours
    •  16.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This clockwise loop into Five Ponds Wilderness in the Cranberry Lake Region traverses a diverse area of marsh, hardwood forests, ...

  • #8 Overlook Mountain Hike

    4 Reviews

    Tannersville, NY

    While the southern approach to Overlook Mountain is perhaps the most popular peak climb in the entire Catskills, this hike offers an alternative approach, arriving from the north. The route is ...
    •  13.8 miles
    •  Guide

    While the southern approach to Overlook Mountain is perhaps the most popular peak climb in the entire Catskills, this hike ...

  • #9 Stone Valley

    3 Reviews

    Colton, NY

    In the towns of Colton, Pierrepont, and Parishville, this moderately difficult wooded trail rounds an exciting 3.2-mile stretch of the Raquette River. Waterfalls, rapids, chutes, scoured potholes, ...
    •  7.8 miles
    •  Guide

    In the towns of Colton, Pierrepont, and Parishville, this moderately difficult wooded trail rounds an exciting 3.2-mile stretch ...

  • #10 Bob Cameron Loop Trail

    2 Reviews

    Ithaca, NY

    The Cayuga Trails Club developed the Bob Cameron Loop Trail as an off-shoot of the Finger Lakes Trail to honor Bob Cameron, a long-time caretaker of the Connecticut Hill State Wildlife Management ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Cayuga Trails Club developed the Bob Cameron Loop Trail as an off-shoot of the Finger Lakes Trail to honor Bob Cameron, ...

  • #11 Finger Lakes Trail at Letchworth State Park

    1 Reviews

    Castile, NY

    The Finger Lakes Trail System (FLT) consists of the 560-mile main trail and several branches totaling an additional 250 miles. The Finger Lakes Trail begins at the Pennsylvania border and extends ...
    •  Day trip
    •  3.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Finger Lakes Trail System (FLT) consists of the 560-mile main trail and several branches totaling an additional 250 miles. ...

  • #12 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. ...

  • #13 Six-Mile Creek Trail

    1 Reviews

    Ithaca, NY

    Six-Mile Creek, particularly above the dam and at Potter’s Falls (also called Green Tree Falls), is a notorious nude sunbathing and skinny dipping area. But beware, swimming is not allowed here. ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Six-Mile Creek, particularly above the dam and at Potter’s Falls (also called Green Tree Falls), is a notorious nude sunbathing ...

  • #14 Whiteface Mountain Ski Center Resort

    1 Reviews

    Wilmington, NY

    Lake Placid, no longer a playground of the rich and storied, is now an egalitarian winter-sports center with a plethora of medium-price accommodations. Families and groups of college students ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  Guide

    Lake Placid, no longer a playground of the rich and storied, is now an egalitarian winter-sports center with a plethora of ...

  • #15 Murphy Lake Trail

    2 Reviews

    Wells, NY

    North of Northville, this easy hike along a time-worn, centuries-old road accesses three sparkling lakes—Bennett, Middle, and Murphy—cradled in the quiet wooded beauty of the Southern Adiron ...
    •  9.4 miles
    •  Guide

    North of Northville, this easy hike along a time-worn, centuries-old road accesses three sparkling lakes—Bennett, Middle, ...

  • #16 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 ...

  • #17 Bashakill Wildlife Management Area

    1 Reviews

    Wurtsboro, NY

    At this 2,200-acre wildlife management and bird conservation area—more than half of it freshwater wetland—a former railroad grade rolls out an avenue to relaxation and nature discovery. Part ...
    •  6.5-8.5 hours
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    At this 2,200-acre wildlife management and bird conservation area—more than half of it freshwater wetland—a former railroad ...

  • #18 Beaver Lake Nature Center

    0 Reviews

    Baldwinsville, NY

    At this 650-acre Onondaga County Park, northwest of Syracuse, 9 miles of superbly groomed nature trails and boardwalks explore lake, marsh, meadow, and woods habitats. Thirty thousand spring ...
    •  1.5-2 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    At this 650-acre Onondaga County Park, northwest of Syracuse, 9 miles of superbly groomed nature trails and boardwalks explore ...

  • #19 Allegany State Park - Art Roscoe Ski Area

    0 Reviews

    Salamanca, NY

    At an elevation of 2,152 feet, this area enjoys an extended snow season, particularly on the high elevation trails of Sweetwater, Christian, and Leonard Run. These trails offer long climbs and ...
    •  24 miles
    •  Guide

    At an elevation of 2,152 feet, this area enjoys an extended snow season, particularly on the high elevation trails of Sweetwater, ...

  • #20 Bear Swamp State Forest - Long Loop

    1 Reviews

    Cortland, NY

    This 3,316-acre state forest is traversed by 13 miles of trails through shady forest. Over 10,000 years ago the glaciers sculpted the Finger Lakes, leaving steep valley walls and flat-topped ...
    •  4 hours
    •  7.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This 3,316-acre state forest is traversed by 13 miles of trails through shady forest. Over 10,000 years ago the glaciers ...