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.

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#1. 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)
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#2. 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)
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#3. 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)
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#4. Cayuga Trail


Brothers Richard Hanks, age 11, and Kenneth Hanks, age 14, established portions of this trail in 1945. The area around Fall Creek was called Monkey Run and was popular for hunting, fishing, trapping,…
From the guidebook "Take a Hike! Family Walks in New York's Finger Lakes Region"
Ithaca, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 6.5 miles
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#5. Appalachian Trail


This 2,175-mile national scenic trail from Maine to Georgia cuts across the southeast corner of New York State, rolling along ridges and dipping to roads. The New York leg spans 95 miles between the C…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Pawling, NY - Backpacking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 95.2 miles
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#6. Onondaga Trail


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 and ha…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Truxton, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 15.6 miles
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#7. Inman Gulf Hiking and Nature Trails


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 its an…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Adams Center, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing - 5.5 miles
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#8. Bare Hill Unique Area Trails


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 the…
From the guidebook "Take a Hike! Family Walks in New York's Finger Lakes Region"
Canandaigua, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 3.1 miles
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#9. Keuka Lake Outlet Trail


The strip of land you will be walking from Seneca Lake to Keuka Lake is steeped in history. You'll see evidence of places and events from several bygone eras as you walk westward. In the middle of the…
From the guidebook "Take a Hike! Family Walks in New York's Finger Lakes Region"
Dresden, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 7.5 miles
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#10. High Falls Loop


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 Lake,…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Star Lake, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 16.8 miles
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#11. Overlook Mountain Hike


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 indeed…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Tannersville, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 13.8 miles
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#12. Stone Valley


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, a…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Colton, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 7.8 miles
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#13. Bob Cameron Loop Trail


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 Area…
From the guidebook "Take a Hike! Family Walks in New York's Finger Lakes Region"
Ithaca, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 2.7 miles
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#14. Finger Lakes Trail at Letchworth State Park


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 east…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: New York"
Castile, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 3.1 miles BestCross-Country Skiing, Hiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#15. Charlie Major Trail


The Charlie Major Nature Trail was named after Charles T. Major Jr., a public figure who featured prominently in the history and development of this rail trail. Major served as village justice, town j…
From the guidebook "Take a Hike! Family Walks in New York's Finger Lakes Region"
Skaneateles, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 1.6 miles
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#16. Letchworth Trail


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 grand w…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Mount Morris, NY - Backpacking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing - 24.8 niles
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#17. Six-Mile Creek Trail


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. The a…
From the guidebook "Take a Hike! Family Walks in New York's Finger Lakes Region"
Ithaca, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 4.8 miles
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#18. Taconic Crest Trail


The nearly 40-mile-long Taconic Crest Trail strings from southwest Vermont through New York to Pittsfield State Forest in Massachusetts. Hiking the New York section of the trail north from Petersburg…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Petersburg, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 8.8 miles
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#19. D&H Canal Heritage Corridor


Completed in 1828, the Delaware & Hudson Canal was the first million-dollar private enterprise in America. During its seventy years of active duty, it was the main economic artery for the Northeast. I…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: New York"
Wurtsboro, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails - 90 miles
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#20. Highland Forest


Highland Forest County Park comes alive in winter with the sounds of people having fun. In addition to 20 miles of ski trails which are monitored by a volunteer Nordic Ski Patrol, there’s Skyline Hill…
From the guidebook "Snow Trails: Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe in Central and Western New York"
Fabius, NY - Cross-Country Skiing - 20 miles
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