Ice Glen Trail, Stockbridge MA

Ice Glen Trail

A delightful short hike into a primeval forest gorge.

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Falling Waters Preserve, Hudson River

Falling Waters Preserve

Head to Falling Waters Preserve for a delightful stroll that’s all about the simple joys of being outside.

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pre-dawn mountain ridges

Overlook Mountain Trail

You can hike up Overlook Mountain’s easy trail in about an hour. The fire tower at the end of this short trail is positioned to give one of the most dramatic views in the Catskills.

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Poets’ Walk on the Hudson

Poets’ Walk Park on the Hudson River

An inspiring trail that leads to a large pavilion with impressive views.

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cascade’s open rocky summit

Cascade & Porter Hike

This entry-level Adirondack High Peak hike is a great introduction to the rigors of mountain hiking: rough trails, rocky scrambles and incredible views make this short day-hike super rewarding.

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Dover Stone Church in Dover Plains, New York

Dover Stone Church

Dover Stone Church is a short, easy, highly-memorable hike — and an absolute delight.

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Muir Woods National Monument boardwalk

Muir Woods National Monument

Step into a realm where the tallest trees on Earth reach for the sky.

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Israel Wittman Sanctuary, Woodstock, New York

Israel Wittman Sanctuary Hiking Trails

Newly expanded with the addition of Loop C, this sanctuary secures its place as a forever favorite.

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Hiker at Ashokan Quarry Trail

6 Easy Catskills Hikes

Want a deep Catskills experience without the angst of a rigorous mountain hike? These are the hikes for you.

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Halls Mills Covered Bridge in the snow

Halls Mills Covered Bridge

One of the finest covered bridges in New York.

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Exterior of Saugerties Lighthouse and signposts

Saugerties Lighthouse Trail

The super sweet and very short Saugerties Lighthouse trail is a huge hit with all ages.

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Cornish Estate Ruins, Cold Spring, NY

Cornish Estate Ruins

Comprehensive guide to the main ruins and more…

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quarry pool

Secret Hike: Mega Mounds & Shadow Pool

This short, strange hike leads through one of the largest quarries in The Catskills.

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view from balsam lake fire tower of balsam forest below

Balsam Lake Fire Tower (updated)

Incredible 360° wilderness views make this hike spectacular at any time of year.

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two waterfalls side by side

Diamond Notch Falls via Spruceton

A short, easy mountain hike to a true Catskills gem: Diamond Notch Falls.

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fall view from jay mountain ridge in the adirondracks

Best Hikes of 2022

These are the best hikes I did in 2022 — 17 amazing day-hikes sorted by level of difficulty.

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