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Wondering about where to hike in New York? This guide, hand-curated and updated monthly, will inspire you to explore New York’s best hiking trails.
New York isn’t just about its bustling city life; it’s also a hiker’s paradise with diverse terrains that range from lush forests to rugged mountains. Whether you’re a novice walker or a seasoned trekker, this guide provides you with the best trails New York has to offer.
I’ve categorized these hikes into easy, moderate, difficult, and challenging routes to help you find your perfect fit. Need something family-friendly? I’ve got you covered. Craving a scenic hike that will leave you reaching for your camera every step of the way? Look no further.
Each month, I’ll keep my pulse on trail conditions, scenic highlights, and hiker feedback, ensuring you have the most accurate, up-to-date information.
Embrace your adventurous spirit and let’s explore the best hikes in New York together…
Easy New York Hike
I just published this trail guide to the Cornish Estate in Cold Spring. It’s close to New York City and is such an easy hike, but it’s also super rewarding. The ruins are fantastic.
There’s an option to make it 2 miles total (for the main ruins) or 4 miles total (if you want to visit a second set of ruins). This is some of the best hiking near NYC.
- Full list of Easy Hikes
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Moderate New York Hike
Balsam Lake Mountain is one of the easiest Catskills High Peaks to hike, and the fire tower at the summit has one the best 360° wilderness views in the entire Catskills Park.
- Full list of Moderate Hikes
Hooked after this hike? Check out The Catskills Fire Tower Challenge.
Difficult New York Hike
The Nun-Da-Ga-O ridge is as magical as it is tough. Do not let these easy-sounding mileage and elevation stats trick you!
Looking at the contour map, you’d never guess how tough this hike is. But it’s is crazy good fun. One of my favorite hikes ever. This is one of the best hikes Upstate NY.
- Full list of Difficult Hikes
Hardest New York Hike
Demanding and spectacular, the Dix Range is one of the most rugged and scenic Adirondack mountain ranges.
At 16-20 miles, and with 5500 ft of elevation gain, hiking this is one of the longest and most challenging day hikes in the Adirondacks — but the rewards are absolutely insane.
- Full list of the Hardest Hikes
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Diamond Notch Falls is a short, easy mountain hike to a true Catskills gem.
There’s also a second, more-challenging route from Diamond Notch Falls from Diamond Notch Road
- Full list of Scenic Hikes
Baxter Mountain in the Adirondacks has one of the sweetest trails in Keene Valley. It’s also one of the most hike-able and scenic peaks in the area.
I loved this hike so much. Super short. Super scenic. A great introduction to the Adirondacks.
- Full list of Family-Friendly Hikes
Happy New York Hiking
There you have it, your comprehensive, month-by-month guide to the most exhilarating, scenic, and family-friendly hikes in New York. Remember, there’s always a new trail waiting to be discovered, so keep this page bookmarked and check back each month for the latest updates.
Whether you’re venturing out for a solo journey or planning a fun family excursion, this guide ensures you’re well-equipped to make the most out of your hiking experience. I strive to bring you not just routes, but curated adventures that leave you with great stories to tell.
New York’s trails are calling out to you. It’s time to strap on your hiking boots, pack your gear, and set out on an adventure that promises to captivate your senses and rejuvenate your spirit.
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