The Best Outdoor Activities in New York

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike the Catskill Mountains' Kaaterskill Falls

New York / Kaaterskill Falls Parking

Although this is a super short hike, it is definitely a tough one! The quick, steep climb is totally worth it once you reach the 260 foot cascade and pool at the end.

606 Saves

Hike Storm King Mountain

New York / Storm King Mountain Parking Area

This is an easy, yet very rewarding hike with a lot of viewpoints on the way up.

596 Saves

Hike Dover's Stone Church

New York / Dover Stone Church Trailhead

Dover Stone Church has been a beautiful and popular destination in the Hudson Valley for some time, and recently the park purchased a new parcel of land and added three trails through the nearby wood.

521 Saves

Hike the Appalachian Trail to Anthony's Nose

New York / Anthony's Nose (AT) Trailhead

Parking for the trail runs along both sides of 9D right up until the Bear Mountain Bridge.

512 Saves

Hike the Sugarloaf Mountain and Breakneck Ridge Loop

New York / Breakneck Ridge Trailhead

The Breakneck Ridge to Sugar Loaf Loop gives rise to various bypasses that offer hikers moderate to advanced terrain and multiple rock scrambles.

506 Saves

Take in a Sunset at the High Line

New York / The High Line

Built on a historic freight rail line and perched above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side, the High Line is a public park that features a green-lined walkway.

486 Saves

Hike Breakneck Ridge

New York / Breakneck Ridge Trailhead

This short but steep loop hike in Hudson Highlands State Park offers multiple panoramic views of the Hudson River along the way.

456 Saves

Photograph Taughannock Falls

New York / Taughannock Falls Overlook

This is a quick and easy hike leading to an incredible 214 foot waterfall that is beautiful in all four seasons. Bring the whole family and hangout by the falls for the afternoon, weather permitting.

445 Saves

Hike to Watkins Glen's Waterfalls

New York / Watkins Glen State Park, New York

Nestled right off the main road in the small village of Watkins Glen in Upstate New York, Watkins Glen State Park is a beautiful area with plenty to see.

443 Saves

Swim at Peekamoose Blue Hole

New York / Peekamoose Blue Hole

Cool off from NY's warm weather and dive into this swimming hole.

429 Saves

Photograph Indian Brook Falls

New York / Indian Brook Falls

This is about as short a walk and as little effort as you can put in for a beautiful waterfall.

400 Saves

Photograph the Brooklyn Bridge

New York / Empire Fulton Ferry

Escaping the hustle and bustle of the city doesn't always require actually leaving the city.

396 Saves

Hike to the Mt. Beacon Fire Tower

New York / Breakneck Ridge Trailhead - Mount Beacon

Mount Beacon is a very popular trail along the Hudson River, and for good reason.

392 Saves

Hike Mt. Taurus (Bull Hill)

New York / Mt. Taurus Parking Area

Mt. Taurus (or Bull Hill) is a short, family and dog friendly, hike just outside the town of Cold Spring, easily accessible by car or taking the train into town.

380 Saves

Hike Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs

New York / St Huberts Parking Area/Trailhead, Adirondacks

At 10.4 mile long, this lengthy, but easy loop takes you to two ADK lower peaks. The views from Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs will blow your mind away.

368 Saves

Hike the Gorge Trail in Letchworth State Park

New York / Gorge Trail (Portage Entrance)

There are over 66 miles of trails to explore at Letchworth State Park; however, the most popular and the one I chose is the Gorge Trail.

361 Saves

Hike Gertrude's Nose

New York / Gertrude's Nose Trailhead

It would be impossible to see all of Minnewaska’s beautiful spots in one day. Gertrude's Nose is, in my opinion, the best view in the entire park.

350 Saves

Scramble Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks

New York / Bonticou Crag & Table Rocks Parking Area

This is not a hike for the inexperienced. There is a very steep rock scramble that has some dangerous section if you are not aware of your footing and positioning.

338 Saves

Hike Mohonk Preserve's Gatehouse to Skytop Tower

New York / Gatehouse Road

Begin at the intersection of Gatehouse Rd and Mohonk Private Rd. There is a small shoulder to park on here. Begin hiking into the preserve along the gatehouse road.

337 Saves

Watch the Sunset from Top of the Rock

New York / 30 Rockefeller

There aren't any mountain peaks to summit in New York City, but the view from the top of the Rockefeller Building is the next best thing.

336 Saves

Hike To Niagara Gorge Whirlpools

New York / Whirlpool State Park

There are many different hiking trails in the Niagara Falls area, one of the favorites and most challenging being Devils Hole and Whirlpool Trail.

307 Saves

Run Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

New York / Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

This trail traces the route of the Old Croton Aqueduct, which carried water to New York City between 1842 and 1955.

296 Saves

Hike to Sam's Point

New York / Loop Road, Sam's Point Preserve

Located in Sam's Point Preserve, this hike has three major attractions – panoramic views from Sam's Point, mysterious and chilly Ice Caves, and a knee-weakening perch atop Verkeerderkill Falls.

292 Saves

Hike to the Ninham Mountain Fire Tower

New York / Mount Ninham Pull-Off

This is more of a stroll than a hike, which is nice because you can add it to another hike in the same day if you're in the area. From the dirt parking lot take the trail off to the right.

282 Saves

Mohonk Mountain House Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze Hike

New York / Gatehouse Parking Area

Mohonk Mountain House is a historic resort located just outside the Catskills in the Hudson Valley just 90 miles north of New York City.

281 Saves

Swim at Fawns Leap

New York / Fawns Leap

Hidden in the Catskill Mountains is one of the coolest cliff jumping locations I have ever been to. The first time I went was a failed attempt on finding the legendary cliff called Fawns Leap.

276 Saves

Backpack Harriman State Park

New York / Harriman State Park, New York

While the first day is a bit longer and less exciting in terms of frequent landmarks, its a relaxing hike through rocky, wooded, forest among bountiful blueberry bushes and the occasional raspberry b.

269 Saves

Hiking to the Lower Falls and Cave

New York / Lower Falls Parking Area

From the Maplewood Park parking lot off of Driving Park, head towards the restroom building to the east (opposite the rose garden).

267 Saves

Hike Mount Marcy

New York / Adirondack Loj

Mount Marcy is a 14 mile out and back hike, and while it is the tallest mountain in New York it is not a technically challenging hike.

267 Saves

Hike Popolopen Torne

New York / Popolopen Torne Trailhead

Popolopen Torne is a hidden gem in the Hudson Valley, a surprisingly unknown trail with a beautiful payoff and a far deeper meaning.

258 Saves

Hike Bald Mountain, Bear Mountain State Park

New York / Bear Mountain Inn Parking Lot

From your starting point at the Bear Mountain Inn, go left along the Cornell Mine Trail.

240 Saves

Camp in Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

New York / Beaver Pond Campground

Between them, neighboring Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks have everything that's needed for an outdoor adventure – the modestly sized Bear Mountain State Park has all the amenities, tucked ben.

240 Saves

Explore Long Dock and Dennings Point Parks

New York / Riverfront Trail

Long Dock and Dennings Point are two of the most popular parks in Beacon, that just so happen to be connected by a train track turned trail.

239 Saves

Hike Cascade & Porter Mountains

New York / Cascade Mountain Trailhead

Cascade 4,098ft and Porter 4,084ft are two easy peaks which are usually hiked together. The trail starts on Rt 73 and you starts climbing up slowly but not challenging at all. Is 2.

238 Saves

Hike to Chittenango Falls

New York / Chittenango Falls State Park

Chittenango is a great place to hang out and take pictures for a couple of hours.

236 Saves

Hike to the Sterling Ridge Fire Tower

New York / Sterling Forest State Park

Start out by turning right when you walk out of the visitor center onto Sterling Lake Loop (Blue Blazes).

235 Saves

Hike the Camp Smith Trail

New York / Camp Smith Trail

This approximately 3-hour hike borders the Hudson River, and is one of the best in Westchester County.

234 Saves

Sunset Picnic at Brooklyn Bridge Park

New York / Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Brooklyn Bridge Park spans over a mile of waterfront and is an awesome location for being active or just relaxing outdoors without leaving the city.

229 Saves

Camp at Fire Island's Watch Hill

New York / Watch Hill Visitor Center

If departing from NYC, catch the early LIRR train from Penn Station (or Atlantic Terminal) towards Patchogue.

220 Saves

Capture the Sunset at Battery Park

New York / Battery Park

Located at the Battery, the southern tip of Manhattan Island in New York City, facing New York Harbor.

215 Saves

Five Bridges Run

New York / Hudson River Trail

This long distance run starts out on the Hudson River Trail in Tribeca and ends at Central Park, where you can cool down afterwards.

214 Saves

Climb Outdoors at DUMBO Boulders

New York / Dumbo Boulders

Enter at the corner of Adams St. and John St. and see the Manhattan Bridge above you. To your left is the new DUMBO Boulders, the largest outdoor rock gym in North America: at least for now.

210 Saves

Run the Hudson River Greenway

New York / Hudson River Greenway

To get in both some sights and a workout, follow the Hudson River Greenway to views of the Statue of Liberty, the Chelsea Piers, and George Washington Bridge, to name a few.

208 Saves

Hike Wright, Algonquin, and Iroquois Mountains

New York / Adirondack Loj

Although a bit strenuous this loop climb up the MacIntyre Range is one of the most beautiful climbs in all the High Peaks.

205 Saves

Hike Sugarloaf Mountain

New York / Sugarloaf - Yellow Trail

Sugarloaf Mountain is part of the Hudson Highlands State Park, along with Breakneck Ridge, Bull Hill, and Mt Beacon.

197 Saves

Explore Split Rock Falls

New York / Split Rock Falls

The the easiest and the fastest access of any New York waterfalls Split Rock Falls, is within 10 feet of the parking lot and as soon as you open the car door you hear the water gushing down the Boque.

184 Saves

Hike Overlook Mountain

New York / Overlook Mountain Trail

Overlook Mountain is located in the Catskills and part of the Fire Tower Challenge (you must climb all 5 Catskill Fire towers and at least 18 Adirondack fire towers to earn a badge).

180 Saves

Hike Mt. Wittenberg

New York / Woodland Valley Campground

Looking for a great day hike in the Catskill region of NY? Then you should definitely look into and consider tackling Mt. Wittenberg then. A challenging climb up but a very rewarding summit view.

179 Saves

Hike the Gorge Trail to the Base of Taughannock Falls

New York / Taughannock Falls Gorge Trailhead

The trailhead is located right off NY Route 89 with plenty of parking just across the street from it.

175 Saves

Quick Walk Through Cascadilla Gorge

New York / Cascadilla Creek

The Cascadilla Creek Gorge is the perfect retreat from Cornell campus or downtown Ithaca into serene natural surroundings.

172 Saves

Stroll the Brooklyn Bridge Park Piers

New York / Dumbo Boulders

Starting at the Brooklyn Main Street Park, you are on the right side of the Manhattan Bridge. Here you can check out the new outdoor climbing gym.

171 Saves

Backpack the Eastern Half of Devil's Path in the Catskill Mountains

New York / Prediger Road Trailhead

The Eastern half of Devil's Path has four major summits: Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf and Plateau. Each summit is a straight climb up and down, then back up to as much as 3,900 ft.

167 Saves

Sunrise Atop Goodnow Mountain

New York / Goodnow Mountain

The trailhead is located on NY 28N and is marked by a white trailhead sign that you can't miss from the road. The highly used trail starts out fairly level, then at 0.

163 Saves

Summit North Mountain

New York / North/South Lake Campgrounds

Have you ever wanted to feel as if you were hiking two different locations at once? If so, then North Mountain is definitely somewhere to check out.

163 Saves

Run by the East River

New York / Bobby Wagner Walk

Bobby Wagner Walk has beautiful views of the river and Queens, and is the oldest segment of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, a 32-mile, discontinuous path around Manhattan.

161 Saves

Hike To Lake Canopus

New York / Fahnestock State Park/ Canopus Lake

Its a great place to explore as it has a beautiful calm lake especially in the fall, the reflection of the water and the awesome colors are unbelievable.

160 Saves

Hike Carpenter and Angel Falls

New York / Carpenter Falls Trailhead

Head 12 miles south on Route 41A along Skaneateles Lake from Skaneateles NY. Make a left onto Appletree Point Road  and go a little more than a half mile to where the intersection of Carver Road is.

159 Saves

Hike Coy Glen

New York / Coy Glen

Starting at the parking space on Elm St. Extension, follow the trail downhill until you reach the bed of the creek.

158 Saves

Hike Phelps and Tabletop Peaks

New York / Adirondack Loj

The Adirondack Loj is a BEAUTIFUL place to go to, even if you do not plan on hiking.

158 Saves

Hike the Gorge Trail at Buttermilk Falls

New York / Lower Buttermilk Falls

The Gorge Trail starts to the right at the base of the last cascading waterfall you see as you enter the park.

156 Saves

Kayaking the Nissequogue River

New York / Nissequogue River

Starting on the banks of Nissequogue River State Park, this 6 mile journey makes you feel like you’re cruising down river in the south, when you’re really on Long Island.

155 Saves

Short Walk to Buttermilk Falls

New York / Buttermilk Falls Trailhead

This short, wide waterfall makes for an easy, all-seasons excursion into the Adirondack area, particularly beautiful as leaves start to turn in the fall.

152 Saves

Explore the Ausable Chasm

New York / Ausable Chasm

Enjoy the beauty and geologic history as a day trip or spend a few days. Ausable Chasm offers a variety of accommodations including camping, cabins or a motel.

150 Saves

Hike Plotter Kill Preserve

New York / Plotter Kill Trailhead

There are a few entries into the preserve' however, this hike has you entering off of Mariaville Road. There is a kiosk here and you will enter on the Red trail.

148 Saves

Catch a Sunset at Prospect Park

New York / Prospect Park Boat House

The main entrance to Prospect Park faces the stunning Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch in Grand Army Plaza.

148 Saves

Hike the Dickie Barre, Peters Kill and Awosting Falls Loop

New York / West Trapps Parking Lot

This loop hike takes you to Awosting Falls (65 ft.), as well as to great  valley views along the ridge of Dickie Barre, and across Peters Kill, on the way.

145 Saves

Sunrise and Sunset from the Staten Island Ferry

New York / Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is a passenger ferry that runs between the boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island.

143 Saves

Camp at Wildwood State Park

New York / Wildwood Campgrounds

With a beach on Long Island Sound, forested hikes, and reliable amenities, Wildwood State Park is a great spot for a weekend of outdoor activities, easily accessible by public transportation.

143 Saves

Hike to Auger Falls

New York / Auger Falls Trailhead

Augers Falls is a not so well kept secret in the Wells/Speculator area of the Adirondacks. It's usually not very crowded but the people that go to take it in come from far and wide.

143 Saves

Hike the Six Mile Creek Natural Area

New York / Six Mile Creek Recreational Trail Parking

The East Ithaca Recreational Walkway, which traverses the Six Mile Creek Natural Area, can be accessed at the parking areas on Burns Rd. or Coddington Rd.

141 Saves

Hike Fishkill Ridge

New York / Fishkill Ridge Trail

Fishkill Ridge is a strenuous but rewarding hike, and one of the less known areas in the Hudson Valley.

141 Saves

Hike Treman State Park

New York / Treman Traiihead

Starting in the parking area, choose which direction of the loop to take (all of which will take you to Lucifer Falls).

139 Saves

Explore the Cascade Lakes, NY

New York / Cascade Lakes

Just off Route 73, in between Lake Placid and Keene, in the gorgeous Adirondack Mountains sits two of the most beautiful lakes and get can park RIGHT on the bank, open the hatch and chill.

134 Saves

Backpack Devil's Path in the Catskills

New York / Prediger Road Trailhead

Devil's Path is roughly more than 24 miles long, althought it feels like an eternity of milage. Going thru the summits of Indian head, Twin, Sugarloaf, Plateau, Hunter, and Westkill Mountains.

132 Saves

Hike Snowy Mountain Fire Tower

New York / Snowy Mountain Trailhead

Snowy Mountain is the largest mountain in this region of the Adirondacks, and with a 2100'+ elevation gain over the 3.5 mile ascent is actually more work than some of the famed High Peaks.

131 Saves

Hiking and Bird-Watching in Marshlands Conservancy

New York / Marshlands Conservancy Visitor's Center

Located along Long Island Sound, this 147-acre conservancy is home to a plethora of different birds, including marsh wrens, seaside sparrows, and American woodcocks.

131 Saves

Camp at the Shindagin Hollow Lean-To

New York / Shindagin Hollow Lean-To Trailhead

From the parking spot on Prospect Valley Rd., cross the footbridge as part of the Finger Lakes Trail due East. The trail will be marked with white blazes.

131 Saves

Hike the Adirondack's Hadley Mountain

New York / Hadley Mountain Trail

Hadley Mountain historically has faced its share of forest fires. The fires left thin soil, leading to more exposed rock on this fairly quick, scenic hike.

123 Saves

Hike Ramapo Torne

New York / Pine Meadow Trailhead

Located at the south end of Harriman State Park, this moderate loop hike takes you to two awesome panoramic views, then passes by the cascades of Stony Brook.

119 Saves

Camp at Hither Hills State Park

New York / Hither Hills Campground

Fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves at Hither Hills State Park, a beautiful oceanside campground with good facilities and access to swimming, fishing, hiking, and biking.

119 Saves

Backpack the Catskill's Escarpment Trail

New York / Escarpment Trail

The Escarpment Trail runs the length of the Catskill Escarpment. The Escarpment rises steeply from the valley below forming the northeast corner of the Catskill Mountains.

118 Saves

Hike to Kane Mountain Fire Tower

New York / Kane Mountain Fire Tower Trailhead

The Kane Mountain fire tower is one of the more frequented Adirondack towers due to the ease of the trail and its proximity to so many Caroga Lake camping areas.

117 Saves

Hike Mount Jo

New York / Mt. Jo Trail

This short hike offers exceptional views, perfect for late night sunsets and early morning sunrises. Take a lunch date to the summit and enjoy overlooking Heart Lake and New York's highest peak, Mt.

117 Saves

Hike Algonquin Peak

New York / Adirondack Loj

Algonquin Peak, the second highest peak in New York, is one of the best hikes up in the Adirondack's.

116 Saves

Hike Bald Mountain (Rondax Fire Tower)

New York / Bald Mountain Trailhead

The one mile trail leads through the woods and some open rock areas. About half way up, you will get some of your first views of Second, Third, and Fourth Lakes.

115 Saves

Hike the Indian Ladder Trail

New York / Indian Ladder Trail

There are many parking areas within the park. Park at the overlook parking. From here you head west following the wood fence. This is the Cliff Top trail. Approximately after walking 0.

114 Saves

Hike Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook

New York / Lick Brook

Trailheads and parking are on both Sandbank and Townline Roads, with elevations ranging from 280-330m.

112 Saves

Backpack the Dix Range

New York / Dix Mountain Trailhead

Day 1 The trail begins about a mile past the intersection of Rt. 73 and Rt. 9 just east of a bridge over the North Fork Boquet River.

111 Saves

Running in Inwood Hill Park

New York / Inwood Hill Park

This relatively untouched, hilly park features forest, valleys, and a salt marsh – if you're lucky, you may even spot a bald eagle. A great way to run the park is simply explore the maze of trails.

106 Saves

Camp at Floyd Bennett Field

New York / Floyd Bennett Field Camping

Brooklyn isn't just for the urban and trendy, its also for the people who love getting outside! Located just past the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn, Floyd Bennett Field is a National Recreation Area .

105 Saves

Camp at the Highbanks Campground (Letchworth State Park)

New York / Highbanks Tent and Trail Campground

The Highbanks camping area is located on northern end of the park. Entering the park from the Mount Morris the camper registration will be 6 miles in on Park Road.

101 Saves

Run the Shore Parkway Greenway Trail

New York / Shore Parkway Greenway Trail

The Shore Parkway Greenway Trail is comprised of two disconnected segments along the New York Harbor that offer more than 12 miles of paved pathway on Brooklyn's southern border.

95 Saves

Hike to the Summit of Phelps Mountains

New York / Adirondack Loj

The hike starts at Adirondack Loj in the High Peaks Information Center parking lot. From there, follow the signs for Phelps Mountain/Mt. Marcy.

94 Saves

Hike the Staten Island Greenbelt

New York / Yellow Trailhead, Staten Island Greenbelt

The white trail offers one of the two more ambitious hikes, passing through Egbertville Ravine, Heyerdahl Hill and Buck’s Hollow parks on Staten Island, offering an up-close view of the forest and ma.

89 Saves

Climb the Bluffs of Shadmoor State Park

New York / Surfside Ave, Montauk

I've never actually been into the Shadmoor State Park, but you can climb up and onto the bluffs from the beach easily; well kind of easily.

88 Saves

Hike The Millbrook Mountain Ridge Trail

New York / West Trapps Parking Lot

Want to walk on the edge? visit Millbrook Mountain in the Catskills of NY.

88 Saves

Paddle Lake Placid

New York / Lake Placid Kayak Launch

Paddleboarding on Lake Placid is definitely and activity to add to your list when up in the Adirondacks during spring or summer.

87 Saves

Hike Giant Ledge

New York / Giant Ledge Trailhead

The trail starts across the street from the parking area you will see a sign. After a short walk in you will cross a foot bridge. At approximately 0.75 mile you will reach a junction.

85 Saves

Backpack to Malouf's Mountain Sunset Camp on Mt. Beacon

New York / Mount Beacon Trailhead

Starting in the quaint town of Beacon there are a couple of options for hikes of varying difficulty. From the station the walk is about 1.

85 Saves

Hike Constitution Marsh

New York / Constitution Marsh Parking

The parking area allows about 8 cars.  From the parking area you will walk down Warren Landing Road approximately 0.5 mile to the Visitors Center. You will see a kiosk to your right.

81 Saves

Paddle Peconic Bay

New York / Peconic Bay

While there are many ways to access the Peconic Bay, I have found the best direction to explore is north west after launching and during the sunset. If you head to the public beach on Towd Point Rd.

81 Saves

Hike to the Blue Mountain Fire Tower

New York / Blue Mountain Trailhead

This enjoyable year-round hike offers a self-guided nature walk with interpretive pamphlets located at the trailhead. Following the red marked trail, the first 0.9 miles is a comfortable ascent.

80 Saves

Camp on Giant Ledge

New York / Giant Ledge Trailhead

Giant Ledge is a great hike in the Catskills if you are looking for something short, with incredible views, and camping options.

80 Saves

Hike to Tremper Mountain Fire Tower

New York / Mt Tremper Trail

As the trail starts you will cross a few wooden bridges, then climb a steep section with rock steps. At about the 0.3 mile mark you will meet up with the Jeep trail that you will follow to the summit.

79 Saves

Hike to Gothics Mountain, Pyramid Peak, and Sawteeth Mountain via Beaver Meadow Falls

New York / Ausable Club

Gothics Mountain is number 10 in height on the 46ers list, standing at 4,736 feet.

79 Saves

Hike to Huckleberry Point

New York / Huckleberry Point Trailhead

This is a 4.5 mile hike that is great for hikers of all skill levels. Because it is short and not overly difficult, beginners will enjoy this hike.

78 Saves

Hike to Avalanche Pass

New York / Avalanche Pass Trailhead

Starting at the end of Adirondack Loj Road in the far right parking lot you will locate the trail register.  After signing in you will follow the Van Hovenberg trail.  At 1.

78 Saves

Explore High Falls Gorge

New York / High Falls Gorge

There is a fee to visit this amazing area. It ranges from $8.25 to $29.50 depending on your age/season/package. The Gorge offers approximately 1.75 miles of trails with breathtaking views to be had.

78 Saves

Hike to Mount Colden via Avalanche Pass

New York / Adirondack Loj

Mount Colden is number 11 on the list of 46ers, standing at 4,714 feet. There are a couple routes to Colden from the Loj.

78 Saves

Hike the Bluff Trail at Chimney Bluffs State Park

New York / Chimney Bluffs Trailhead

The trail starts right at the parking area.  You quickly climb a short ways up and through the open forest until you reach the bluffs edge.

76 Saves

Hike to the Summit of Ampersand Mountain

New York / Ampersand Mountain Trail

Ampersand Mountain is part of the Saranac Lake 6er Hiking Challenge. It is one of six mountains surrounding Saranac Lake. The trail starts just across the street from the parking area.

74 Saves

Hike Hunter Mountain via Becker Hollow Trail

New York / Becker Hollow Trailhead

There are multiple approaches to Hunter Mountain but this is the shortest. From the parking lot, follow the blue trail disks shortly entering a hardwood forest. At approximately 0.

73 Saves

Camp at Woodland Valley

New York / Woodland Valley Campground

If you are looking for a great campground up in the Catskill Mountains of New York then you definitely have to check out Woodland Valley Campgrounds.

72 Saves

Stroll along the Montauk Point Lighthouse Cliff Walk

New York / Montauk Point Lighthouse

The Montauk Point Lighthouse is one of the main attractions of "The End" of Long Island, but I've only ever walked around it on the cliff walk.

72 Saves

Hike Big Slide Mountain

New York / Big Slide Trailhead

Park at the Garden Trailhead, where there is a daily use fee of $7.00. Parking is limited and the lot fills up early most weekend mornings.

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Camp at Kittatinny Campground

New York / Kittatinny Campground

This campground is perfect for a group of friends that want to spend a couple days outdoors camping! With 350 campsites, there are many different types of sites available: from sites with electricit.

71 Saves

Hike through the Wolf Creek Falls Preserve

New York / Wolf Creek Falls Preserve Parking Area

Over 3 miles of trails provide access to all parts of the preserve, and end up winding through mixed terrain including a wetland, waterfalls, and old stone walls.

70 Saves

Capture a Sunset at the Colonie Town Park

New York / Colonie Town Park

Not all adventures have to involve scaling crazy-steep mountains or paddling down intense white-water rapids. Some of the best adventures are the relaxing and mellow ones right in our backyards.

68 Saves

Hike Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower

New York / Pillsbury Mountain

Pillsbury Mountain is a fairly short but satisfying hike, ending with beautiful views of surrounding mountain ranges and lakes, and home to a defunct ranger station and fire tower.

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Camp at Fish Creek Pond

New York / Fish Creek Pond Campground

Located in the Saranac Lake region there is a natural sand shoreline and water access for most campsites. There are countless rivers and ponds which allow use of motorized and non-motorized boats.

67 Saves

Hike Balanced Rocks on Pitchoff Mountain

New York / Balanced Rock Trail

The parking for this hike is shared with the parking for the high peak Cascade Mountain. The trailhead is separate and begins just across the street.

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Hike Christman Sanctuary

New York / Christman Santuary Trailhead

Starting from the parking lot you follow the Blue trail. Once you come to a fork you can choose which way you would like to start. I always bear right, which will bring you along the Bozenkill.

64 Saves

Climb Whiteface Mountain via Brook Slide

New York / Whiteface Landing Trailhead

You can choose to do an out-and-back, or we also spotted cars finishing at the Atmospheric Science Research Center.

62 Saves

Hike Prospect Mountain

New York / Prospect Mountain Trailhead

You can drive along a 5.

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Hike through the Woodruff Outdoor Learning Center

New York / Robert B. Woodruff Trailhead

This little gem can be done by all. At only 1.25 miles this trail has a lot to offer. I recommend this self-guided nature trail to everyone.

61 Saves

Hike the Great Range Traverse

New York / Adirondack Loj

The Summits: Mt. Marcy, Mt. Haystack, Little Haystack, Basin, Saddleback, Gothics, Armstrong, Upper Wolf Jaw, Lower Wolf Jaw, Hedgehog and Roostercomb.

61 Saves

Hike to the Mount Adams Fire Tower

New York / Mount Adams Trail

The sights for this hike start before you even reach the trailhead. Once a busy mining community, the area is rich in history.

61 Saves

Hike Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant Mountain

New York / Rocky Peak Ridge & Giant Traverse

My preference is to start this traverse on Rt 9 in New Russia and finish on Rt 73 at Chapel Pond.

60 Saves

Walk the Walkway Over the Hudson

New York / Walkway Over the Hudson - Poughkeepsie Parking

There are two parking spots at each side of this bridge.  The one noted here is the eastern side in Poughkeepsie.  There is ample parking.  There are also restrooms at the start.

59 Saves

Hike Owls Head

New York / Owls Head Trailhead

There are a few Owls Heads located within the Adirondack Park. This one is located on Owls Head Lane off Route 73 in Keene, NY. This is a gentle ascent of 0.6 miles to the 2120 foot summit.

58 Saves

Hike to McKenzie and Haystack Mountains

New York / Haystack Mountain Trail

McKenzie Mountain stands at 3,861 feet and is one of the highest 100 in the Adirondacks. Haystack Mountain stands at 2,874 feet. Both are part of the Saranac 6ers Challenge.

57 Saves

Hike to Balsam Lake Fire Tower

New York / Balsam Lake Fire Tower Trail

The trail starts across the street on an old Jeep trail. The registration box will be reached at 0.33 miles. You will continue to follow the Jeep trail and at about 2.

57 Saves

Hike to Newman's Ledge

New York / North-South Lake Parking Area

Located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, this is an outdoors-mans(and woman's) dream spot! Although this hike is accessible year round, if you decide to go during the summer you should expect cro.

56 Saves

Hike to Red Hill Fire Tower

New York / Red Hill Fire Tower Trail

This gentle hike is not too long or steep, and the summit rewards you with a nice picnic spot. Starting from the parking lot, shortly into the hike, you will hit a stream crossing. At 1.

55 Saves

Hike to Echo Cliffs on Panther Mountain

New York / Echo Cliffs Trailhead

This gem of a hike is located in Piseco, NY near three state campgrounds. After parking alongside the road, follow the trail as it climbs along the slope of a ravine.

54 Saves

Hike the Millbrook Mountain/Gertrude Nose loop

New York / Lake Minnewaska

This great loop hike starts from the upper parking lot of Lake Minnewaska State Park.

53 Saves

Hike to Black Mountain in Lake George, NY

New York / Black Mountain Parking Area

Black Mountain is located on the Eastern side of Lake George and is the tallest mountain above Lake George. The trailhead is located on Pike Brook Road (off from Hulett's Rd, Route 6) in Clemons, NY.

53 Saves

Hike Crane Mountain

New York / Crane Mountain Trailhead

At the trail register stay to your right at the fork in the trail. The left trail will be where you return. At approximately 0.

52 Saves

Hike St. Regis Mountain

New York / St. Regis Mountain Trail

St Regis is part of the Saranac Lake 6er Hiking Challenge. It is one of six mountains surrounding Saranac Lake.

52 Saves

Explore Smith Woods

New York / Smith Woods

Smith Woods is a 32 acre old growth forest in Trumansburg, NY, directly across from the Trumansburg Fairgrounds.

52 Saves

Hike Vroman's Nose

New York / Vromans Nose Trailhead

Once you leave the parking area, the first 0.25 miles you ascend up an "old woods" road. You will then head left into the forest. At approximately 0.4 miles you will come to a junction.

52 Saves

Hike to Papermill Falls

New York / Trail 19

The trail is marked as #19 on Letchworth State Park maps also known as Gibsonville Trail.

50 Saves

Hike Rocky Mountain Summit

New York / Rocky Mountain Trailhead

This half-mile, steep hike to the 2225 foot summit of Rocky Mountain has some great views of Fourth Lake and the surrounding area from it's open summit.

50 Saves

Hike Black Bear Mountain

New York / Black Bear Mountain Trailhead

The trail up Black Bear starts at the end of the old road/parking lot nearest Inlet. There are two routes up Black Bear; the shorter but steeper route of 1.

48 Saves

Camping at Mills Norrie State Park

New York / Mills Norrie Campgrounds

Mills Norrie State Park is really the sumtotal of two parks: Margaret Lewis Norrie and Ogden & Ruth Livingston Mills State Parks, joined together by the Hudson River.

47 Saves

Catch a Sunset on Buck Mountain

New York / Buck Mountain Parking

There are a few options for this mountain. The route described is the easiest approach and therefore the nicest for a sunset hike.

47 Saves

Hike Dial & Nippletop Mountains

New York / Dial & Nippletop Trailhead

Very important and therefore, I will note it first. A portion of this hike is on the Adirondack Mountain Reserve and dogs are not allowed. After parking at the St.

45 Saves

Hike to Noonmark Mountain

New York / Noonmark Mountain Trailhead

This trail actually begins off an easement of private roads at the Ausable Club. From the main road, you will see the Register and signage showing 2.1 miles to Noonmark.

45 Saves

Photograph the Keene Barn

New York / Keene Barn

Every time I drive through this area my first thought is "Is the barn still standing". This beautiful barn is located at the intersection of Routes 73 and 9N in Keene.

42 Saves

Hike Up Cobble Hill

New York / Cobble Hill Trailhead

Looking for a great family hike up in the Adirondacks? Take a look into Cobble Hill right off of Mirror Lake in Lake Placid.

42 Saves

Hike to Mount Baker in Saranac Lake

New York / Mt. Baker Trail

Mount Baker (also referred to as Baker Mountain) stands at 2,457 feet and sits in the village of Saranac Lake and is part of the Saranac Lake 6ers Challenge. This is a moderate out and back 1.

42 Saves

Hike Cat & Thomas Mountains Preserve

New York / Cat & Thomas Trailhead

There are a few ways to approach these two peaks. We chose to do a traverse using two vehicles. Starting at Edgecomb Pond Rd you will park along the road.

42 Saves

Hike the Keleher Preserve Loop

New York / Keleher Preserve Parking Area

The historic preserve is operated by the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, so trails are clearly marked and extremely well maintained.

42 Saves

Hike to Street and Nye Mountains

New York / Adirondack Loj

Street Mountain is number 31 at 4,166’ and Nye Mountain is number 45 at 3,895’ on the list of 46ers.

41 Saves

Drive the Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway

New York / Adirondack Trail (Mayfield)

This scenic byway starts in Fonda, NY and travels along Route 30 to Malone, NY.  The area described and pictured here is a 65 mile stretch from Mayfield to Indian Lake.

41 Saves

Photograph the "Plains of Abraham"

New York / Plains of Abraham

Originally, the area where modern-day Lake Placid is located was called The Plains of Abraham.

41 Saves

Visit the Vanderbilt Mansion

New York / Vanderbilt Mansion Parking

Once you are at the parking area you can choose to start the loop in either direction.  I like the idea of leaving the Mansion for last so that is what I did.

41 Saves

Hike Utsayantha Fire Tower

New York / Utsayantha Trailhead

Whether you hike or drive up the one mile road you will not be disappointed. This is an amazing spot whether you climb the tower or not to watch a sunset.

40 Saves

Hike Dickinson Hill Fire Tower

New York / Dickinson Hill Trailhead

Once you drive onto N. Long Pond Road you will follow it appproximately 1.5 miles to the end. From the parking you can take the short walk back on the road to the start of the trail.

40 Saves

Climb the Stillwater Fire Tower

New York / Stillwater Fire Tower Trailhead

Located along the gravel Big Moose Road most of the parking here is along the sides of the road.  Though there is a small lot it only hold two vehicles.

40 Saves

Hike the IBM Glen Preserve

New York / IBM Glen Parking Area

From the parking lot follow the only trail heading downhill, the yellow trail. At the first and second forks in the trail, stay left remaining on the yellow trail.

38 Saves

Camp at Lewey Lake

New York / Lewey Lake Campground

Located in the Central Adirondacks this campground offers 207 sites. It is on Lewey Lake however offers a channel into Indian Lake as well as the Miami River.

37 Saves

Camp at Sugarloaf Mountain in the Catskills

New York / Mink Hollow Road

Begin by parking at the end of Mink Road in Elka Park (GPS:N42 08.593, W74 09.479). It will be a .7 mile hike to camp. Follow the rocky woods road to the junction where there is a SPRING sign.

37 Saves

Camp at Caroga Lake

New York / Caroga Lake State Campground

I have been camping here yearly. Located on East Caroga Lake the sites are clean and many are large. They offer a few water sites.

37 Saves

Hike Hurricane Mountain

New York / Hurricane Mountain Trailhead

Though there are a few approaches to this mountain, this is the most widely used. The trail is marked with red discs and easy to follow. At times you will cross small brooks and bog bridges.

36 Saves

Hike High Falls Conservation

New York / High Falls Conservation Parking

There is one parking area for this 47 acre conservation area.  There is a kiosk located at the parking lot which offers maps and information on the other Conservation areas.

36 Saves

Climb Haystack, Basin & Saddleback

New York / Garden Trailhead

This hike starts in the Garden Parking Lot in Keene Valley, NY. The Garden parking lot (operated by the town of Keene) costs $7 per day from late April through the end of October (2014 rate).

36 Saves

Hike Jay Mountain

New York / Jay Mountain Trailhead

As you reach the ridge, you will notice a short spur trail to see the viewpoint from the western end of the ridge. It is approximately 2 miles to the ridge from the trailhead. The ridge runs 1.

35 Saves

Hike to OK Slip Falls

New York / OK Slip Falls Parking

Starting at the parking area you will walk 0.2 miles west on Route 28 to the north side of the road to locate the marked trailhead.

34 Saves

Hike Shelving Rock Mountain

New York / Shelving Rock Mountain Trail

The trailhead for Shelving Rock Mountain has enough room for about five cars but additional parking can be found on the road leading to it.

34 Saves

Hike to Mount Arab Fire Tower

New York / Mount Arab Trailhead

Located just a couple miles outside of Tupper Lake this little hike is a gem. The trailhead starts just across the street from the parking area. The 1.

34 Saves

Explore Christine Falls

New York / Christine Falls Pull-Off

The falls are less than 0.1 mile from the parking area; you'll know you're close as you can hear them from the parking area. You will walk a rocky downhill slope to the falls.

34 Saves

Hike Sleeping Beauty & Area Ponds

New York / Sleeping Beauty Trailhead

Parking is available at the end of Dacy Clearing Rd. There are great primitive campsites throughout the area.

34 Saves

Hike to Good Luck Cliffs

New York / Good Luck Cliffs Trailhead

The parking area is easily located as there is a sign along the road. The first 1.5 miles of the trail is an easy hike over old woods roads and snowmobile trails to Good Luck Lake.

33 Saves

Hike the West Gorge Trail at Waterman Conservation Center

New York / Waterman Conservation Center

Park anywhere near the conservation center when you pull into the parking lot and head towards the open field where a map kiosk stands.

33 Saves

Camp at Chase Lake

New York / Chase Lake Trailhead

Chase Lake is part of the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest. The trailhead is located from the dead-end on Pinnacle Road. You will follow the red marked trail.

32 Saves

Paddle the Essex Chain of Lakes

New York / N. Deer Pond Pull-Off (Essex Chain of Lakes)

Beginning in the Town of Newcomb, there is a sign for the Essex Chain of Lakes at the intersection of Route 28N and Pine Tree Road. Follow Pine Tree Road until you see a right for Goodnow Flow Road.

32 Saves

Hike around Little Stony Point

New York / Little Stony Point Parking

Explore this point located along the mighty Hudson River.  Though a short walk there is much to see.

32 Saves

Hike the Lower Great Range

New York / Lower Great Range Parking

You will start this hike at the Ausable Club parking area at the start of Ausable Club Rd off Rt 73. Here you will walk up Ausable Club Rd and turn left onto Lake Road.

31 Saves

Camp at Glimmerglass State Park

New York / Glimmerglass State Park Entrance

To spend a night in Glimmerglass State Park, make your reservation here. Looking for daytime activities? The park offers 4.75 miles of trail systems.

31 Saves

Hike Twin Mountain

New York / Prediger Road DEC Parking Lot

The DEC Parking lot, is located at the very end of a dead end, along Prediger Rd. Start at the trail head to the right of the trail kiosk and sign in sheet.

31 Saves

Hike Allen Mountain

New York / Allen Mountain Trailhead

Parking for Allen is in the history filled town of Tahawus. This area is known as the Upper Works. The parking will be on your right shortly after the Old Blast Furnace from the mining days.

30 Saves

Hike to Owls Head Mountain Fire Tower in Sargent Ponds Wild Forest

New York / Owls Head Mountain Fire Tower Trail

Owls Head Mountain is an Adirondack Fire Tower Mountain with an elevation of 2,812 feet. It is located in Long Lake in the Sargent Ponds Wild Forest and is a 6.2 mile out and back round trip hike.

30 Saves

Hike Spruce Mountain

New York / Spruce Mountain Trailhead

The trail starts on private land on North Road. You can only drive so far as a sign tells you "no parking beyond this point." You will see a sign on the right side of the road.

30 Saves

Hike Gore Mountain

New York / Gore Mountain Trailhead

You will start this hike following the blue blazed Schaefer trail. Though the sign shows 5.8 miles to the summit it is actually only 5.0 miles.

30 Saves

Kayak Camp Section 1 of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

New York / Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Western Terminus

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile paddling trail with the western terminus located in Old Forge, New York and the eastern terminus in Fort Kent, Maine.

30 Saves

Hike Peaked Mountain

New York / Peaked Mountain Trailhead

Peaked Mountain is located in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness. The parking for this hike is located at the end of Thirteenth Lake Road.

29 Saves

Hike to Nine Corner Lake

New York / Nine Corner Lake Trailhead

There is plenty of parking here with large pull-offs on both sides of the road. The trail is a wide old road. Soon after you sign the register you will pass a gate and continue.

29 Saves

Hike to Mount Colvin and Blake Peak

New York / Ausable Club

Mount Colvin and Blake Peak are located along the Colvin Range in the High Peaks Wilderness. Mount Colvin is number 39 on the 46er list, at 4,057 feet.

29 Saves

Hike the Santanoni Range

New York / Santanoni Range Trailhead

This hike is in a very remote area of the high peaks. The range features three of the Adirondack 46 high peaks including Panther 4442 ft, Couchsachraga 3820 ft and Santanoni 4607 ft.

29 Saves

Take a Stroll at Wintergreen Park

New York / Wintergreen Park Trailhead

The scenic trail starts at the upper parking area. The one mile one-way trail will leads you along the rim of the Canajoharie Creek Gorge to an overlook.

29 Saves

Camp along Section 2 of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

New York / Long Lake Boat Launch

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile paddling trail with the western terminus located in Old Forge, New York and the eastern terminus in Fort Kent, Main.  Section Two is a 42.

28 Saves

Hike Pilot Knob

New York / Pilot Knob Trailhead

The trail starts off from the same trail head as the popular Buck Mountain.  You will follow the trail approximately 0.3 miles until  a split.

28 Saves

Paddle The Nine-Mile Swamp

New York / Wickwire Put-In

The best place to launch into the Nine-Mile Swamp is along side of Wickwire Road (off from State Route 12) not far beyond the RR Crossing. There is room here for about half a dozen cars.

28 Saves

Hike to the Azure Fire Tower

New York / Azure Mountain Trailhead

From the parking lot the trail begins at the gate and follows the red marked discs. The former observers cabin site is at 0.3 miles. At this point the trail ascends steadily.

28 Saves

Hike the Soda Range Loop

New York / Crows Clearing Trailhead

This fun and scenic hike is located in Keene, NY. The trailhead is located at Crows Clearing at the end of Otoole Rd. There are two trailheads.

28 Saves

Fly Fish at Salmon Creek Falls

New York / Salmon Creek Fishing Lot

Park at the dead end designated DEC "Fishing Salmon Creek" lot.

28 Saves

Swim at Shelving Rock Bay

New York / Shelving Rock Bay Trailhead

The parking lot is located on Shelving Rock Road a few minutes down the road from the trail head to Shelving Rock Mountain.

27 Saves

Hike to Vanderwhacker Fire Tower

New York / Vanderwhacker Mountain Trailhead

The official trailhead is located off Moose Pond Club Road. This is a seasonal access road; therefore, if you're planning this hike in winter, you will need to add an additional 5.2 miles roundtrip.

27 Saves

Hike the Sunset Point - South Beacon Mountain Loop

New York / Notch Trailhead (north end)

This loop hike form the Notch Trail northern trailhead on Route 9D.  There is enough parking at this trailhead for about 5-6 cars.  The Notch Trail is identified with blue trail markers.

27 Saves

Hike to Big Crow

New York / Big Crow Trailhead

Park at the end of O'Toole Rd to begin this short hike. Note that in winter you would have to walk a little further as part of the road is seasonal.

27 Saves

Hike at Poet's Walk Park

New York / Poet's Walk Parking

The parking area offers a kiosk with maps.  At the kiosk you will see the main trail which will lead you 0.66 miles through open fields to the Overlook Pavillon.

27 Saves

Hike to Tenant Creek Falls

New York / Tenant Creek Falls Parking

The parking and first mile of this trail is new.  The parking lot will be on the right side of the road and allows for about 6 vehicles comfortably.

27 Saves

Hike to Ferncliff Fire Tower

New York / Ferncliff Forest Parking

At the parking area there is a kiosk which offers a trail map.  The description here and trail I chose to follow from the parking lot was the Yellow trail.

26 Saves

Kayak & Hike to Baldface Mountain

New York / Indian Lake Marina

Along Rt 30 you will park at the top of Miv Road and walk down the short road to the Indian Lake Marina. There is a small fee to launch here and the honor system is generally used.

26 Saves

Hike Rooster Comb

New York / Roostercomb Trailhead

Start this hike from the Rooster Comb trail head along scenic Rt 73 in Keene Valley.  The parking lot offers ample parking.   You start off crossing a boardwalk over a swampy section.

25 Saves

Hike to the Lyon Mountain Fire Tower

New York / Lyon Mountain Trailhead

The hike begins at the end of a seasonal road, so keep in mind if you are planning it in winter be prepared to possibly add 2.0 miles roundtrip. There is a good size parking area.

25 Saves

Hike the Pharaoh Mountain Loop

New York / Pharaoh Mountain Trailhead

You start off at the initial parking area on Crane Pond Road. There is a sign in register here. From here you will have a 1.9 mile one-way walk on a rough road to Crane Pond.

24 Saves

Hike up Burger Hill

New York / Burger Hill Parking

From the parking are you will see your destination at 0.4 miles away.  Follow the trail up the hill.  The summit features three rock benches which have the names of the mountains you are seeing.

24 Saves

Hike the Perkins/Fahnestock/Charcoal Burners Trail Loop

New York / Charcoal Burners Trailhead, Clarence Fahnestock State Park

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Clarence Fahnestock State Park. A real mixed bag but mostly very enjoyable. The trail starts at the Charcoal Burners Trailhead Route 301.

24 Saves

Hike the Cascade Lake Loop

New York / Cascade Lake Trailhead

This walk has so much to offer. Starting at the new parking area, you will register and follow the trail into the woods for 0.3 miles. Here you will pick up the old trail and follow it left. At 0.

24 Saves

Hike the Blackhead Range & Windham

New York / Blackhead Range Trailhead

You will need to spot cars for the described hike however, there are a few ways of approaching this hike. Start at the end of Barnum Road. You need to walk down the driveway to the first house.

23 Saves

Run the Sapsucker Woods Trails

New York / Sapsucker Woods Trails

There are two main sets of trails available for walking/running on. The trails connect across a small road and can be made into about a 4 mile loop if you run some of the interior loops as well.

23 Saves

Hike the Washburn/Nelsonville/Undercliff Loop

New York / Washburn Trail

This is a difficult loop hike that has several different starting points.  I chose to start at the Washburn Trail Head, which is the lowest starting point you can select.

23 Saves

Hike the Pilot Knob Preserve

New York / Pilot Knob Preserve Trailhead

The land here is owned by the Lake George Land Conservancy. You have the possibility of doing two loops which I included as part of the 3.7 miles. It is about a 500 foot ascent to the Gazebo.

22 Saves

Kayak the Kunjamuk River

New York / Kunjamuk River

This paddle begins in Speculator, there is a very large area for parking across from the public beach.

22 Saves

Hike Goodman Mountain

New York / Goodman Mountain Trailhead

You will see a sign along Route 30 "Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest", this where the parking area is. There is an informational kiosk at the trailhead explaining the re-naming of the mountain.

22 Saves

Hike Wakely Fire Tower

New York / Wakely Mountain Trailhead

Starting from the parking area you will follow the red marked trail northwest. The first 2 miles are mostly a flat to low grade ascent along an old woods road. At 1.

22 Saves

Climb Coney Mountain

New York / Coney Mountain Trailhead

This newer trail offers a parking area; however, it can get busy. There is ample parking along the wide shoulder of Route 30. The trail is easy to follow and marked with blue discs.

22 Saves

Hike the Wetlands Loop, BU Nature Preserve

New York / BU Nature Preserve Visitor Parking

Park across from the Nature Preserve Kiosk where you can pay to park ($1 for 30 mins) ask an attendant for directions at the entrance of the university for ease of navigation through campus.

22 Saves

Hike the Jessup/Highlands/Long Path Trails

New York / Gonzaga Park, Woodbury

This trails starts at a small park in Woodbury called Gonzaga Park.  Closed from mid-November to April, you are still able to park just outside the gate if that is the time of year you are hiking.

22 Saves

Hike Mount Marshall

New York / Mount Marshall Trailhead

The parking lot for this trailhead is decent sized and located at the very end of the road. After signing in the register you will head north toward Indian Pass. At 0.

22 Saves

Camp at Little Sand Point

New York / Little Sand Point Campground

This New York State Campground is located on Piseco Lake.  Many of the sites are on the lake.  The lake offers a nice paddle with a few outlets.  The sites are good sized and the facilities are clean.

22 Saves

Camp at Woods Lake

New York / Woods Lake Trailhead

This would be a great overnight for anyone who wants to try primitive camping.  The trailhead parking is a lot on the opposite side of the road.

21 Saves

Walk up Belfrey Fire Tower

New York / Belfrey Mountain Trailhead

This is an easy stroll for anyone. The first 0.2 miles is following the gravel access road. You will then take a small footpath the last 0.1 miles. For such little effort you get big rewards.

21 Saves

Check Out the Historic Jay Covered Bridge

New York / Jay Covered Bridge

Originally erected in 1857, it was restored to its original state in 2006. The only bridge traffic allowed is pedestrian and bicycle. The bridge resides over the east branch of the Ausable River.

20 Saves

Hike and Birdwatch the Apalachin Marsh

New York / Apalachin Marsh Pull-off

Park on the gravel "pull-off" West-bound on Route 434 in Apalachin (See pin). Walk along the fence and turn into the opening where you'll go through a tunnel about 20 yards long.

20 Saves

Hike to Shelving Rock Falls

New York / Shelving Rock Falls Trail

The hike to beautiful Shelving Rock Falls is only a half mile and well worth the side trip if visiting the east side of Lake George.

19 Saves

Hike to Saugerties Lighthouse

New York / Saugerties Lighthouse Parking

This beautiful lighthouse is Located along the Hudson River at the confluence of the Espous Creek.  Beginning at the parking area it is a 0.5 mile walk one-way.

18 Saves

Hike to Beaver Pond

New York / Appalachian Trailhead at Canopus Lake

Beaver Pond is a small body of water created by a dam that was constructed during the days of iron ore mining in the area.  The pond is crystal clear and has a wonderful tree line right on the water.

18 Saves

Hike Looking Glass Pond

New York / Looking Glass Pond Trailhead

The parking lot is located off of Rossman Hill Road down a short road (not listed on maps).  You will see a brown sign at the road however, to direct you.

17 Saves

Hike Jessup/West Ridge Loop via the Sweet Clover Trail

New York / Taylor Road Parking - Schunnemunk SP

Schunnemunk Mountain State Park is one of my favorite parks.  It offers many trails and possibilities for different loops.

17 Saves

Hike Hopkins Mountain

New York / Roostercomb Trailhead

Park at the Roostercomb parking trailhead. You will cross the road in a diagonal direction to Ranney Road. The road sign says it is a private road; however, you are able to walk down the road.

16 Saves

Paddle the Stillwater Reservoir

New York / Stillwater Reservoir Launch

Located in Webb, NY the launch site offers ample parking, public bathrooms, store, gasoline, restaurant, lodging, boat, kayak & canoe rentals, riverboat and car ferry to Beaver River and 46 free prim.

16 Saves

Hike to Blue Ledge on the Hudson

New York / Blue Ledge on the Hudson Trailhead

After turning on Northwoods Club Road you will drive 7.0 miles.  The trail head will be on your left marked with a brown sign.  You can park on either side of the road.

16 Saves

Hike Catamount Mountain

New York / Catamount Mountain Trailhead

As you travel toward the mountain you will be able to see it. I always enjoy seeing what I will be climbing! The trailhead parking has room for plenty of cars and has a newer sign.

16 Saves

Walk along the Sacandaga River Pathway

New York / Sacandaga River Pathway Trailhead

Located in the heart of Speculator this nature trail is a perfect spot for the entire family.  Park at the large free parking area across from the Lake Pleasant beach on Route 30.

15 Saves

Take a Stroll at Camp Saratoga

New York / Camp Saratoga Parking

Explore the trails at Camp Saratoga which operated as a boy scout camp from 1930 to 2001 when it became part of the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park.

15 Saves

Hike at Falling Waters Preserve

New York / Falling Waters Preserve Parking

The yellow entry drive trail is accessible to vehicles and leads to the parking area.  Here you will find a kiosk and trail maps. From the parking area you will begin on the Red Upland trail.

15 Saves

Run the Schoharie Crossing

New York / Schoharie Crossing Trailhead

This is a great beginner trail run. The 5.0 mile roundtrip is level. Park along the road and sign in. You will follow the Towpath trail to the Yankee Hill Lock.

15 Saves

Hike the Stillman - Bluebird Loop

New York / Stillman Trailhead

This loop hike starts at the northern trailhead of the park where the Stillman Trail begins.  The parking area has enough space for only 6 or 7 cars.  Start off on a wide maintained carriage road.

15 Saves

Snowshoe around Lake Bonita

New York / Lake Bonita Trailhead

This new trail system is part of Moreau Lake State Park.  The trail is easily accessed by a parking lot along Wilton Mountain Road.  From the parking lot you will see the White access trail.

14 Saves

Canoe or Kayak the Follensby Clear Area

New York / Follensby Clear Area

Start this circuit at the Fish Creek Pond Campgrounds.  A fabulous clean campground with every site on the water.  Either book for the weekend or get a day use pass.

14 Saves

Hike to Boreas Ponds

New York / Boreas Ponds Trailhead

You will start from the last parking area along Gulf Brook Road.  The road is a bit rough, higher clearance vehicle recommended. Just past the gate is a kiosk and map.

14 Saves

Hike to Shallow Lake in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness

New York / Brown Tract Pond Campground

Shallow Lake is a 268 acre remote lake located in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness in Central Adirondacks.

14 Saves

Climb Cascade via #7 Slide

New York / Slide Trailhead

Along scenic RT 73 you will see the Cascade Lakes, between the two lakes is the parking area for this hike. You can see the slide from the road. The slide is shaped like the number seven.

13 Saves

Hike the Cornish/Brook/Notch/Washburn/Undercliff Loop

New York / Washburn Trailhead

This loop is a great option to avoid crowds on the west side of the Washburn trail.  Start at the same trailhead for the Washburn Trail.

13 Saves

Snowshoe Gray Peak, Mount Skylight & Mount Marcy

New York / Adirondack Loj Trailhead

The trailhead begins at the Adirondack Loj parking lot.  Parking here is $10.00 a day or $5.00 for Adirondack Mountain Club members.  After signing in the trail register you will walk 2.

13 Saves

Kayak at Stewart Landing

New York / Stewart Landing

At the parking area there is a dam. You can launch next to this area; the water is calm. The paddle is enjoyable with very little current.

13 Saves

Climb the Wilmington Slide

New York / Wilmington Range Trailhead

The described hike is a traverse in the Taylor Pond Wild Forest. Starting on Bonnie View Road you will start on the eastern portion of the Copper Kiln Pond Trail.

12 Saves

Hike the North Point Loop

New York / Butter Hill Trailhead

There is three different trailheads to access the North Point Loop.  I chose the trailhead that would give me the longest hike.  That would be the Butter Hill parking area on Route 9W north.

12 Saves

Hike the Tongue Mountain Range

New York / Tongue Mountain Range Trailhead

The best way to tackle this hike is to spot cars.  I suggest the starting point for the Deer Leap trail, which is the trailhead location I chose coordinates for.  You will follow this trail for 0.

11 Saves

Paddle Helldiver Pond

New York / Helldiver Trailhead

This remote pond is located in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest. There is plenty of primitive camping in this area. Located along Moose River Road you will take a small road 0.

10 Saves

Hike to Kipp Mountain

New York / Kipp Mountain Trailhead

This hike starts along Ben Culver Road at a road side pull off with room for several cars.  You will the trail sign and register from the parking area.

10 Saves

Hike the Eldridge Wilderness Loop

New York / Eldridge Wilderness Parking Lot

Park in the designated lot directly off Troy Rd and begin the loop at the only trail entering the parking area (the lot only holds about 4-5 vehicles).

9 Saves

Hike through Betty & Wilbur Davis State Park

New York / Betty & Wilbur Davis State Park Parking

The parking area is actually off of a small drive called Sunset Drive off of Davis Road. This is not on the map however you cannot miss it as you will see the sign to parking.

9 Saves

Snowshoe to Mount Colden

New York / Adirondack Loj Trailhead

The hike begins at the large parking area for the Heart Lake Program Center.  Parking here is $5.00 for Adirondack Club members or $10.00 non-members.

9 Saves

Kayak the Cedar River Flow

New York / Cedar River Flow Launch

Traveling along Cedar River Road you will reach the Moose River Recreation Area at approximately 12 miles. Here you can park at the Wakely Dam. You will see the launch area to the right of the dam.

9 Saves

Hike Cobble Lookout

New York / Cobble Lookout Trailhead

As you drive on Whiteface Memorial Highway just before you reach the tolls you will bear right on Gillespie Drive. The trail will be on your right at approximately 0.2 miles.

9 Saves

Hike Bennett, Middle & Murphy Lakes

New York / Bennett, Middle & Murphy Trailhead

Park along the roadside to begin this hike. A wooden sign will mark the start of the trail on the north side of the road. At 0.1 miles you will cross a small stream and wet area.

8 Saves

Camp at North Lake Campground

New York / North Lake Parking Lot

During an unplanned road trip, we arrived at the North/South Lake Campground out of curiosity and without a doubt, it was totally worth the stop! (We only saw North Lake.

8 Saves

Hike to Meade & Beckman Mountain

New York / Meade/Beckman Mountian Trailhead

The parking area is along Igerna Road and offers space for about four vehicles.  The trail and register start from the parking lot.

8 Saves

Hike the Scofield Ridge Loop

New York / Mount Beacon Park

There are some great view points along this route.  Start from the Mount Beacon Park trailhead parking area.  This leads to the Casino Trail (red markers).

8 Saves

Snowshoe to Lake Colden

New York / Lake Colden Trailhead

This hike starts from the large parking area for the Heart Lake Program Center (adjacent to HPIC) it is $5 for ADK Mountain Club members and $10 for nonmembers to park.

8 Saves

Hike to Palmer Pond

New York / Palmer Pond Trailhead

Parking is at the end of Palmer Pond Road, it will turn into a dirt road and the last 0.2 miles is a little rough.  Just take your time and even with a car you will be fine.

8 Saves

Backpack Nippletop, Indian Head, Gothics

New York / Saint Huberts Trailhead

We completed this loop over the course of 3 days in late June, however for those who pack extraordinarily light and/or travel extraordinarily fast, this loop could be completed in 2 days.

8 Saves

Climb the Kilburn Slide

New York / Kilburn Slide Parking

Parking is at the pull off for Monument Falls on Rt 86 in North Elba.  After parking you will cross the road and find a faint herd path leading into woods.

7 Saves

Hike Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve

New York / Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve Trailhead

This preserve consists of 118 acres of protected land including the preserve, a family homestead and working farm.

7 Saves

Hike to the Balm of Gilead Mountain

New York / Balm of Gilead Trailhead

Weather you're short on time or pairing this with another area hike, this little trek will leave you satisfied.

7 Saves

Camp at Sacandaga Public Campsites

New York / Sacandaga Public Campsite

Situated in a stand of white pine and northern hardwoods on the Sacandaga River, the serene Sacandaga Campground offers excellent fishing and hiking on nearby state lands.

6 Saves

Hike to the Whitehouse Bridge

New York / Whitehouse Bridge Trailhead

West River is a scenic, seasonal-use road in the hamlet of Wells that follows along the West Branch of the Sacandaga River.  There are several primitive campsites along the road.

6 Saves

Hike the Osborn Loop

New York / South Mountain Pass Road

The Osborn Loop trail itself is not a loop.  It connects to a 2.5 mile section of the Appalachian Trail.  Hiking these together creates the loop.

6 Saves

Rock Climb at Notch Mountain in the Adirondacks

New York / Copperas Pond Trailhead

Park at the Moss Cliff Parking area on Route 86 and cross the road to the trailhead for Copperas Pond.

5 Saves

Hike the Thayer Preserve Loop at Lick Brook

New York / Thayer Preserve Pull-off

On Townline road, park at the pulloff where you'll see arrows pointing to the "Thayer Loop Trail" and a kiosk describing the trail.

5 Saves

Kayak at Spier Falls

New York / Spier Falls Parking

Access is limited to a public boat launch off of Spier Falls Rd.  There is parking for a few vehicles.  There are dams at both ends of this section which allows for an excellent flatwater adventure.

5 Saves

Hike to Pratt Rock

New York / Pratt Rock Trailhead

Along Route 23 you will see a large sign for Pratt Rock.  There is a small parking area for at least a half dozen cars.

4 Saves

Climb Benny's Brook Slide

New York / Garden Trailhead

The trail starts at the Garden Trail head in Keene Valley.  Keep in mind this parking lot gets full very early morning.

4 Saves

Visit Boldt Castle

New York / Boldt Castle Shuttle Parking

Boldt Castle is on Heart Island part of the Thousand Islands.  It is an island and therefore, only accessible by water!  You can use Uncle Sam Boat Tours as a shuttle to the Island for a charge of $9.

4 Saves

Deep Water Solo at The Palisades on Lake Champlain

New York / Palisades Crag

Free soloing gets a lot of hype in the climbing world. No surprise, you're putting your life at risk basically.

4 Saves

Climb Wright Peak via the Angel Slides

New York / Adirondack Loj Trailhead

Parking is at the popular High Peaks Information Center (Adirondack Loj).  There is a fee to park here for the day $10.00 non-member and $5.00 members.  The trailhead is located at the back of Lot 1.

4 Saves

Hike Billy's Bald Spot

New York / Trailhead to Billy's Bald Spot

Trailhead The trailhead for this rather basic hike is located on the northwest side of Martin Road near Big Moose Lake. To get here, one first must venture to Eagle Bay, near Old Forge.

3 Saves

Kayak the Schoharie Creek

New York / Schohahrie Creek Launch

The boat launch area offers a nice picnic area with charcoal grills.  This is where the Erie Canal crossed over the creek by an aqueduct.  You can see the partial remains of the aqueduct.

3 Saves

Camp at Eighth Lake Campground

New York / Eighth Lake Campground

The campground offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including canoeing and boating, fishing, hiking, and bicycling.

3 Saves

Explore Austin Falls

New York / Austin Falls Pull-Off

The falls are located on Old Route 30 off of Route 30 in Wells.  Once you make the turn on Old Route 30 you will drive 2.7 miles.

2 Saves

Hike the Lisha Kill Preserve Loop

New York / Lisha Kill Preserve

This 2.3 mile loop trail is lightly trafficked and great for all skill levels. Starting out the trail register, you will see signs from The Nature Conservancy which manages the preserve.

2 Saves

Rock Climb Owl's Head Mountain

New York / Owl's Head Mountain

Owls Head Mountain is a hot spot when it comes to hiking. For climbers, it's a great crag to hone in your skills and practice moving fluidly.

2 Saves

Camp at Rogers Rock

New York / Rogers Rock Campground

Located in Hague, NY at the northern end of Lake George this is a popular campground.  You can enjoy swimming, bicycling, fishing, boating and hiking.

2 Saves

Hike at George Landis Arboretum

New York / George Landis Arboretum

 Landis is an arboretum and public garden incorporating hundreds of acres in Schoharie & Montgomery Counties in New York State.

2 Saves

Hike Huntersfield Mountain

New York / Huntersfield Mountain Parking

Huntersfield Mountain at 3423 feet, is the highest point in Schoharie County.

2 Saves

Hike to Eternal Flame Falls in Chestnut Ridge Park

New York / Eternal Flame Trailhead

I'd heard two things about this particular waterfall before seeing it: the flame isn't always lit (so bring a lighter) and the current depends on the rain.

2 Saves

Visit Singer Castle

New York / Singer Castle Shuttle Parking

Singer Castle is located on Dark Island part of the Thousand Islands.  It is an island and therefore, only accessible by boat.  I suggest using Uncle Sam Boat Tours.  The Singer Castle cruise is $37.

1 Saves

Hike at Willie Wildlife Marsh

New York / Willie Wildlife Marsh Trailhead

The trailhead starts across from the parking area.  There is a sign-in register so please don't forget to sign in.  The start of the trail to the Marsh is a recently constructed ADA Trail.

1 Saves