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25 Must-Do Adventures in New York

There's more to New York than the Big Apple.

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When you think of exploring New York, your first thoughts are probably of plays on Broadway, world-class restaurants, and everything else that New York City has to offer. The truth is, the opportunities for outdoor adventure throughout New York state rival the excitement of the city (and for some of us, far surpass it). From the Adirondacks to the Catskills and everywhere in between, you’ll find winding rivers, epic vistas, raging waterfalls, and campsites far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you’re a New Yorker looking for your next weekend escape or if you’re planning your first visit, be sure to check out our list and see all the beauty that New York has to offer.

1. Camp at Kittatinny Campground

Photo: Lara Paul

2. Hike the Catskill Mountains' Kaaterskill Falls

Photo: Lucas Gashi

3. Camp at Fire Island’s Watch Hill

Photo: Oliver Jevremov

4. Hike Storm King Mountain

Photo: Michael Martineau

5. Hike the Sugarloaf Mountain and Breakneck Ridge Loop

Photo: Lucas Gashi

6. Explore Smith Woods

Photo: Brian Maley

7. Hike the Appalachian Trail to Anthony’s Nose

Photo: Shaun O’Neil

8. Hike Wright, Algonquin, and Iroquois Mountains

Photo: Lucas Gashi

9. Hike to Watkins Glen's Waterfalls

Photo: Timothy Behuniak

10. Explore Indian Brook Falls

Photo: Shaun O’Neil

11. Swim at Peekamoose Blue Hole

Photo: Lucas Gashi

12. Camp at the Shindagin Hollow Lean-To

Photo: Brian Maley

13. Hike to the Mt. Beacon Fire Tower

Photo: Shaun O’Neil

14. Hike Gertrude’s Nose

Photo: Kelly Phillips

15. Hike Mohonk Preserve’s Gatehouse to Skytop Tower

Photo: Nickolis Irby

16. Scramble Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks

Photo: Michael Martineau

17. Hike to Taughannock Falls

Photo: Shawn Grenninger

18. Climb Outdoors at Dumbo Boulders

Photo: Lara Paul

19. Hike Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs

Photo: Lucas Gashi

20. Hike the Gorge Trail in Letchworth State Park

Photo: Rebecca Nichols

21. Hike to Lake Canopus

Photo: Kastriot Xhakli

22. Camp at Fish Creek Pond

Photo: Rebecca Nichols

23. Backpack Devil’s Path in the Catskills

Photo: Eduardo Gil

24. Climb the Bluffs of Shadmoor State Park

Photo: Lara Paul

25. Hike Dover’s Stone Church

Photo: Shaun O’Neil

Cover photo: Lucas Gashi

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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