High Falls, New York

Top Spots in and near High Falls

  • Beacon, New York

    Sugarloaf Mountain via Wilkinson Memorial Trail

    5.0
    2.15 mi / 820 ft gain
    Trail is currently closed. Get updates at parks.ny.gov.  Sugarloaf Mountain is part of the Hudson Highlands State Park, along with Breakneck Ridge, Bull Hill, and Mt Beacon. Though the views are just as impressive as its sister trails, it is never as crowded and it's one of my favorite spots in ...
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  • Beacon, New York

    Sunset Point - South Beacon Mountain Loop

    4.0
    8.92 mi / 2470 ft gain
    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.  It is well maintained and plenty of markers to guide your way.  This is important because there are m...
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  • Cold Spring, New York

    Sugarloaf Mountain and Breakneck Ridge Loop

    4.7
    4.33 mi / 1562 ft gain
    The Breakneck Ridge to Sugar Loaf Loop gives rise to various bypasses that offer hikers moderate to advanced terrain and multiple rock scrambles. The loop entails a total elevation gain of 1,670 feet and a total distance of 5.5 miles. The start of the trail begins at the (white blazes) at the no...
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  • Cold Spring, New York

    Breakneck Ridge Loop

    5.0
    5.91 mi / 1526 ft gain
    This short but steep loop hike in Hudson Highlands State Park offers multiple panoramic views of the Hudson River along the way. Please note that only experienced hikers should attempt this route – although the hike seems short, the elevation gain and steep rocky scrambles offer serious technical...
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  • Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

    Hike the Stillman - Bluebird Loop

    5.4 mi / 1200 ft gain
    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.  After about a half mile, the Stillman Trail (yellow markers) breaks of to the left.  However, stay ...
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  • Cornwall, New York

    Hike the North Point Loop

    6.5 mi / 1400 ft gain
    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.  From the parking lot, start on the connector trail designated with white markers.  Follow this for about ...
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  • Cornwall, New York

    Storm King Mountain Loop

    4.5
    2.44 mi / 400 ft gain
    This is an easy, yet very rewarding hike with a lot of viewpoints on the way up. Technically you scale up two mountains, Butter Hill and Storm King, but most people just describe it as Storm King Mountain. This is a great hike for families with younger kids, those who don't have much time but wan...
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  • New Windsor, New York

    Hike Jessup/West Ridge Loop via the Sweet Clover Trail

    10 mi / 1700 ft gain
    Schunnemunk Mountain State Park is one of my favorite parks.  It offers many trails and possibilities for different loops.  The attraction of Schunnemunk Mountain is the long double ridges running parallel to each other and amazing views in all directions.This hike starts at the Taylor Road parki...
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  • Cold Spring, New York

    Hike the Washburn/Nelsonville/Undercliff Loop

    7.2 mi / 2000 ft gain
    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.  Nearly on the Hudson River, the trail ascends immediately along a well maintained road designated by white disc markers.  Aft...
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  • Cold Spring, New York

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

    8 mi / 1500 ft gain
    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.  The Cornish Trail is on the left and there is an obvious sign at the trail split a few feet from the parking area.  The Cornish Trail is an old road from about...
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  • Cold Spring, New York

    Mt. Taurus (Bull Hill)

    4.5
    3.52 mi / 1375 ft gain
    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. It snakes along the edge of an old quarry that is just now being retaken by nature and provides lookouts towards the Hudson, other near...
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  • Haines Falls, New York

    Fawns Leap

    2.7
    Please be respectful if visiting this local swimming hole. Pack out what you pack in, carry out others' trash, and familiarize yourself with Leave No Trace principles.  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...
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  • Cold Spring, New York

    Kayak the Hudson River in Cold Spring

    North of New York City by 90 minutes lies the town of Cold Spring in the Hudson Valley. Cold Spring has a hometown quality with a Main Street, a firehouse, and art galleries of local artists. Despite its proximity to NYC, locals maintain a slower pace and enjoy many outdoor activities. Just a sho...
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  • Stanfordville, New York

    Explore Wethersfield Estate & Gardens

    The Wethersfield Estate is a beautiful estate and property located less than 2 hours north of New York City. The gardens are expansive and extremely beautiful, open to the public each day from noon to 5pm (COVID-19 hours). Additionally, there are trails for horseback rides, carriage rides, dog-wa...
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  • Haines Falls, New York

    Kaaterskill Falls

    4.5
    2.57 mi / 719 ft gain
    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. Hike along the trail, hugging Spruce Creek all the way to the falls. If you hike in the spring, the creek and the falls will be ra...
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Layman's Monument and Kaaterskill Falls

    3.05 mi / 892 ft gain
    Layman's Monument and Kaaterskill Falls is an out-and-back trail that takes you to one of New York's tallest waterfalls at 231 feet and to the historical monument for Frank D. Layman, who passed away in 1990 while fighting a forest fire. This trail is located near Haines Falls, New York.
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