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The Best Kayaking in New York

Looking for the best kayaking in New York? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around New York. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top kayaking spots in and near New York

  • Beacon, New York

    Explore Long Dock and Dennings Point Parks

    4.0
    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. Plenty of parking is available at Long Dock, and its a perfect spot to picnic, launch your kayak into the Hudson, or cast your line hoping to reel in the bi...
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  • Kings Park, New York

    Kayaking the Nissequogue River

    5.0
    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. I really suggest going as high tide is rolling in as there can be some shallow sections along this trip. Head out into the ope...
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  • Keene, New York

    Explore the Cascade Lakes, NY

    4.0
    Just off Route 73, in between Lake Placid and Keene, in the gorgeous Adirondack Mountains sits two of the most beautiful lakes and get this...you can park RIGHT on the bank, open the hatch and chill. Don't pass this one up.There is a little gravel road right off the highway that leads to the midd...
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  • Lake Placid, New York

    Paddle Lake Placid

    Paddleboarding on Lake Placid is definitely and activity to add to your list when up in the Adirondacks during spring or summer. Surrounded by mountains, there are multiple coves you can explore around the lake. There is no set route to follow but circling Buck Island or exploring Paradox Bay are...
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  • Cohoes, New York

    Capture a Sunset at the Colonie Town Park

    5.0
    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. When I cannot get into the woods every day, I go to the Colonie Town Park, just 10 minutes from my hou...
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  • Southampton, New York

    Paddle Peconic Bay

    4.0
    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. you can launch from there and make your way out toward Robins Island. Like most places the water i...
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  • Barryville, New York

    Camp at 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 electricity to sites 3 miles from the main camp. Decide how intense (or not intense) you and your group want ...
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  • Saranac Lake, New York

    Camp at Fish Creek Pond

    4.7
    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. The campsites are ideally located on Fish Creek Pond and Square Pond. The campsite offers a beac...
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  • Hubbardsville, New York

    Paddle The Nine-Mile Swamp

    5.0
    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. This is a great paddle for the whole family.From the Wickwire Road launch, you will be paddling upstream as yo...
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  • Old Forge, New York

    Kayak Camp Section 1 of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

    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. Section One is 43 miles from Old Forge to Long Lake. Camp at primitive sites or one of the several campgrounds along the way. This s...
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  • Long Lake, New York

    Camp along Section 2 of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

    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 42.4 mile journey in the Adirondacks of New York from Long Lake to Saranac Lake.  There are primitive campsites and ...
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  • Haines Falls, New York

    Camp at North Lake Campground

    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.) To visit this campground, there is a fee for a day pass, unless you had just came from another campground in the Catskills li...
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  • Newcomb, New York

    Paddle the 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. Follow this road for 4.3 miles then take a right on Woody's Road. Take this road for 1.5 miles u...
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  • Lake Clear, New York

    Relax at Ampersand Beach

    1.1 mi / 20 ft gain
    Located across from the Ampersand Mountain trailhead on NY Route 3, a trail will take you a short walk (about a half mile) to this beautiful, quiet beach on the shores of Middle Saranac Lake. Starting at the trailhead, you will continue along an unmarked but clear footpath that trails through the...
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  • Speculator, New York

    Paddle the Sacandaga and Kunjamuk Rivers to Elm Lake

    The Sacandaga River is accessed via a hand launch at the Speculator Ball Field Parking Area in the town of Speculator, NY. Follow the Sacandaga River 1.5 miles until you reach Kunjamuk Bay. The Kunjamuk River begins further up the bay to the left.  Approximately 4 miles up river is Elm Lake. Padd...
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  • Ticonderoga, New York

    Hike to Lost Pond

    3.9 mi / 260 ft gain
    From the parking area, follow the trail from the back of the parking area. Very quickly you will hike up to a trail register. The trail is mostly flat with a few inclines and is very well beaten. There are also yellow plastic trail markers to keep you on track. After 1.4 miles you'll reach the ju...
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