The Best Photography in New York

Looking for the best photography 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 photography spots in and near New York

  • Cornwall, New York

    Hike Storm King Mountain

    4.5
    2.7 mi / 900 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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  • Haines Falls, New York

    Hike the Catskill Mountains' Kaaterskill Falls

    4.7
    2.6 mi / 527 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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  • Bear Mountain, New York

    Hike the Appalachian Trail to Anthony's Nose

    4.6
    2 mi / 790 ft gain
    Parking for the trail runs along both sides of 9D right up until the Bear Mountain Bridge. It can be busy on the weekends so just make sure you're as far off the road as you can and be especially careful unloading kids and dogs. The trailhead is located at approximately 41.322571, -73.975949 and ...
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  • New York, New York

    High Line

    4.5
    1.47 mi / 26 ft gain
    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. Park hours depend on the season, although it never opens before 7am, so best to go for sunset. Although you may have some company on wa...
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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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  • Dover Plains, New York

    Hike Dover's Stone Church

    4.5
    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 woods. But the gem of the park is, and always will be, the impressive cave with the creek and waterfal...
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  • Trumansburg, New York

    Photograph Taughannock Falls

    4.8
    1.5 mi / 644 ft gain
    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. During the winter, the falls transform the surrounding cliffs into a wall of ice and snow, but in...
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  • Watkins Glen, New York

    Hike to Watkins Glen's Waterfalls

    4.6
    4 mi
    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. Although it is a bit touristy and right off of the road, you'll forget how close to society you are when you see these beautiful waterfalls.Wit...
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  • Brooklyn, New York

    Photograph the Brooklyn Bridge

    4.8
    Escaping the hustle and bustle of the city doesn't always require actually leaving the city. Hanging out next to the East River and focusing on photographing the Brooklyn Bridge can be just what you need to clear your head and get your fix for some outdoors time. This is a great spot to practice ...
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  • Beacon, New York

    Mt. Beacon Fire Tower

    4.8
    4 mi / 1561 ft gain
    Mount Beacon is a very popular trail along the Hudson River, and for good reason. It offers a good workout, fantastic views for both sunrise and sunset (and of course the time in between), a recently rebuilt fire tower, and all with incredibly easy access right on the edge of a lively town. The ...
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  • Cold Spring, New York

    Photograph Indian Brook Falls

    2.8
    This is about as short a walk and as little effort as you can put in for a beautiful waterfall. You can barely call it a hike, but I'll list it as such since you do walk through the woods for 5 minutes. The trail is extremely well built, and is pretty easily accessible through the winter.The trai...
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  • New York, New York

    Watch the Sunset from Top of the Rock

    4.0
    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. You'll have to pay a few bucks ($29 to be exact) and deal with some tourists but you won't regret your decision once you're looking out over one of the most ic...
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  • Gardiner, New York

    Hike Gertrude's Nose

    4.9
    7.5 mi / 1288 ft gain
    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. Round trip, the hike is approximately 5 hours, and is a 7.5 mile trip.To get to the trailhead: Drive to the Minnewaska State Park entrance, pass the m...
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  • Hunt, New York

    Hike the Gorge Trail in Letchworth State Park

    5.0
    7 mi
    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. This trail runs 7 miles from point-to-point passing by three lovely waterfalls. It travels parallel to the main road for the majority of the hike. You can star...
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  • New Paltz, New York

    Hike Mohonk Preserve's Gatehouse to Skytop Tower

    5.0
    9 mi / 1268 ft gain
    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. There will be signs stating you need a membership or pass to enter. Don't worry about these, there will be a place on the trail ...
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  • High Falls, New York

    Scramble Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks

    4.5
    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. For those up to the challenge, it is extremely rewarding at the top.To start, each person has to pay $12 to access the Monhonk Preser...
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