The Best Swimming in New York

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

  • Grahamsville, New York

    Swim at Peekamoose Blue Hole

    3.8
    To get there: From Sundown, NY, head 10 miles on Route 42 until you see a large parking area on the right with a sign for the Peekamoose Mountain area. Follow the signs from the parking area to the creek. Swimming Hole Coordinates: (41.9182, -74.4215) You can cool off from NY's warm weather and d...
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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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  • Stony Point, New York

    Camp in Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

    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 beneath a looming granite mountain, while the massive Harriman State Park offers inexhaustible trails...
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  • Moravia, New York

    Hike Carpenter and Angel Falls

    4.0
    3 mi / 450 ft gain
    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. There is a small gravel parking area off to the left with room for about 8 cars. The trailhead beg...
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  • Patchogue, New York

    Camp at Fire Island's Watch Hill

    4.0
    2 mi
    If departing from NYC, catch the early LIRR train from Penn Station (or Atlantic Terminal) towards Patchogue. You may have to transfer at both Jamaica & Babylon, but it's an easy hop across the platform. Trip will take approximately an hour and a half and cost around $15, Off Peak, each way. ...
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  • New Russia, New York

    Explore Split Rock Falls

    5.0
    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 Boquet River. The clear, cold waters of Split Rock Falls cascade through groves of hemlock and spruce, ...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike the Gorge Trail at Buttermilk Falls

    5.0
    1.7 mi / 500 ft gain
    The Gorge Trail starts to the right at the base of the last cascading waterfall you see as you enter the park. From here you begin hiking into the heart of the gorge following Buttermilk Creek to a bridge where you can turn around or continue exploring.The trail features several large cascading f...
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  • Newfield, New York

    Hike Treman State Park

    5.0
    3 mi / -400 ft gain
    Starting in the parking area, choose which direction of the loop to take (all of which will take you to Lucifer Falls). You can choose to do a shorter, 1 - mile loop around the falls, or go further to the lower section of the park (approximately 3 miles).There is also a campground conveniently l...
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  • Wells, New York

    Hike to Auger Falls

    4.0
    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. It's an easy family friendly hike (and that includes furry family, just keep them on leash) that offers some fantas...
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  • Long Lake, New York

    Short Walk to Buttermilk Falls

    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. From the trailhead, you will already hear the sound of rushing water – simply follow the trailhead from North Point Road to the falls! Bring a ...
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  • Lake Placid, New York

    Hike Mount Jo

    4.7
    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. Marcy. The trail to Mt. Jo trailhead is located at the enterance station near the parking lot at t...
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  • Calverton, New York

    Camp at Wildwood State Park

    5.0
    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. The Yellow Trail, a 3.8 mile loop, is a great way to tour the park, with many rest stops along the way. S...
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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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  • Montauk, New York

    Climb the Bluffs of Shadmoor State Park

    1.2 mi / 100 ft gain
    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.Most of the parking lots along the beach require Hamptons residency tags, so you can't park right next to beach entrances... bummer. We typically park along ...
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  • Altamont, New York

    Hike through the Wolf Creek Falls Preserve

    3.0
    3 mi / 200 ft gain
    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. The property crosses the Bozenkill Road at two points on either side of private parcels (with beautiful homes), so be vigilant there; ...
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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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