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This month marks the 80th anniversary of the #AppalachianTrail, which passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. . With so many access points along its approximate 2,190-mile route, this trail is not only an excellent option for thru-hikers and section-hikers, but also day-hikers and those looking to escape into nature for a few hours. . To honor the Appalachian Trail, we have compiled a list state by state of some of our favorite day hikes along the AT. Check out this list for New York and help us celebrate the legacy and natural wonder of this trail!

Appalachian Trail: New York: Best Day Hikes Map

Very enjoyable trek through the woods...didn't encounter another soul on a cold morning until I hit the junction with the Anthony's Nose trail. Decided to extend the hike about 0.8 miles and take in the views from the aforementioned Anthony's Nose. If time allows this is a must stop...gorgeous views of the Hudson River and Bear Mountain.

I enjoyed the hike. Had to park under Taconic Parkway overpass (hoping I didn’t get towed). Trails were well marked and there was good periodic elevation change. Some nice babbling brooks that were nice to listen to. I’d love to come back in the spring when the foliage comes in but I was able to see a bunch of deer and only one other person on the trail.

Hiked trail in fair weather. easy hike. Planning to hike again on this Friday the 11 for my birthday. Starting to train for Mt Washington hike this summer. Any tips?

Nice views and not so hard trail

Love this trail. Delighted that the new part of the trail near the top is now open. Terrific views. Lots of hikers there today - New Years Day.

Fairly easy trail, no views on main trail. Extra star for taking the Chimney Top trail where the view is at the top.

Rocky course but worth it. The views at the lookout are unbeatable. Very high traffic and dog friendly.

We turned this into an "easy" rated hike by just doing the first half mile or so, going only as far as Fitzgerald Falls and then returning. We parked on the shoulder of Lakes Road at the trailhead and it was an easy, beautiful walk through the snow to the falls.

Rocky terrain, very wet areas, steep hills narrow passageways. Hard but fun!

We took the trail going South. This was harder than anticipated, especially for 1700 feet of elevation gain. The trail was flooded in a few spots and we had to cross a section by taking our shoes off and walking in the freezing December water at Little Dam Lake. Top of ridges was very windy. We had a lot of fun though!

We started on a road just past Bulls Bridge and followed the white AT blazes. Markings were really clear. Great hike up along some interesting rock formations and then to an amazing vista view! There were more people on the trail than we anticipated ... some were backpacking to a campsite farther along the AT.

3-4 parking spots are a couple hundred feet from the trailhead on the same side of the road further away from bear mountain bridge. You can skip out on walking to the trailhead as there is a cut through to the maintrail right from the carpark area.
Steep steps in the beginning for the first .5 mile. But great views on top!

beautiful views from the top, worth the hike. the whole hike, back and forth was about 2.8 miles, and at a comfortable place it should take you less than 2 hours to complete. make sure you have the right shoes, especially when the ground is wet, as I've seen some pretty funny slips and falls from people wearing running sneakers while the ground was covered with snow and mud....so be prepared, and enjoy the views from the top

Challenging but do-able for a 50-something amateur and a 9-year old. There are some great views along the way, notably from Fingerboard Mountain, that are even better once leaves are off the trees. You walk by an interesting old mine, and also two gorgeous wetlands with very tall grasses. A couple of spots where the trail marks could be better (see our notes on our recording to see where those were), and some brief stretches of muddy, wet path. But otherwise: highly recommended

Great hike with great views! Highly recommend it but be prepared for steep rocky portions. I’d say moderate is correct but would not recommend for beginners or people who do not regularly do hikes/hill runs. Took us almost 5 hours at a comfortable pace without breaks and we accidentally kept going after the end of the trail.

Awesome hike. Great way to push yourself and have an amazing end result to a spectacular view

Lots of rain earlier in the week so the falls were pumping. Perfect day, great marking even with all the leaf’s easy to follow trail.

Quick Trail, I always go up to see the view and back down. There are other trails within that I ended up roaming around in with my brother and we ended up on the road

Some good hills and a lot of rocks. Watch your step! Trail is well marked for white blazers.

great trail, good elevation climbs a handful of pretty steep rocky parts although nothing too tough, and definitely not dangerous.

Moderate hike. Gorgeous views.

OK hike. Hard uphill to start. once you make to the blue trail, it becomes very easy. Saw kids on the hike. Views are very nice it and make the hike worth it.

Nice day hike - we continued on to second overlook and then turned around so our mileage was longer. When walking the road from Bull’s Bridge look to the left, you will see a trail marker post with pamphlets etc which will let you know where the trailhead is. Very cool wildflowers, erratics, lichens and an eastern newt.

Beautiful hike, walked to the steel bridge and came back on the AT, which was a nice loop. Great views of the river on the way back.

I changed up the trail and stayed on the AT out to Shenandoah Mountain as an out and back as I did not want to walk a road . It was a beautiful trail. Not many views but still beautiful


First 2 miles of this trail are excellent and very well marked. The views from the beach once you get there are very nice. The walk back to the car on 301W was kind of boring, I would suggest dipping into Pelton Pond as a detour.

Fun little excercise trail. Very well marked. Have to cross a stream at a few different points so bring your waterproof boots.

best during spring, during the summer fitzgerald falls is nothing but a trickle. overall a good hike that ive done several times.

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