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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!

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Hiked on 9/29. Amazing, not too strenuous, short hike with one of the best views above the Hudson.

pretty good hike with a nice view of the bear mountain bridge and the Hudson river

Very scenic trail and great for a long walk.
Not hard at all.

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27 days ago

Difficult but manageable

Loved this hike...so serene hiking along the Housatonic river. The day I was there the Falls at Bulls Bridge were frozen over with ice...gorgeous one lane covered Bridge. The hike up Ten Mile Hill was pretty easy with just enough incline to hey your heart rate up.

Nice overnight spike camp experience

Great hike along Greenwood Lake. The trail can be slick on the ridge if there’s snow-cover; crossings can be icy from previously melted snow (bring micro spikes just-in-case). Good views of the lake throughout the trail and decent for a day hike.

Had a few hours in the afternoon and decided to do a little 4 mile in and out on this tiny sliver of the Appalachian trail. It was super nice out (Jan 20th), mid 40s and sunny. The trail was definitely a moderate but with a slight uptick today since it was slippery and wet due to the melting snow.

Beautiful and well maintained trail; The 300 + stone steps at the beginning can be hard on knees for older folks and non hikers. A 15 minutes walk around the lake to warm up before starting the hike will help. The view from the Perkin Tower & history of the Palisades park portrayed in the tower is well worth the efforts.

we took this trail based on the “easy” rating because we weren’t really prepared to hike but wanted to do something outdoors. maybe it’s because we weren’t dressed appropriately but I would have ranked this more as a “moderate” trail. the trail was high, there was quite a bit of climbing and walking along the edge of some cliffs/hills, and there was some scrambling. it was disappointing that we could barely see the lake through most of the hike, and to complete the loop we had to walk several miles back up rte 301 which was busy with traffic. wouldn’t bring a dog or kids for this reason. had a good time, but wouldn’t take this route again.

Well marked trail with a longer less steep option along the AT plus a steeper shorter option behind old bear mountain bridge house.

Began this hike from route 22 and explored some of the trails in the Pawling Nature reserve. Saw at least a half a dozen pileated woodpeckers. Morning well spent

The short hike to the nose from 9d and back is to be
avoided on the weekend - to crowded or go very early .
Wonderful articulated view

This is a great hike. If you start at the Camp Smith Toll House and hike North, you'll cover ~5 miles by the time you reach the junction at the AT. Great views, but you'll catch crowds at the Nose because it's a popular destination. Some of the "quieter" views can be taken in south of the Nose (closer to Camp Smith).

This is a nice trail with a few views now that the leaves are off the trees. Also added a part of CT Trail and that view is worth it.

Earned my bird by hitting it before sun-up and doing it North to South and back. The entire woods East of the trail is roped off, literally, by the military amd posted with signs threatening arrest, live fire or unexploded ordnance. The views to the west are unparalelled in the Hudson Valley. The trail has three ascents and descents back to the road so it feels longer than it is. From Anthony's Nose to the south, the road is pretty much never out of earshot and, given the Thanksgiving holiday, the trial was well-populated.

Great place. A nice little climb. Well maintained

Great views and some rock scrambling along the ridge line. good times.

Incredible view.. worth every step

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