Explore Appalachian Trail: New York: Best Day Hikes - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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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Very nice work out with exquisite climbing portions and wonderful views

Trail is nice, well maintained, and not heavily trafficked at all. We did the loop as a two-day one-night hike. The trails are well marked, but if you're not paying attention you will wind up missing turns, as we did. Thankfully if you get off the correct trail, you're probably still on a trail, just not the one you want to be on. Course corrections are easy because of that.

Since we missed a turn, we wound up approaching Silver Lake Mine from the southeast, not the northwest as we had anticipated. Something to note that we missed since we came in from the south, there is a picnic shelter, a drink vending machine, and restrooms at the northwest tip of the lake, just where the trail enters / exits the parking lot at Silver Mine Lake. If you want a cold drink bring a couple of dollars, and if you want a place to use the restroom without digging a hole, you're covered in that respect too!

Amazing views of the Hudson River valley and Bear Mountain

There is no parking at the head of trail. I parked 0.4 miles up, right at the underpass of the TSP and started there.

One our go to trails. Love it. Must get there early.

Did this hike on a Friday morning in June, but instead of taking the yellow trail cutoff I took the longer red loop all the way around. Lots of shady woodland hiking, lots and lots of deer, and the trail was a wee bit overgrown in places. You cross the Appalachian Trail at two places and follow it for a short time. There are unfortunately no real views until you get back to Quaker Lake Road and walk alongside the lake back to the parking area. Good vigorous 4 mile hike with some good elevation at the beginning, then mostly leveling out. Wooden plank walkways in a few places, with one especially nice one just as you empty out onto Quaker Lake Road. There is a blue trail spur off to the side of the red trail that I did not have time to check out.

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12 days ago

The Hudson Valley is an incredible place, you have to visit here. We had four young kids with us and they all did great.. Awesome view of the valley. Check out my full write up which includes directions and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/anthonysnose

Hiked up on Memorial Day w my wife & 2 small dogs . Fun rock scrambles and a steep start.

Good close by trail. Good variety of terrain.

Been a while ago, but will be back! loved the hike!

WONDERFUL hike, need to come back and complete, just did 4 hours round trip, nice challenge , my legs are definitely taking to me! Lol

Loved this trail. Lots of steep ups and downs. Continue past Anthony’s nose for the full effect!

Nice hike with pretty views at Anthony’s nose. Steep section in the beginning but flattens out after the first uphills. I continued on past the nose just to add some distance, and there were some more views going down.

Beautiful view from the top!

Great one day trail with amazing views and a bit of the challenge for your legs.

Great for hiking, beautiful view.

Awesome views, unbelievable hike experience, loved it.

The trail is a nice trail, but far from easy. I took my two daughters and there were a lot of steep areas, some areas were narrow and one could fall off the edge of you slip. It was definitely stressful. This trail needs to be labeled properly.

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2 months ago

This was a nice trail. We took the yellow to white to red. The yellow trail was a nice change of pace from the regular trails with the random history and questions about identifying trees. The white trail (Appalachian trail) was a little confusing and trail markers were not as clear or obviously placed, it may have been due to the crazy winter and a lot of down trees but the hike was nice and more intense then the yellow and red. The red trail was nice as well but it ended on the road and the walk back to the car on the road was blahhhhhhh I would only go back if I can find a different path to try and avoid taking the road back. Oh and a big point, at least it was for me, as I picked this place based off of the lake.... you at NO point get close enough to the lake to even feel like this trail surrounds a lake. So if you go there just know that you will not have a “lake view”. :)

Great trail. Not great for running but some decent stretches to open up.

Hiked from Rt. 22 up to where the Appalachian Trail met the red trail. Pretty tough climb in the snow, but very difficult to figure out where the red trail continued when I got to the top. Decided to turn around and come back. I’ll have to return when the weather is better to do the lake loop from Quaker Lake Road. The section of the AT I hiked was nice but no real views or outstanding features. Crosses some farmland at the beginning, and you’ll have to scale a few ladders over fences before you get to the Nature Reserve trailhead.

very nice and peaceful walk, not really hike, along the river. the river views were amazing

Micro-spikes were very helpful, as snow was packed down and frozen into ice. Nice hike, saw 4 or 5 people out with dogs, most weren’t leashed. Lovely views.

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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4 months ago

Difficult but manageable

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