Explore the most popular beach trails in New York with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice stroll in the new snow with SCOUT

Hike 2 with Scout

10 days ago

I did a short 1.5 mile walk on the Bird Watching trail this morning. The trail conditions were a little muddy and the cold wind was howling. They must have listened to the comments about trails being poorly marked as I noticed plenty of markers and signs.

very muddy this time of year, almost swamp like but views of Lake Ontario was the payoff.

road biking
13 days ago

Great trail ride in the winter when the weather is nice and

mountain biking
14 days ago

Many of these trails are designated for biking but people still use them for hiking which is slightly annoying but the trails are fast and flowly in many parts. Lotta fun.

15 days ago

Tried to find the path but it was not marked at all. Creepy grounds with graffiti and garbage everywhere.

1/2/19, 23 degrees, blue skies & no snow. I started the first two miles of my hike with a friendly man and his two dogs. Hiked the purple trail and proceeded along the canal. Hit all of the highlights along the way. Covered 8.3 miles and enjoyed every minute of it.

this is super close to me so I am there very frequently, lovely all year. lots of wildlife including the occasional heron! the nature walk is very easy and if you are up for something more challenging there are tons of trails that criss cross all over the mountain. its important to note that during the winter the road to access all camp sites are closed so you have to hike it in! if you are a frequent visitor I would suggest getting an empire pass as well : )

Walk along a paved flat path. So, more of a walk than a “hike”. But, views are spectacular as you walk out into the middle of the Hudson River. One-of-a-kind walk. Nice restaurants in nearby Piermont, NY.

25 days ago

A beautiful walk early on Christmas morning (2018), with great light for photography and a few dozen people enjoying the walk.

29 days ago

The boardwalk is new after hurricane sandy wiped it out. Just be careful if it it wet or snow it can be very slippery in spots. It is well lit at night but bring a flash light just in case

1 month ago

Decent loop trail. Well marked. Beware - when you get to the top of the hill, you stop following the white blazes and you start following the orange blazes.

A few challenging spots- probably because it rained last night and the rocky terrain was covered in slippery wet leaves. Your experience may vary.

A nice short trail, but there is some graffiti and garbage near the beach.

Most days we have seen a few other people walking, but it is not crowded.

Very easy. Conditions are a little icy in spots. Of course we were the only people today

i hiked this trail once this past summer, and twice last summer. it is one of the easier trails.Perfect for beginners - children and adult.

Great Hike with plenty of variety and fantastic views.


Myself and my 12 year old hiked the full loop today. We started at the beach parking. Headed north along the river, took the unmarked trail until it met back with the main trail. That added about 100 ft of Elevation and a bit of fun after about a 1.5 mile walk along the water.

Once you wrap the bend and get to the Knickerbocker Ice Company sign board, that’s when the work starts...

You now start following the green markers throughout. The entire trail is very well marked. The first drop off point is an amazing view, but it gets even better from there. Well worth it.
The descent is pretty kool, some narrow trails along drop offs. It takes you to the white trail, which was very muddy. We ended up taking the street adjacent to the state land and walking the rest of the way back to the parking lot that way. I believe it was because of the rain the day before.

If I were going to do this again, I think I would explore parking elsewhere so we can do more hiking and less walking. I think there are other places to park.
But the 6.1 mile loop was a lot of fun. 3.5 hours, with an 11 year old. Not bad.

Beautiful nature walk. Easy walk around the lake, but the trail was washed out in several spots. We walked through it, but I wouldn’t recommend doing that as it was up mid-calf at some points and a layer of ice on the bottom. We hiked November 25 and my dog had two ticks on home when we got back to the car.

11.24.18. We did this trail with a group of 13 folks of all ages and abilities. They all loved it. Easy but very beautiful walk through the woods and then stunning coastal views and a walk along the beach. Did the whole thing in about an hour and a quarter.

Very enjoyable 2+ mile hike with great views of the ocean from the bluffs and then dropping down onto the beach at Ditch Plains. Take the turnoff and head up to the WWII bunker.....it’s creepy.

2 months ago

beautiful! lots of water falls flowing, trails marked very well, Visitor Center employees super nice and knowledgeable, gave maps n have displays inside!

A variety of terrain, topography and scenery made this a terrific day hike with the wife and the dog. Some stellar views of LI Sound (with Connecticut & Rhode Island in the distance) from atop the rather abrupt bluff edges. Be sure to leash your dog and watch your step; some of these trails literally bottom out after years of exposure to the Northeast elements. We went when it was cold so tick activity was not a factor. But I can see it being as issue when the mercury rises. This 8 mile loop route was just what we needed. I'd definitely do it again.

2 months ago

Great morning for a Cub Scout hike. Trails struck a good balance for all the participants.

2 months ago

We go there everyday

This map is misleading and needs to be updated to account for the inlet caused by Hurricane (Superstorm?) Sandy in 2012. Prior to that, there was a time when you could hike from Fire Island ranger station at Smith Point to Watch Hill. Not anymore. This straight line hike ends 2 miles west of the ranger station. Stay close to the beach to avoid ticks. Lots and lots of ticks. And one piece of obvious advice: don't even try to cut across the new inlet.

my fkin domaine baby

This my place baby. You won't find a more beautiful forest!

2 months ago

Just a gorgeous trail... lots of varied terrain that’s challenging but do-able. Especially beautiful in late May/early June, but gorgeous all season long.

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