Best trails in New York

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Trying to find the best New York trails? AllTrails has 3,114 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Keene Valley, New York City or Lake Placid, we've got you covered. If you're looking for great New York state park trails, check out Bear Mountain State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Mount Beacon Park near Beacon or Blydenburgh Park near Smithtown. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 1,545 easy trails in New York ranging from 0.6 to 78.3 miles and from 0 to 3,428 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Cascade Mountain and Porter Mountain via Cascade Mountain Trail
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
Cascade Mountain Trail is a popular hiking trail to access Porter Mountain and Cascade Mountain peaks. The trail is exposed and steep with easy rock scrambles along the way. Hikers will be treated to amazing views and a waterfall on their way up. The summit can be crowded during the summer months. The trail is a popular destination for Lake Placid hikers and ski enthusiasts. Check the weather before going as cold conditions and sudden weather changes are frequent. The trailhead can be reached from Route 73 before reaching Cascade Lakes.Show more
#2 - Bear Mountain
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
Note: The tower is reportedly currently closed as of November 24, 2020. This steep incline up to Bear Mountain summit features incredible views. Please note that the parking lot fills up very fast on the weekends. Please note that the entrance closes periodically due to the storms. Check the park website before going: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/13/details.aspx The loop uses both the Appalachian Trail and the Major Welch Trail. The route can be done in either direction, but many people choose to go counter-clockwise.Show more
#3 - Overlook Mountain Trail
Overlook Mountain Wild Forest
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
As of May, 2020, users have reported that the Fire Tower is currently closed. Please consult the park's website before visiting.Show more
#4 - Breakneck Ridge, Breakneck Bypass, Wilkinson Trail Loop
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
This route is called the "Breakneck Loop" in the park signage. A popular destination for hikers looking to escape NYC, this short and difficult loop trail heads up Breakneck Ridge and winds down Wilkinson Memorial Trail, passing Sugarloaf Mountain on the descent. The trail includes some steep climbs and rock scrambles over ledges. Users have recommended to follow the counter clockwise direction, starting at the southern Breakneck trailhead at the overpass/bridge. Because descending the Breakneck trail can be challenging as it is so steep. There are fantastic views the whole way up! Please note that if you type "Breakneck Ridge" into Google Maps, it will automatically direct you to the back side of the ridge. The trail system cannot be reached this way. Make sure that you are directing yourself to the address on Route 9D in Beacon.Show more
#5 - Indian Head and Rainbow Falls
Adirondack Mountain Reserve
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 5 h 47 m
Note: The bridge that accesses Rainbow Falls is open as of 8/5 as is the East River Trail. ATIS sends a thank you to everyone as they worked hard on rebuilding the 50-year-old piers that were either leaning or crumbling. A great family hike. Park at St Huberts in Keene, follow Lake Rd from Ausable Club to Gill Brook Trail. This pristine trail is dotted with waterfalls and great views. The destination -- Indian Head -- has amazing, iconic Adirondack views. It's a long, but easy hike with no rock hopping or scrambles. Beware that no dogs are allowed and this restriction is strictly enforced. The parking is across the highway from the Roaring Brook access to Giant Mt. and is at the southerly of the two junctions of Rt. 73 and Ausable Rd. (not "Ausable Club Rd.") Beware of the "No Parking" signs along Rt. 73. From the parking area, walk 1/2-mile up the road past a golf course. Just before reaching he large clubhouse, turn left and down between two tennis courts to the gate house and trail register. Show more
#6 - Storm King Mountain via Storm King Trail
Storm King State Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 59 m
This route can be done in both directions. If done clockwise, it begins with some rock scrambling, though children will generally do ok with them. The scrambles are easier to go up than down, so clockwise is recommended. Trails are not always clearly marked at trail junctions, so following the map is recommended. Proper footwear is recommended. The rock scrambles may be difficult for some dogs.Show more
#7 - Bull Hill Full Loop
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
This is what the state refers to as the Full Bull Hill hike. Start at the Little Stony Point parking area just north of Cold Spring, then take the Washburn Trail (white) to the right, following an old road to an abandoned rock quarry, which the trail skirts, leading to a couple of viewpoints to the south. The trail can be rather steep, but it never gets to the point of rock-scrambling. A few minutes after passing the intersection with the Undercliff Trail (yellow), there are a couple of viewpoints (not necessarily easily to see) where you get the New York skyline. Shortly before the top of the mountain, there is a rocky outcrop just to the right of the trail, from which you get an excellent view south along the Hudson River, including the NYC skyline. After crossing the flat top of the mountain, there is another viewpoint to the northwest, from Breakneck Ridge in the foreground to the Catskills in the background. The Washburn trail then starts descending, following an old woods road, until it ends at an intersection with the Nelsonville Trail (green) and the Notch Trail (blue). Turn left onto the latter, which leads you to the valley between Bull Hill and Breakneck Ridge. Turn left onto the Brook Trail (red), although you might want to visit the impressive ruins of the Cornish farm just to the right. At a Y-junction, take the left fork onto the Cornish Trail (blue), which passes the ruins of the main estate house (and greenhouse!), at which point the trail follows the old concrete driveway, at the end of which the trail turns left to parallel NY Rte 9D until you're back to your starting point.Show more
#8 - Mount Marcy via Van Hoevenberg Trail
High Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 15.4 mi • Est. 8 h 11 m
There is a $10 parking fee at the ranger station/booth, please pay even if the station in unoccupied. Mount Marcy peak is the highest point in New York state within the High Peaks Region. This is a challenging hike due to its length. Starting on the Van Hoevenberg Trail from the Adirondack Loj or near Heart Lake, the trail is easy until you reach Marcy Dam. Once you have reached the dam, you begin climbing up rocky terrain, as the trail is mostly boulders, and this persists most of the way from there on. Stop and take a rest by Phelps Brook and Indian Falls to take in some excellent views. You will want to refill water bottles here as there are no streams the rest of the way. The hiking gets harder as you get closer to the summit. The last 1.2 miles is the toughest climb of the hike and the last push is bedrock that feels steeper than it is. However, the payoff from the Mount Marcy Summit is a fantastic view of the Adirondack high peaks, Mont Royal in Montreal, Canada, and the Green Mountains in Vermont all from the highest peak in the state. This is a popular route within the Adirondack Mountains is heavily traveled, well maintained, and very well marked, however it can be rough on weak ankles. Hiking boots with good ankle support are recommended.Show more
#9 - Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain Trail
Slide Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
#10 - South Beacon Mountain via Breakneck Ridge and Wilkinson Memorial Trail
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 4 h 37 m
Note: as of the summer of 2020, Hudson Highlands State Park has indefinitely closed the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain in order to allow recovery from the fire there in 2019. This means that there is no longer any access to the viewpoints at the summit. The Wilkinson Trail has been re-routed appropriately. Breakneck Ridge is a scenic mountain with rocky cliffs along the Hudson River between Beacon and Cold Spring in New York. The parking area is at the Breakneck Ridge Train Station off route 9d and the trailhead can be accessed at the southern end of the lot. This is a great hike for views of the Hudson River and Storm King Mountain across the water. This hike can easily be shortened by turning back earlier, or made into a loop using one of the other trails in the area. Check out the nearby trails for other options!Show more
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