Park is the largest national park in the lower 48, encompassing more than
6,000 acres. More than 2,000 miles of
trails lead through spectacular landscapes-along forested paths, around
mountain lakes, beside waterfalls and through historic villages. Trails are
ideal for bird watching and spotting local wildlife. The
Adirondack High Peaks trails lead to summits with 360-degree views that
extend as far as the eye can see. Climbing all of the 46 Adirondack High
Peaks is a lofty goal for many hikers.
Built on a former railroad bed, the paved FJ&G
Rail Trail runs from Johnstown to Mayfield along a creek through an
industrial park and across scenic countryside. Grafton Lakes State
park offers 25 miles of trails to hike or bike. Wildlife viewing along bike
routes is popular at Cherry Plain State Park and Schodack Island State Park features
eight miles of multi-use trails. For urban biking, try Troy's Uncle Sam Bike
Trail which runs for 3.1 miles.
Adirondack Mountain Guides
- Located in Keene, they offer rock and ice climbing with certified guides,
as well as paddling and hiking excursions. Certified by American Mountain
Guides Association. Rates depend on the number of climbers in the group.
Wooded and mountain trails throughout the
region are ideal for hiking and biking. Following is a list of places in
In Cambridge, home to the Tour of the
Battenkill, the largest single-day bike race in the world, you can bike along
country lanes and stroll through covered bridges.
Carter Pond in Greenwich is surrounded by
The Fort Edward Feeder Canal Trail is a
seven-mile park ideal for hiking and biking that follows an historic canal
Partridge Run Wildlife
Management Area Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area (WMA) consists of
about 4500 acres of upland and wetland habitat in Berne, Albany County. There
are many options for outdoor recreation including hiking, birding, hunting,
trapping, fishing, snowmobiling, skiing and horseback riding.
Thacher State Park is situated along the Helderberg Escarpment, one of
the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world. With six miles of
limestone cliff-face, rock-strewn slopes, woodland and open fields, the park
provides a marvelous panorama of the Hudson-Mohawk Valleys and the Adirondack
and Green Mountains. There are over 25 miles of trails for summer hiking and
mountain biking, and winter cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and
Pine Bush Preserve:
Located in the heart of the Capital District Region, the Albany Pine
Bush represents one of the best remaining examples of an inland Pine Barrens
ecosystem in the world.. This gently rolling sand plain is home to a great
diversity of rare animals and plants, including 45 wildlife Species of
greatest conservation need in New York State. It also provides visitors with
an assortment of non-motorized recreational opportunities including bird watching,
hiking, jogging, nature study, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain
biking and hunting.
Hundreds of miles of
multi-use trails lead through spectacular landscapes-up mountain paths,
around lakes, beside waterfalls and through historic villages. Climbing the 35 Catskill high peaks
is a lofty goal for many hikers. The 19-mile Catskill Scenic Trail, with a
gentle grade, is ideal for hiking, biking or horseback riding. Trails at Sam's
Point Preserve, on 5,000 acres in the Shawangunk Mountains near Cragsmoor
NY, feature expansive views,
waterfalls and ice caves.
Sundown Wild Forest,
Catskill Park: The 30,100-acre Sundown Wild Forest e, covers a 30,100 acres
in the southeast Catskills in the Sullivan County Town of Neversink and the
Ulster County Towns of Denning, Rochester, Wawarsing and Olive. The area has a varied topography including
several ridge and 10 mountains over 2,000 feet as well as an impressive mix
of natural features - mountains, waterfalls, valleys and rivers - rich with
hiking destinations, trout streams hunting opportunities and snowmobile
trails. Key places to visit in the Wild Forest are the Kanape Valley and
Ashokan High Point, Vernooy Kill Falls, Denman Mountain, Red Hill Fire Tower
and the Peekamoose Valley.
experts can guide you to some of the most beautiful spots:
Catskill Country Walks:
Walks, hikes and camping trips emphasizing the history and ecology of the
Catskills. New York State Licensed Outdoor Guide. Handicap accessible can be
arranged. Hours: by appointment and announced/scheduled public hikes and
tours. Location: Woodstock, NY
Catskill Outback Adventures:
Hiking, snowshoeing, fishing, canoes and kayaks, mountain bikes, rope course
and rappelling, team building. Equipment rentals, lessons and guided trips.
Location: Big Indian, NY
- Peekamoose Adventures:
Peekamoose Adventures is a Catskill Mountain guide service that offers
day hikes year-round throughout the Catskills as well as Wine Tours and
Maple Tours (seasonal, Jan - March). Location: West Shokan, NY
Central New York
Landis Arboretum, a
200-acre garden in Esperance, has hiking trails, concerts and classes. Nature
lovers can take a walk in the tropics at the Joseph Popp Butterfly Conservatory
in Oneonta. Trails on 600 acres at Rogers Environmental Education Center in
Sherburne are ideal for bird watching and hiking.
Allegany State Park: The largest park in
the New York State Park system, Allegany State Park offers miles of paved and
natural trails throughout 65,000 acres for hiking, biking and horseback riding. In winter, eighteen trails covering over 35
miles are ideal for snowmobiling and cross country skiing.
amid towering rock formations at Panama Rocks Scenic Park, or follow meandering trails around 250 monumental sculptures at Griffis Sculpture Park, a 400-acre nature
Alison Wells Ney Trail: Part of the Rails to Trails System, this
trail has a 5 mile segment beginning at Bliss Road that gently descends the
Lake Erie Escarpment, offering vistas of Lake Erie. Location: Mayville, NY
Education Center Nature Trails: Miles of trails meander through 95 acres
of upland forest and open meadows with a small gorge. Other sites operated by
Waterman include Apalachin Marsh (a 50-acre wetland boasting one of the best
birding sites in NY) and Brick Pond (an excellent wildlife-watching site with
beavers, muskrats, waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds)
Treman State Park: Rustic beauty with
breathtaking gorges and winding trails lead past 12 waterfalls and a natural
swimming hole. Location: Ithaca, NY
State Forest: 4,355 acres of dense forest
well suited for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hiking, hunting,
trapping, wildlife viewing and horseback riding. The Auburn-Fleming Trail
follows a two-mile stretch of abandoned railroad bed along a network of
streams and wetlands.
For more information on hiking trails in the
Finger Lakes region please visit www.lovefreshair.com
throughout the region let visitors interact with nature. Niagara Falls State
Park offers guided hiking tours with magnificent views of the falls,
whirlpool rapids and other spectacular sights along the Niagara Gorge.
Letchworth State Park has 66 miles of hiking, biking and cross-country ski
trails around waterfalls and between 600-foot cliffs. Hike along the Erie Canal Recreationway Trail in
Erie, Niagara and Orleans.
of miles of waterside, wooded and mountain trails throughout the region offer
views of stunning landscapes and wildlife such as ducks, beavers, deer and
places for hiking in Hudson Valley include
35-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the region near Bear
Mountain State Park.
Mohonk Preserve in Gardiner has 70 miles of carriage roads and multi-use
trails on 6,500 acres.
on a former railroad bed, the paved 15-mile Harlem Valley Rail Trail begins
at the Metro North Railroad Station in Wassaic and Walkway over the Hudson
Mountain Reservation in Peekskill is now a park with hiking, fishing, and a
nationally known mountain biking center.
Mountain Pine Hill Lake Day Use Area: Lake, swimming, hiking,
boating, rowing/pedal boats and fishing. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day.
L. Wilson Campground and Day Use Area offers hiking, nature
trails, boat rentals, fishing and
launching site as well as tent and RV sites (no electrical hook ups). Located
in Mt. Trember, it is open mid-May - Columbus Day.
Forest State Park comprises
21,935.08 acres of nearly pristine natural refuge, a remarkable piece of
woodland, a watershed for millions, and a tremendous outdoor recreation
area. This unbroken deep-forest habitat is important for the survival of
many resident and migratory species, including black bear, a variety of
hawks and songbirds and many rare invertebrates and plants. Hiking,
fishing and hunting opportunities are available.
experts share the beauty of the region:
- Barry Knight Interpretive Walks: Easy hike to campsite, tower and views of the
Catskill Mountains, Ashokan Reservoir, Mohonk Mountain House, and more.
Year-round. Daily, by appointment.
Location: West Hurley, NY; 845 331-1214.
- Edgewood Consulting & Services:
Customized half or full day private guided hikes and snowshoeing
excursions in Ulster County's popular and scenic areas for individuals,
couples and small groups. Year-round. Location: New Paltz, NY
- Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School:
Rock and ice climbing school and guide service. Instruction at all
levels. Full-service retail tech shop. Year-round. Location: Gardiner,
- Alpine Endeavors: Professional
instruction and custom guided trips: rock climbing, ice climbing,
mountaineering, snowshoeing, hiking, backpacking, in Shawangunk and
Catskill Mountains. AMGA Certified Guides and Accredited Program. All
abilities. Year-round by appointment. Based in Rosendale, NY
- Four Points: Four Points blends outdoor
guiding with therapeutic recreation by connecting all ages and abilities
to nature. Typical outings include hiking, kayaking, canoeing, survival
skills and snowshoeing. Weekends by appointment. Year-round. Location:
West Hurley, NY
- Where the Pavement Ends:
Offering guided hikes and backpacking trips tailored to individual
abilities and interests. Trailhead to trailhead shuttle service. Year-round.
Location: Scarawan, NY
- Storm King Adventure
Tours in Cornwall offers
customized hiking trips in Black Rock Forest and on Storm King Mountain.
- Mountain Skills Climbing Guides
offers guided rock climbing, ice climbing and hiking in the Shawangunk
and Catskill Mountains. Fully insured and A.M.G.A. accredited. Location:
New Paltz, NY
Six hundred pristine
acres on Wellesley Island include miles of scenic shoreline hiking trails.