New York Nature

New York might be the most explored state in the nation, but there's always more wilderness to discover here. Our vast state park system offers millions of acres of nature. Preserves and nature centers put you in touch with flora and fauna, and every turn of the path reveals new natural wonders.

By land

In the Enchanted Mountains, Rock City Park glitters with towering quartz boulders. Natural Stone Bridge and Caves ParkAdirondack visitors can wonder at Natural Stone Bridge & Caves, Ausable Chasm and High Falls Gorge. Leave some shoe leather behind on 20 miles of year-round trails at Highland Forest, or explore by horseback through mid-autumn.

Rent a horse at places like Ridin-Hy Ranch in Warrensburg and Bennett's Riding Stable near Lake Luzerne. Schodack Island State Park makes ideal birdwatching for bald eagles, cerulean warblers and blue herons.

Cayuga Lake's Taughannock Falls State Park is home to spectacular views of its 215-foot falls-33 feet taller than Niagara. Falling Waters Preserve lets you explore river-hugging rock ledges past picturesque waterfalls. Or follow scenic trails to high peaks and breathtaking views in the Catskill Forest Preserve.

By water

Fall whitewater provides a fast ride at Adirondack River Outfitters through the Black River and Hudson River Gorges past cliffs and waterfalls. Boat the Thousand Islands through quiet waters and countless species of birds, fish and plant life. Kayak Kayaderosseras Creek, canoe the Champlain Canal or cruise the mighty Hudson. A Discovery Wetlands Cruise  from Stony Brook Harbor snakes through an 88-acre wetlands preserve in fall cruises aboard the pontoon boat Discovery. Or crew the legendary Clearwater between NYC and Albany through October as you hoist sails in a hands-on 19th century river cruise.

Nature walks

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Explore Jamestown's Audubon Center along manicured trails on a 600-acre wetland preserve through October. Visit distant lands at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens including a Palm Dome teeming with tropical fruit trees and a Tropical House exotic rainforest. Walk the waters of Brooklyn's New York Aquarium to view 350 species of aquatic wildlife. Four miles of flowered nature trails wind through 150 landscaped acres at Oyster Bay's Planting Fields Arboretum, open year round. Kingston's Forsyth Nature Center offers bird walks, nature hikes and a dozen gardens filled with wildlife. New Yorkers find a stroll through Central Park's stunning fall colors irresistible, and kids can pick up a Woodland Discovery Kit to explore the park's North Woods and Ramble.

Links You May Like:

New York State Parks


Ausable Chasm
Adirondack Horseback Trails
Adirondack River Outfitters
Bennett's Riding Stable
High Falls Gorge
Natural Stone Bridge & Caves
Ridin-Hy Ranch Resort


The Boat House, Schenectady
Grafton Lakes State Park
Huyck Preserve
Schodack Island State Park


Ashokan Center
Catskill Forest Preserve
Minnewaska State Park Preserve


Chittenango Falls State Park
Herkimer Diamond Mines (through October)
Otsego Lake


Allegany State Park
Griffis Sculpture Park
Jamestown's Audubon Center
Lake Erie State Park
Rock City Park


Beaver Lake Nature Center
Chimney Bluffs State Park
Finger Lakes National Forest
Highland Forest
Taughannock Falls State Park
Watkins Glen State Park


Buffalo Botanical Gardens
Golden Hill State Park
Letchworth State Park
Niagara Falls State Park


The Clearwater
Falling Waters Preserve
Forsyth Nature Center
Hudson River Valley Ramble (weekends in September)


Belmont Lake State Park
Discovery Wetlands Cruise
Hither Hills State Park
Jones Beach State Park
Planting Fields Arboretum
Science Museum of Long Island


Central Park NYC
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
New York Aquarium
Wave Hill Garden and Cultural Center


Aqua Zoo Aquarium
Thousand Islands

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