New York has always been a crossroads, and those roads began as hiking trails. Walk in the footsteps of native Americans, European pioneers, Dutch traders and colonial armies on your next outing along the Best Paths in the state.
Thirty miles of Appalachian Trail pass through the Hudson Valley, while 2,000 miles of hiking trails thread over gentle landscapes, sparkling lakes and towering peaks in our Adirondack Park. You’ll never run out of trail along the North Country National Scenic Trail. Once completed, it’ll stretch 3,200 miles from Crown Point, NY to Sakakawea, ND, and 86 miles of it runs through the Allegheny National Forest.
Whether you tackle the 19-mile Catskill Scenic Trail or view the highest cascading falls in the state at Kaaterskill Falls, just a half-mile walk from the road, you’ll see New York the way explorers have for centuries. Visit outfitters like Catskill Outback Adventures or Alpine Endeavors for gear, lessons and guided trips.
Some of the finest New York hiking trails can be found in our State Parks. One of the most famous is Watkins Glen State Park, with 200-foot cliffs and 19 waterfalls along its winding Gorge Trail. Giant Allegany State Park unfurls over 90 miles of hiking trails and naturalist walks, while Sterling Forest leads you through the Ramapo Mountains forest and old Iron Mine Ruins dating from the 1920s. Near Syracuse, Clark Reservation reveals geologic wonders of the last ice age, while John Boyd Thacher State Park, situated along the Helderberg Escarpment near Albany, unveils endless vistas of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys, Adirondacks and Green Mountains of Vermont.
Among the highest rated NY hiking trails by Frommer's Travel Guides are Long Island’s Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island, the 6,000-acre Mohonk Preserve, Lake George’s challenging Black Mountain and, of course, New York State's highest peak, 5,344-foot Mount Marcy.