Get back to nature. The Appalachian Trail, America's great East Coast trail spanning 14 states, winds through New York's beautiful Hudson Valley. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the valley overlooks along the North Country National Scenic Trail that crosses 3,200 miles of pristine wilderness from Crown Point, NY to Sakakawea, ND. And for hikes at every level, head north where lush valleys, sparkling lakes and towering granite peaks thread through Adirondack Park.
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. To make the most of your hike, visit Catskill Outback Adventures or Alpine Endeavors for gear, lessons and guided trips.
Hiking Clubs provide plenty of company on your journey. Check out the Adirondack Mountain Club, one of the largest outdoor clubs with local chapters throughout the state. Top ranked NY hiking trails include Long Island's Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island, the 6,000-acre Mohonk Preserve and, of course, New York State's highest peak, 5,344-foot Mount Marcy.
Explore Watkins Glen State Park that is home to 200-foot cliffs, 19 waterfalls and the winding Gorge Trail. Hikers love Allegany State Park for it's enchanted mountains and Sterling Forest for its peaceful trails 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 beyond.
Go explore and fall in love with New York outdoors!