And as the saying goes, "If you can walk, you can snowshoe." Explore a new winter landscape from Manhattan's waterfront on the Hudson Valley Greenway to the restored canal towpath in the 35-mile-long Old Erie Canal State Park that crosses through the Finger Lakes and Central New York regions. For a more vigorous adventure with breathtaking lake views, trek the mountain trails of Minnewaska State Park Preserve in the Hudson Valley.
Highly maneuverable, snowshoes can take you to places not accessible by ski or snowmobile. Hearty snowshoe enthusiasts head out for overnight backpack trips and alpine climbs in the Catskills and the Adirondacks. Near Lake Champlain, Macomb Reservation State Park offers wilderness snowshoeing.
From Long Island to Chautauqua-Allegheny, state parks and preserves provide a variety of splendid settings for snowshoeing. Many ski centers, like Belleayre Mountain in the Catskills, also have snowshoeing areas. Check out special snowshoeing events at nature centers or hire a New York State-licensed guide who can show you great places to explore and provide valuable pointers to enhance your experience.