As a region of diverse landscapes, New York State hosts some of the most famous hiking trails in the world. Whether you’re just a beginner or an advanced hiker, this guide will help you plan a perfect hiking trip based on its difficulty and distance.
Climbing the Appalachian Trail is arguably one of the best hiking experiences one can relish. As part of the Appalachian Mountains, the trail is about 3500 km stretching through 14 states between Georgia’s Springer Mountain and Mount Katahdin in Maine. In New York State, the Appalachian Trail extends to nearly 90 miles passing through numerous state parks like Sterling forest State Park and Bear Mountain State Park. Backpackers who’ve experience with cold weather conditions can start the trek in February; however, the ideal time is late April during spring. There are plenty of shelters run by AT volunteers, but if you rather camp along the NY trail, consider using tents that are weather proof and lightweight.
Located within two hours from New York City, the Catskill region offers some fabulous hikes through dense forests, high peaks, and meandering creeks. Since there is limited public transportation, consider renting a car or a motorcycle for an easy commute to Catskill that also offers a broad spectrum of mountain top adventure and riverfront activities. One of the most prominent hikes that have lovely waterfall views in the Catskill region is the Kaaterskill Falls. Long hikes through the Escarpment Trails are worth the effort.
Hiking Mount Marcy, New York State’s highest peak, is on every adventurer’s bucket list. If you prefer the less trodden trail, take the Range Trail instead of the north that offers relatively lesser views. To check out waterfalls with an easy hike, stroll the High Falls Gorge passing through Ausable River. Along the way, you’ll find plenty of New York hotels that are not only budget-friendly but has some great service.
North Country Trail
The North Country Trail is another 7,400 km hiking trail that spans across seven states from New York State’s Crown Point to North Dakota. Though not many climbers thru-hike the entire trail, some are more than happy to find their way at a particular section of the North Country Trail. The NCT offers little something for everyone seeking a winter camping or just a saunter through meadows and vineyards.
Breakneck Ridge Loop
The Breakneck Ridge Loop is only about five miles but the hike can get hectic for first-timers because of its rocky terrain and scrambles. Along the trail, visitors can enjoy picturesque views of the Hudson Valley, and Storm King Mountain across the river. This is an amazing trek for all those hikers who’d like to ditch their cars and escape to the wilderness with the use of public transportation facilities.
The best time to hike is during the tourist season, as many hikers tend to get lost without a map, information guide or buddies. Plus, there is no better way to share your stories than setting up a tent in the wilderness with a bunch of friends.
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