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Best Hiking Trails in New York – USA

Overview

New York State has a lot more to it than just one of the greatest cities in the world.  There are plenty of hiking opportunities, particularly in the Adirondack Mountains and in the Catskill Mountains. The best months to hike in New York are June to September. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in New York.

Capital: Albany

When To Hike in New York – USA?

June – Early October: Driest and warmest period, early October is usually ok and is great for fall foliage
May: In lower elevations, May could be fine.  October could see snow but also early October could be fine
Late October – April: Cold, snow

Climate: Humid continental – warm/hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. 

 

NWS Forecast Office New York, NY

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy – Thousands of miles of well-established trails, with good maps and guidebooks.

Transportation required: Public transit to some; car for most others

Where to stay in New York for hiking:

  • Lake Placid
  • Saranac Lake
  • Woodstock
  • Windham
  • Catskill

Top Places to Hike in New York – USA

The eastern part of this large state is where you’ll find the mountainous areas. In the northeast, the Adirondack Mountains, and in the southeastern, the Catskills. Both areas are popular and there are hundreds of trails to hike. Ninety miles of the Appalachian Trail also goes through New York state. Highest Mountain: Mount Marcy (1629 m) in the Adirondack Mountains.

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Harriman State Park

Hudson Highlands State Park

Shawanguk Mountains

Slide Mountain Wilderness

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness

West Canada Lake Wilderness

Siamese Ponds Wilderness

Hoffman Notch Wilderness

Jay Mountain Wilderness

High Peaks Wilderness

New York – USA's Long Distance Trails

New York – USA's Walking & Hiking Resources

New York Hiking Books: – lots of books

  • Hiking the Adirondacks: A Guide to the Area’s Greatest Hiking Adventures 2nd Edition, by Lisa Densmore Ballard, 2017, Falcon Guides
  • The Trails of the Adirondacks: Hiking America’s Original Wilderness, by Carl Heilman, Neal S. Burdick, Bill McKibben, 2018, published by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. 
  • Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail, Mid-Atlantic: West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, by Matt Willen, 2016, Menasha Ridge Press
  • Hiking New York: A Guide To The State’s Best Hiking Adventures, by Rhonda Ostertag, George Ostertag, 2018, Falcon Guides
  • Hiking the Catskills: A Guide to the Area’s Greatest Hikes, by Randi Minetor, Stacey Freed, 2022, Falcon Guides
  • Five-Star Trails: Finger Lakes and Central New York: Your Guide to the Area’s Most Beautiful Hikes, by Tim Starmer, 2018, AdventureKEEN
  • 50 Hikes in the Lower Hudson Valley (4th Edition) (Explorer’s 50 Hikes), by New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, Daniel Chazin, 2019, Countryman Press

 

New York Hiking Associations/Clubs: – there are many clubs

 

Best Hiking Trails in New York:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official park websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Cascade Mountain – Adirondacks
  • Mount Marcy – Adirondacks
  • Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain Trail – Slide Mountain Wilderness
  • Big Slide Mountain – Adirondacks
  • Algonquin Peak – Adirondacks
  • Slide Mountain Trail – Slide Mountain Wilderness
  • Avalanche Pass – Adirondacks
  • Breakneck Ridge Trail – Hudson Highlands State Park
  • Whiteface Mountain – Adirondacks

Easy Hiking Trails in New York:

  • Watkins Glen State Park Gorge Trail
  • Overlook Mountain – Catskills

 

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What Else To Do

  • Other areas such as Finger Lakes region
  • Niagara Falls
  • Many (other) waterfalls to hike to/visit
  • New York City

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