Hiking trails in New York

The kids may be back in school, but that doesn’t mean all travel has to stop. There are plenty of weekends of great weather left and the fall colors are a wonderful reason to go out as a family to explore the Great Outdoors. For any of you living in or around New York City and want to escape the city to see the fall colors here are some hiking trails in New York that are just outside your back door.

Closest to NYC

Those of you looking for a break from the concrete jungle can escape to visit the fall colors on a quick train or car ride.

  •         Harriman State Park has over 200 miles of hiking trails, as well as 31 lakes and three beaches. The Silver Mine Lake Trail reaches the top of Black Mountain, which offers stunning views of the park’s fall foliage on a backdrop of NYC’s skyline, just 30 miles south.
  •         Breakneck Ridge is accessible via the Metro North to Cold Spring, only 1 hour and 15 minutes from NYC. The steep trail offers a colorful view of the Hudson River and surrounding wooded areas in Hudson Highlands State Park.
Nearby after-hike drinks

Combine two of New York State’s greatest attractions – its scenic fall foliage, and its craft beers!

  • You can spend an entire day at the Briarcliff-Peekskill Trail. See the Croton Dam Spillway (the second-largest hand-hewn stone structure in the world, second to the Giza Pyramids in Egypt) and its waterfall; get a birds-eye view of NY State’s prime fall foliage from Spitzenberg Mountain; or enjoy a leisurely stroll along 12 miles of linear park. Whatever you do, make sure to stop by Peekskill Brewery on the way home!
  • Adirondack Park’s 2,000+ miles of hiking trails mean several ways to work up a sweat (and a thirst). For serious hikers, the 46 peaks that make up the Adirondack High Peaks each offer a unique and strenuous hiking experience with unmatched 4,000-foot views. Or, take an easy one-mile route up Mount Arab near Tupper Lake to find thick fall foliage, a fire tower and a museum highlighting the rich history of the area. Either way, follow it up with a brew at Big Tupper Brewing and Lake Placid Pub & Brewery.
Fun for the whole family

Call the grandparents and grab the tech-obsessed teens. It’s time to get some fresh air and go out and enjoy the real world!

  • Letchworth State Park, also known as the Grand Canyon of the East, this14,350 acre park is home to 66 miles of hiking trails and an abundance of changing leaves. The outdoorsy family members can explore 600-feet tall gorges while those who prefer the indoors will find plenty to learn at William Pryor Letchworth Museum. 
  • The Niagara Gorge Trail System parallels the Niagara River Gorge and ranges from easy walking at the top of the system to challenging hiking/bouldering in the gorge itself. Whichever difficulty level you pursue, the Gorge is a beautiful setting to admire the reds, oranges and yellows of Western NY this fall.

Andrea Fellman is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Twist Travel Magazine. She is a stylish nomad and expat mom living in Barcelona with her husband, two kids and a dog! She blogs about family travel, expat life, and her online business adventures at Wanderlust Living.

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