From the rugged terrain of its mountainous upstate region to the shoreline of Long Island, New York State is a prime location for hiking. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned hiking veteran, New York certainly has a trail that you’ll enjoy. The outdoors are calling, and Ollie’s has answered with a list of New York hiking spots worth checking out this summer.
The Best Spots for New York Hiking
Harriman State Park
With 41,618 acres of land to explore, Harriman State Park is the second-largest in New York. Located just 30 miles outside of New York City, Harriman State Park has 31 lakes, several bird conservation areas and 200 miles of hiking trails. Two hundred miles worth of hiking sounds overwhelming, so if you’re considering a hike at Harriman, check out this list of its best hikes.
Letchworth State Park
The gorgeous Letchworth State Park is home to plenty of breathtaking waterfalls. Included in this list of waterfalls is the 215-foot Taughannock Falls, New York State’s highest waterfall. Occasionally referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park offers 66 miles of hiking trails. The Gorge Trail is a must-see for anyone interested in New York hiking. This trail will take hikers to Inspiration Point, which provides a spectacular view of the 107-foot tall Middle Falls.
Allegany State Park
At 65,000 acres, Allegany State Park is the largest in New York State. It boasts 18 trails that add up to 90 miles worth of hiking. The North Country Trail, which is over 4,000 miles long, passes through New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota has a 20-mile section in Allegany State Park. The Black Snake Mountain Trail comes in direct contact with the Pennsylvania state line. There is a concrete marker that indicates the division between the states. The concrete divider is short enough for you to sit on and be in both states at the same time.
Seal Haul Out Trail
Seal Haul Out Trail gets its name from the seals that inhabit it during the late winter and spring. The trail is still worth a visit even if you don’t go during seal season. With diverse plant and animal life, the trail is a charming one, located just outside the beach town of Montauk. The short walk leads you to a viewing area with a wonderful view of the rocky beaches and bluffs.
Located on Shelter Island in between the north and south forks of Long Island, Mashomack Preserve has been dubbed the “Jewel of the Peconic.” With 12 miles of coastline, extensive woodlands, salt marshes and creeks, Mashomack Preserve is a scenic paradise. In order to maintain its pristine plant and animal life, only hiking is allowed at Mashomack. Jogging and bicycling would disturb the picturesque landscape found here. The Mashomack Preserve provides an alternative to the lakes and mountains that typically come to mind when New York hiking is mentioned.
So whether you’re looking for a long trek through the woods or a short walk just outside a beach town, New York State is sure to have a hiking trail fit for your preferences. If you’re in need of transportation to any of these New York hiking trails, call us at a location near you or make a reservation here.