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Where to Hike Trails in the New York Metro Area

Where to Hike Trails in the New York Metro Area

These trails and nature preserves will provide the whole family with exercise and a much-needed breath of fresh air!


UPDATED JULY 2020: Hiking is a great way to get out and enjoy the fresh air while remaining socially distant! Always call ahead to make sure trails are open, but this is what we know about the status of hiking trails around the New York metro area in the time of coronavirus.

If you'd like to spend time in the outdoors this summer, try hiking in one of the many great parks in the area. Even very young children can experience health benefits from hiking, which is a great cardio workout that allows you to burn more calories than walking without the pounding impact from running.

"Hiking shows kids that exercise can be fun and that the wilderness can be more exciting than video games," says Kevin Rosenberg, founder of the formally Brooklyn-based Gear to Go Outfitters, a full service outfitter that offers backpacking, hiking, camping, and other gear, including apparel and footwear, for sale or rent. 

Parents should double-check all of their equipment and make sure everyone is dressed properly. During the fall, children may need to dress in layers while still wearing a hat and sunscreen to protect themselves from burns.

Parents should bring a small first-aid kit in their backpacks with bandages, antibiotic cream, insect repellant, and any prescription medicines their children may need—like EpiPens or inhalers—because first aid may not be readily available on the trail.

Families must be careful to go at a pace that's comfortable for everyone. You should also plan to make a trek that isn't too long for the least experienced member of your group. When choosing a path, pick a clearly marked trail and avoid getting separated from your children. Rosenberg suggests parents use a lanyard or accessory cord to attach a whistle to their child's belt. Once they've attached the whistle, instruct children to blow their whistles several times if they're ever in a dangerous situation or get lost.

Once families take the proper precautions, they can find a great hiking experience without journeying too far. The Catskills and Hudson Valley have magnificent hikes for children, says Rosenberg. And you can turn your hiking outing into an overnight or weekend camping trip if you're up for a little outdoor adventure.

"There are countless options when you choose to go hiking near the city. One I recommend with children is Anthony's Nose [in Westchester County]," Rosenberg offers. "It's about an hour north of the city and boasts incredible views of the Hudson Highlands."

Hiking Trails in NYC

Greenbelt
700 Rockland Ave., Staten Island
718-351-3450
Various trails of varying difficulty that are all great for families

Hiking Trails in Rockland County

Bear Mountain
Palisades Parkway, Route 9W, 7 Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain
(845) 786-2701
More than 250 miles of hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing trails 

Blauvelt State Park
Highland Avenue, Greenbush Road, Blauvelt
(845) 359-0544
Features 590 acres of undeveloped park land 

Buttermilk Falls: All of the trails are still open but using a one-way system to keep people distant. For example, you'd have to go up the mountain using the Rim trail and down with the Gorge trail.
199 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack
(607) 273-5761
The highlight of the 75-acre park is Buttermilk Falls, of which visitors can hike to the top. 

Clausland Mountain Park
10 Nike Lane, Upper Grandview
845-364-2670
This 532-acre park has scenic overlooks

Dater Mountain Nature Park: County parks (except for Flat Rock Park and Hillburn) are open for walking, hiking, and use of grassy areas with groups of 10 or less. Fishing piers, dog runs, and boats are open. Playgrounds, pavilions, restrooms remain closed.  ?
Johnsontown Road, Sloatsburg
(845) 364-2670
The highest elevation offers a view of the Village of Tuxedo, The New York State Thruway, and Orange County.

Demarest Kill Park
57 New Hempstead Road, New City
(845) 364-2670
The 30 acres of heavily wooded land includes a pond, which is stocked annually with Brown Trout.

Eleanor Burlingham Memorial Park
25 Municipal Plaza, Sloatsburg
(845) 364-2670
Features Ramapo River, one of the few canoeable rivers in the metropolitan area

Hook Mountain State Park
Upper Nyack
(845) 268-3020
A bike path runs from Haverstraw Beach State Park to Nyack Beach State Park.

Monsey Glen Park
140 Saddle River Road, Monsey
(845) 364-2670
The hiking trail passes several sandstone Native American caves in which numerous artifacts have been discovered.

Mountainview Nature Park
2 Strawberry Hill Lane, Central Nyack
(845) 364-2670
Scenic views including one of the Tappan Zee Bridge

Nyack Beach State Park: Parking in some lots will be restricted.
698 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack
(845) 358-1316
Features 61 acres of waterfront along the Hudson River

Samuel G. Fisher Mount Ivy Environmental Park
75 Firemens Memorial Drive, Pomona
(845) 364-2670
Hiking along the abandoned railroad bed 

Stony Point Battlefield
Park Road off Route 9W, Stony Point
(845) 786-2521
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-5p; Sunday, 12pm-5pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. The museum, living history camp, and lighthouse will remain closed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tallman Mountain State Park
Route 9W, Palisades
(845) 359-0544
Picnic areas are open, but with a reduced number of tables. All park restrooms are closed. Picnic blankets are allowed, but please keep at least 10 feet away from other picnickers.

Pine Meadow Lake
Pine Meadow Lake, Ramapo
This hike is a 4.5-mile round trip from the Reeves Meadow Visitor’s Center to the lake and back.

Pine Swamp Mine/Loop
(Also in Orange County) Harriman State Park, Ramapo
This 2.8-mile trail is a moderate hike that has scenic views of nearby Bear Mountain.  

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Hiking Trails in Orange County

Storm King 
1 Museum Road, New Windsor 
info@stormkingartcenter.org  
One of the largest outdoor museums in the country, Storm King features beautiful, gigantic art exhibits that complements the region’s natural beauty. 

The Black Rock Forest 
65 Reservoir Road, Cornwall 
(845) 534-4517
Along with being used for studying nature, the 3,914-acre forest features great trails for hiking, observing nature, and witnessing a historic site in action. 

Hiking Trails in Westchester County

Beaver Dam Sanctuary Park
135 Beaver Dam Road, Katonah
(914) 666-7004
Walking trails and natural areas, as well as a dog par open to foot traffic.

Blue Mountain
435 Welcher Ave., Peekskill
(914)  862-5275
Public outdoor areas, recreational trails and the Sportsman Center are open. The trail lodge, playground, and grills are closed until further notice.

Choate Sanctuary
Crow Hill Road, Mount Kisco
(914) 666-6503
Trails are open dawn to dusk.

Croton Gorge Park
35 Yorktown Road, Croton-on-Hudson
Visitors are able to hike across a large waterfall.
(914) 827-9568
Park closed on Saturdays and Sundays in conjunction with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Parking lots may close intermittently on high-volume days. Playground and grilling areas closed until further notice, bathrooms are open.    

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights
All of the trails are open, playgrounds are open, grills are available.

George's Island Park
Dutch Street, Montrose
(914) 737-7530
White trail and blue trail are open. Bathrooms and grilling are closed.

Graff Sanctuary
Furnace Dock Road, Cortlandt Manor
(914) 666-6503
Trails are all open as usual, dawn to dusk.

Hudson Highlands Gateway Park
Doris Lee Drive, Cortlandt
(914) 734-1050.
Hiking trails and parks are open, masks and social distancing required. The parks have bathrooms, but the hiking trails don’t. The 352-acre park was formerly a Revolutionary War lookout site. 

Kensico Dam Plaza
1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla
(914) 231-4033
To promote social distancing, one-way traffic is in place on paths and trails. Parking lots may close intermittently on high-volume days.

Mountain Lakes Park
201 Hawley Road, North Salem
(914) 864-7312
Lean-to and tent camping only, rentals available beginning Saturday, June 27. Limited availability due to social distancing protocols. Cabins, cottages, and yurts unavailable until further notice.     

Saxon Woods Park
1800 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains
(914) 995-4480
Park passes available Monday through Sunday (except holidays), 10am-4pm with social distancing protocols (Westchester residents only). Playgrounds, ballfields, pavilions, and grills all closed until further notice.

Tibbetts Brook Park
355 Midland Ave., Yonkers
(914) 231-2865 
Park passes available Monday through Sunday (except holidays), 10am-4pm with social distancing protocols (Westchester residents only). Playgrounds, ballfields, tennis courts, pavilions, and grills all closed until further notice.

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Route 121, Cross River, NY
(914) 864-7317
Lean-to and tent camping rentals available beginning Saturday, June 27. Limited availability due to social distancing protocols, and continuing construction of Lean-to areas. Trailside Nature Museum, park pass office, and grills unavailable until further notice.

Westmoreland Sanctuary
260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco
(914) 666-8448
Trail system and parking lot are open, while museums are still closed until further notice.

Anthony’s Nose 
171-143 Bear Mountain Beacon-Highway, Garrison
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Alternative Address - Intersection of Route 9D and Route 202
This iconic trail emulates a giant staircase as you hike up towards Anthony’s Nose lookout.

Hiking Trails in Columbia County

Bish Bash Falls
109 State Route 344, Copake Falls
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This beautiful trail, with parking lots in both Massachusetts and New York, has several trail options for adventurous hikers looking for a challenge and those hikers just looking for an easy stroll. 

Greenport Conservation Area 
319 Joshen Boulevard, Greenport 
(518) 392-5252 (Columbia Land Conservancy Phone Number)
This a 736-acre site with about 7-miles worth of easy-to-moderately difficult trails. The area has great views of the Hudson River and Catskills. 

Olana State Historic Site 
5720 State Route 9G, Hudson 
(518) 828-1872
The 250-acre landscape of the park that provides amazing views along with tours of the historic Frederic Church. 

(Louis A.) Swyer Preserve 
1599 State Highway 9J, Stuyvesant
Take a walk down the Swyer Preserve’s Boardwalk and witness the area’s freshwater tidal swamp, freshwater tidal marsh, and freshwater intertidal mudflats. 
NOTE: this preserve is CLOSED because of COVID-19 until further notice

Hiking Trails in Ulster County

Black Creek Forest Preserve 
Winding Brook Road, Esopus
(845) 473-4440 (for Scenic Hudson)
This is a family-friendly, fun hike that features a suspension bridge and an up close look at the Hudson River shoreline. Dog friendly! 

Cope’s Lookout and Mohonk Lake 
1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz
(845) 255-1000
You must make reservations online to view the gorgeous trails along Mohonk Lake and the views from Cope’s Lookout. Masks required on the premises. 

The Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze
1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz
If you want a bit of a challenge, push yourself to maneuver the tight rock area that is the Lemon Squeeze. The Labyrinth is a maze of rocks that will bring out the best in any hiker. 

Millbrook Mountain 
3197 Route 44/55, Gardiner (Mohonk Preserve Visitor’s center, close to both entrances to the trail) 
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This is a great trail for those wanting more of a challenge. The 7.6-mile loop is a gorgeous hike with a myriad of great New York State views. 

Mohonk Preserve and Bonticou Crag 
1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz 
(845) 255-0919 (Mohonk Preserve Number) 
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This is a rocky, engaging trail that provides fantastic views of New York and a fun challenge while taking in views of the Catskills and the Shawangunks. 



Sam’s Point and Verkeerderkill Falls 
400 Sams Point Road, Cragsmoor
(201) 512-9348 (NY NJ Trail Conference Number) 
This trail features one to the largest waterfall in the Shawangunks, Verkeerderkill Falls. The trail also features 7.4 miles of trails to wander and the route is dog friendly.  

Vernooy Kill Falls (Sundown Wild Forest) 
Upper Cherrytown Road, Kerhonkson (Take Route 209 to Cherrytown Road to Upper Cherrytwon Road)
(845) 256-3000 (Department of Environmental Conservation Region 3 New Paltz Office)
The section of Sundown Wild Forest features a 11.2-mile trail with the gorgeous Upper Falls. Below the falls is the stone wall that used to be the “Cornelius” Vernooy Mill Complex, to which the section gets its name. 

Hiking Trails in Greene County

Cohotate Preserve 
Route 385,Town of Athens 
(518) 622-3620 (Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District Number) 
The trail is a great place to hike and view a wide variety of species, from bald eagles to blue herons.

Hiking Trails in Putnam County

Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary
127 Warren Landing Road
(845) 265-2601 
An Audubon New York Important Bird Area, the trails feature many species of birds to watch along with gorgeous views of the marshes in Putnam County in a brief, approximately one-mile trail.

Denning Hill
Philipstown 
A great viewpoint to overview the New York State landscape along the Appalachian Trail.

Lost Pond at Manitoga Preserve 
584 9D, Garrison (Public Entrance) 
(845) 424-3812 
The Lost Pond Trail is a 1.5-mile, moderate loop at the larger park. The trail has access to three viewpoints while also connecting to the Osborn Loop and the Appalachian Trail. 

Ninham Mountain 
Town of Kent OR Gipsey Trail Road, Carmel Hamlet
(845) 256-3076 
The trail provides a wide variety of activities, from hiking and biking to fishing and horseback riding. 

Hiking Trails in Dutchess County

Hudson River at Staatsburgh Mills Mansion Park
75 Mills Mansion Drive Number 1, Staatsburg
(845) 889-8851 
The site is home to an iconic house from America’s Gilded Age. Now, the site is great for tours of the Staatsburgh Mansion and also hiking along the Hudson River.

Pawling Nature Reserve 
20-66 Quaker Lake Road, Pawling 
(518) 690-7878 (New York State Conservancy phone number) 
The park features an assortment of nature communities, Hammersley Ridge, and great views of the Great Swamp and Harlem Valley 

Poet’s Walk Romantic Landscape Park
776 River Road, Red Hook
(845) 473-4440 (Scenic Hudson number) 
Named after poets like Washington Irving who walked the same paths, the 120-acre scenic park features a wide variety of inspirational scenic views. 

Rudd Pond Area (in Taconic State Park) 
59 Rudd Drive, Millerton
(518) 789-3059  
This is a gorgeous spot to camp along the 62-acre pond. While you’re there, take a hike along the 16-mile Taconic State Park or enjoy kayaking, canoeing, or swimming in the pond. (NOTE: you have to bring your own canoe. You can rent a row boat or canoe from the park)

Schaghticoke Mountain 
Near Dover
Connecticut Address - Schaghticoke Road, Kent 
The mountain straddles the border between Connecticut and New York. The mountain is a great place to go on a hike and view a portion of the Appalachian trail. 

Thompson Pond 
261 Lake Road, Pine Plains 
(212) 997-1880 (Nature Conservancy NY Number) 
At the base of the Stissing Mountain, the pond is a great area to hike and view the wonderful wildlife surrounding the pond, cattail marsh, swamp and upland forest.  (NOTE: This trail is currently under construction).

Tivoli Bays 
Cruger Island Road, Tivoli
(845) 256-3000 (Department of Environmental Conservation Region 3 New Paltz Office)
The site has two large sites at the East Shore of the Hudson River, Tivoli North Bay and Tivoli South Bay. The site has great freshwater marshes to walk along and observe, along with hiking, biking along the Kidd Lane Entrance, and canoeing. 

Hiking Trails on Long Island

Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park 
440 Montauk Highway, Great River
(631) 581-1002 
Manor house and hidden oak cafe closed until further notice. The arboretum grounds are open during regular hours.

Belmont Lake State Park
Southern State Parkway, Exit 38, North Babylon
(631) 669-1000
All trails open.

Bethpage State Park
99 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Farmingdale
(516) 249-0701
Hiking trails and golf courses are open.

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
581 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown
(631) 265-1054
Hiking trails are open, and the nature museum is closed until further notice.

Camp Hero State Park
1898 Montauk Highway, Montauk
(631) 668-3781
Trails are open from sunrise to sunset for hiking and biking alongside ocean views.

Cathedral Pines County Park
Yaphank-Middle Island Road, Middle Island
(631) 852-5502
All trails are open until dusk.

Caumsett Historic State Park
25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Lloyd Harbor
(631) 423-1770
$8 parking fee from 8am-4pm daily. Grounds are open from sunrise to sunset daily. Parks are closed intermittently on busy days to maintain social distancing.

Cedar Creek Park
3340 Merrick Road, Seaford
(516) 571-7470
All trails and bike paths are open. Tennis courts are open, handball is open, basketball courts are closed, and turf fields are closed.

Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Sunrise Highway/Route 27, Oakdale
(631) 581-1005
The park and all of the trails are still open, buildings are closed except for the bathrooms.

Gardiner County Park
Montauk Highway, Bayshore
(631) 854-4949
Trails are open as usual.   

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
(516) 571-8010
The preserve is open 7am-7:30pm every day, no dogs allowed on the preserve at any time. The museum is set to reopen on Wednesday, July 8.

Heckscher State Park
Heckscher Parkway, East Islip
(631) 581-2100
Park open daily from 7am to sunset.

Hempstead Lake State Park
Lakeside Drive, West Hempstead
(516) 766-1029
All hiking and biking trails are open.

Hither Hills State Park
164 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY
(631) 668-3781 
The park and trails are open from sunrise to sunset.

Indian Island County Park-Riverhead
Cross River Drive, Route 105, Riverhead
(631) 852-3232
The park and trails are open. Camping by reservation only, and tents are now allowed

Nissequogue State Park
799 Saint Johnland Road, Kings Park
(631) 269-4927
Hiking trails all open.  

Norman J. Levy Overlook Park and Preserve
1600 Merrick Road, Merrick
(516) 804-2000
Masks and social distancing required. All tours, jitney rides, and ranger-guided kayak tours are suspended. Ranger station closed to the public. 

Orient Beach State Park
40,000 Main Road, Route 25, Orient
(631) 323-2440
The park and trails are open.     

The Reverend Arthur Mackey Sr. Park
Lakeside Drive, Roosevelt
(516) 571-8692
The park and trails are open.

Robert Cushman Murphy County Park
Old River Road, Manorville
(631) 854-4949
Trails are open as usual.

Robert Moses State Park
Robert Moses Causeway, Fire Island
(631) 669-0449
Park is open to the public, with the parking lot at 50% capacity. Bathrooms are open, and concessions are closed.

Sears Bellows County Park
Bellows Pond Road, Hampton Bays
(631) 852-8290
Trails are open as usual.

Shadmoor State Park
900 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY
(631) 668-3781 
The park and trails are open from sunrise to sunset.

Sweetbriar Nature Center
62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown
(631) 979-6344
Hiking grounds and trails are open, but the Sweetbriar House and the butterfly house are closed until further notice.    

Terrell River County Nature Preserve
20 Main Street, Center Moriches
(631) 854-4949
Trails are open as usual.

Theodore Roosevelt County Park
Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY
(631) 852-7879
Trails are open. Immediate family members only in campgrounds. One vehicle per family is allowed in the campground area, other vehicles must be in the parking lot.

West Hills County Park
Sweet Hollow Road, Huntington
(631) 854-4423
All trails and dog runs are open, and picnicking is allowed.

Wildwood State Park Beach
790 Hulse Landing Road, Wading River
(631) 929-4314 
New York State Park campsites, cabins and cottages are currently open only to those with existing reservations. New reservations for all available sites – including tents, trailers, RVs, cabins, yurts and cottages – will be accepted starting at 9 a.m. June 8, for camping stays beginning on June 22. No walk-on camping, you must have a reservation.     

Hiking Trails in Fairfield County, CT

Audubon Center of Greenwich
613 Riversville Road, Greenwich
(203) 869-5272
Center buildings and facilities closed until further notice. Center and other sanctuary trails are open on a limited basis Monday-Fri 9am-5pm.

Bartlett Arboretum
151 Brookdale Road, Stamford
(203) 322-6971
Grounds and trails open from dawn to dusk everyday. Plant clinic open 9am-3:30pm may-mid September.

CT Audubon Society Nature Center
2325 Burr Street, Fairfield
(203) 259-0416
Connecticut Audubon sanctuaries are open for hiking with social distancing. The Center building is closed and indoor activities have been canceled. The Nature Store has reopened Monday—Friday from 10am-2pm.

Earthplace
10 Woodside Lane, Westport
(203) 557- 4400
Trails are open, but the Earthplace building and playground are closed.  

Indian Well State Park
Howe Avenue, Shelton
(203) 924-5907
Trails are open, but there is no swimming or grilling

Mianus River Preserve
Westover Road, Stamford
(914) 234-3455
Open daily 8:30am-5pm.     

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan
(203) 966-9577
Trails are open, but the visitor center is currently closed. 

Weir Farm National Historic Site
735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton
(203) 834-1896
Working toward a phased reopening, so park Grounds and parking Lot are open daily from 7am-5pm. All facilities, including restrooms, remain closed and no water is available.

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