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New York, NY: Movement for Migration (Stokes State Forest, NJ)

Amble past amber maples on Kittatinny Ridge as golden eagles and hawks soar overhead on this overnight loop. BY KATRINA ROSSOS

Albany, NY: Seven Carries, St. Regis Canoe Area

The reward for portaging so many times? The best fall foliage show the Northeast has to offer. Get it all on the Seven Carries route in the St. Regis Canoe Area. BY RYAN WICHELNS

New York City: Hunter Mountain Loop

This 12.2-mile loop rambles through some of the wildest hardwood forest in the northeast and climbs three rugged peaks taller than 3,500 feet in Catskill Forest Preserve.

New York City: Stony Brook-Rampano Torne Loop

This hilly 6.8-mile circuit visits the best vistas in southern Harriman State Park, including views of the NYC skyline, after a fine start along one of the area’s prettiest streams.

New York City: Burnham Hollow to McKenley Hollow

This 14-mile shuttle hike winds tranquil wooded slopes to five peaks over 3,400 feet in a remote section of the Catskills. Off-trail experience and navigation skills required.

New York City: Doubletop Mountain

Escape the crowds on the Catskill High Peaks with this 5.6-mile bushwhack to the range’s highest trailless summit. Compass skills required; hiking poles recommended.

New York City: Popolopen Gorge Trail

Visit a lesser-known treasure of Harriman State Park on this 5.7-mile jaunt, which contours through hilly hardwood forest and along cascading creeks to a few peaceful ponds.

New York City: Peekamoose-Table Mountain

This 9.8-mile out-and-back dayhike or overnight explores a lesser-known corner of Slide Mountain Wilderness while summitting two rugged peaks taller than 3,800 feet.

New York City, NY: Alander Mountain

Tag three mountains, including the highest point in Connecticut, on this 12.1-mile hike in Mt. Washington State Forest. Attractions include: pretty streamside camping, spectacular ridgeline hiking, fine mountain views, and a bounty of blueberries.

New York City: Kittatinny Mountain

Enjoy views north and south along Kittatiny Mountain on this vigorous 10-mile loop.

New York City: Pine Meadow Lake

There are no car horns blowing on this pleasant 5-mile loop–just the therapeutic hum of mountain streams and a peaceful lake in the woods.

Albany, NY: Tongue Mountain Loop

This strenuous 11.5-mile loop hops three peaks to outstanding views in the Tongue Mountain Range, then returns along the gorgeous shoreline of Northwest Bay.

New York City: Vly and Bearpen Mountains

You won’t find sections of this 8.2-mile hike on any trail map. That’s because, until recently, these two 3,500-foot mountains in the Catskill Mountains sat on private land.

New York City: Bald Rocks to Hogencamp Mountain

Bag the best views withing 50 miles of Manhattan on this 6.5-mile loop along open ridges and bucolic forest trails in Harriman State Park.

New York City: Cornell Trail to Doodletown

Climb two peaks, then return through an abandoned village on this historic 6.2-mile loop in Bear Mountain State Park.

New York City: Devil’s Path

This 25-mile plus hike climbs six significant peaks in the northern Catskills, accumulating about 18,000 feet of elevation gain and loss in steep, rocky terrain. This country looks and feel wild, and the views from its many lookouts easily rival those from the more-crowded high peaks.

Fire Island National Seashore: Sunken Forest

See centuries-old endangered trees in one of the Eastern seaboard’s last remaining maritime forests on this 6.2-mile out-and-back across a diverse barrier island.

Adirondack Park: St. Regis Mountain

Avoid hiking crowds by paddling to a secret trailhead, where you’ll also admire old Adirondack camps on this 8.6-mile paddle-hike combo in Adirondack Park.

Adirondack Park: Gothics Mountain

Test your legs and vertigo tolerance on this rugged, 11.8-mile out-and-back to a pinnacle of steep, weathered rock in Adirondack Park.

New York City: Sugarloaf Mountain

This 9.6-mile out-and-back has quad-bustingly steep inclines and hairy downhills, but features long, magnificent views from Sugarloaf Mountain.

New York City: Wawayanda State Park Loop

Hike, ski, or bike a hidden pocket of sylvan wilderness just an hour from Manhattan.

New York City, NY: South Beacon Mountain

Solitude. Fresh air. Big views. It all unfolds on this vigorous 5-miler along a lively mountain stream to the highest point in Hudson Highlands State Park.

New York City: Kaaterskill High Peak

Hike 9.2 miles to a picturesque peak loved by Hudson Valley painters like Thomas Cole. This lasso loop passes two plane wrecks and provides unmatched views of the Catskills.

New York City: Neversink Loop

This 12-mile loop in Slide Mountain Wilderness connects popular trails with a rough route to secluded campsites and trail-less peaks near the headwaters of the Neversink River.

Adirondack Park: Marcy Dam

Delve into the rugged folds of New York’s MacIntyre Mountains on this gentle 4.4-mile out-and-back.

New York City, NY: Long Path Loop

Enjoy soaring views from open ridges on this easy-access overnight.

New Haven, CT: Kettletown State Park Loop

Climb miles up to viewpoints over the cool waters of the Housatonic River and Lake Zoar on this 3.8-mile loop through Kettletown State Park.

New York City: Fingerboard-Tiorati Loop

Hike a section of America’s first National Scenic Trail on this 23.2-mile, 3-day loop around Lake Tiorati in Harriman State Park.

Adirondack Park: Hurricane Mountain

Don’t let the 2,000-foot gain on this 5-mile out-and-back in the Soda Range stop you the long, crowd-free summit views are well worth the effort.

New Haven, CT: Beach – Island Point Trail

This 5.8-miler loops in-and-around secluded islands of rare trees, diverse bird sanctuaries, and tranquil butterfly gardens in Hammonasset Beach State Park.

New Haven, CT: Chatfield Hollow State Park Loop

This easy 4.6-mile loop serves up large tracts of hardwoods, a side of granite ledges, and the continuous pour of a lively brook.

Rochester: Clark Gully Loop

Enjoy 4-star views on this challenging 4.2-mile loop near Canandaigua Lake–an advanced route down a steep gorge with several waterfalls.

Buffalo: Genesse Gorge Loop

Nestled deep along Genesee Falls, this 6.5-mile reverse-lasso loop overlooks New York’s “Grand Canyon” in Letchworth State Park.

New York City: Fingerboard Shelter via the AT

Tackle a section of America’s first National Scenic Trail on this 15.8-mile out-and-back overnight near Lake Tiorati in Harriman State Park.

New York City: Hurd Corners to Morgan Stewart Shelter via the AT

A massive oak, a sprawling wetland, an atomic lake-this classic weekend trip packs it all into a 19.2-mile out-and-back on the Appalachian Trail. Bonus: Save the Earth by taking the train to the trailhead.

New York City: Shenandoah Mountain

On this 13.2-mile out-and-back, you’ll get a StairMaster-type workout as you explore the ridges, ravines and overlooks of Fahnestock State Park.

Albany, NY: Mount Greylock

Lazy folks drive to the top. Be a champ and hike the 7.8 miles from farm fields and hardwood forests to the highest summit in Massachusetts.

Adirondack Park: Mount Van Hoevenberg

Take a walk on the wild southern side of a classic Adirondack mountain with views of Lake Placid and Mt. Marcy on this 4.4-mile out-and-back.

New York City: Slide-Cornell-Wittenberg

Climb to some of the best views in the Catskills on this 11.7-mile high-peaks trek. Overnight camping permitted.

New York City: West Kill Mountain

This challenging 7.2-mile scramble up rocky West Kill Mountain rewards hikers with stellar views of the Catskills and a waterfall lunch site.

Norwalk, CT: Norwalk Islands Paddle

Bring binoculars on this 7.3-mile paddling tour of Long Island Sound, and take time to check out the shorebirds and a historic island lighthouse.

New York City: Hurd Corners to Wiley Shelter via the AT

Hop off the train and onto a quiet, well-marked trail. Hike as far as 12.2 miles; see deer and turkey, and, if you choose, camp in a classic AT shelter.

Adirondack Park: Mount Marcy

Tag New York’s high point on this 14.2-miler into a mix of forest and broken rock, with jaw-dropping vantages of the High Peaks and Green Mountains.

Albany: Mount Frissell

Stand in three states, then summit a wooded peak while passing the highest hill in Connecticut on this 4-mile dayhike in the Taconic Mountains.

Appalachian Trail: Mount Greylock Hike

Hit this 15-mile out-and-back on the Appalachian Trail via train and bus for sprawling views and Massachusetts’ high point.

New York City: Bear and West Mountains via the AT

This 10-mile out-and-back climbs a summit with far-reaching views and ends at a rustic Appalachian Trail shelter.

New York City, NY: Central Park (South Loop)

Deep within Manhattan’s famed 843-acre greenspace, this 4.1-mile escape offers a quick break from the daily grind.

Adirondack Park: Blueberry Mountain

A nearly 2,000-foot climb leads through verdant forest to a rocky Adirondack summit on this 4.4-mile out-and-back in the High Peaks region.

Adirondack Park: Scarface Mountain

Take in Olympic history, a marsh, and views of Saranac Lakes on the 3.7 miles to this weathered High Peaks summit.

New York City: High Point

This 11.8-miler traces the Appalachian Trail along an idyllic ridgeline to New Jersey’s highpoint, 60 miles from Manhattan.

Appalachian Trail: Old Albany Post Road to NY 301

Cruise past 230-year-old homestead foundations and old roads used by troops during the Revolutionary War on this 8.5-mile dayhike.

Appalachian Trail: Bear Mountain to Old Albany Post Road

Drop to the lowest elevation point on the AT, cross the Hudson on what was once the world’s longest suspension bridge, then claim views of a glacier-scoured valley on this 9.2-mile section hike.

Appalachian Trail: Palisades Parkway to Bear Mountain

The payoff on this 6.4-mile hike is the big views on Bear Mountain, stretching from the Hudson Highlands to New York City’s skyline.

Appalachian Trail: NY 301 to NY 52

Postcard-worthy views are plentiful during this 11.2-mile stretch. Bring your camera and snap panoramas overlooking Canopus Lake, the Hudson River Valley, and the Fishkill Plains.

Appalachian Trail: NY 17 to Palisades Parkway

Navigate the infamous lemon squeezer, a pinched corridor tucked between mammoth-sized boulders, on this 11-mile route peppered young hardwoods and old iron mines in Harriman State Park.

Appalachian Trail: NY 17A to NY 17

This 11-miler traverses four mountains and passes the faded remains of settlements and iron mines. Along the way, you’ll skirt the base of Fitzgerald Falls.

Appalachian Trail: NY 52 to NY 22

This 13.3-miler is loaded with interesting points: the massive Dover Oak, a trailside railroad station, and the Great Swamp–one of the largest wetlands in New York.

Appalachian Trail: NY 22 to Hoyt Road

The marshlands and wooded swamps on this 6.9-mile leg are home to more than 77 species of birds.

New York, NY: Westmoreland Sanctuary

Explore the ponds, boulders, and marshes of a wooded nature preserve on this 6-mile hike in Westchester County.

New York City, NY: Slide Mountain via Curtis-Ormsbee Trail

Summit a Catskills favorite, Slide Mountain, on this 6.7-mile loop with views of the Shawangunks and Taconics.

New York City, NY: Old Guard Trail

Relive summer camp on a hike full of mini-habitats, historic relics, and hilltop views.

Albany, NY: Mount Greylock via Stony Ledge

This 9-mile out-and-back charges up Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts.

Albany, NY: Devils Path

Test your limits on this New York backcountry challenge.

New York City: Schunnemunk Mountain

Traverse steep ridges and swampland north of the Big Apple.

Ithaca, NY: Buttermilk Falls

A moderate 1.5-mile loop outside Ithaca, this Finger Lake waterfall trek ambles past swimming holes, sedimentary rock, and sunbathers.

Albany, NY: Rainbow Falls

Find a sparkling waterfall at the end of Shawangunk Ridge.

Albany, NY: Opalescent River

End your day with a splash in Adirondack Park.

New York City, NY: Hartshorne Woods Park

See a different side of North Jersey from the Grand Tour Trail.

Adirondack Park, NY: Rooster Comb

Gaining 1,500 feet in 2.5 miles, this Adirondack summit push rewards with expansive views out to neighboring High Peaks and beyond.

Rochester, NY: Knight Creek to Campbell Creek via Finger Lakes Trail

Weave between hardwoods and farmlands on this quick, 5-mile leg of the Finger Lakes Trail.

Adirondack Park: Rooster Comb-Snow Mountain Loop

Knock off two neighboring Adirondack summits (and a bit of easy scrambling) on this challenging 6.3-mile loop that rewards with far-reaching High Peaks overlooks.

Adirondack Park, NY: Snow Mountain

Opt for this lesser-hiked Adirondack summit southeast of Lake Placid and you’ll be rewarded with expansive High Peaks views and a bit of easy rock scrambling.

Catskill State Park: Windham High Peak

A mild Catskills out-and-back, this 6.3-miler on the Long Path climbs gentle grades through light spruce forest to Windham High Peak and views south of the Blackhead Mountains.

Adirondack Park: Five Mountain Loop

This 17.3-mile Adirondack adventure leads to the 4,000-foot summits of Macomb Mountain, Hough Peak, and The Dixes.

Adirondack Park: Gleasman’s Falls

This peaceful, 5.5-mile Adirondack out-and-back wanders through a maple forest to an overlook with views of Gleasman’s Falls and a rocky gorge.

Adirondack Park: Cascade Mountain

Southeast of Lake Placid, this popular 4.3-mile out-and-back climbs 2,000 feet to Cascade Mountain’s rocky summit and views of Whiteface, Lake Champlain, and the Great Range peaks.

Adirondack Park: Big Slide Mountain

Looping 10.9 miles, this Adirondack classic scales a scenic ridge over several rock ledges before descending to Johns Brook Lodge, a backcountry hut with frontcountry services.

Adirondack Park: Whiteface Mountain

This challenging, 11.6-mile out-and-back scales Lake Placid’s iconic peak, Whiteface Mountain, and rewards dayhikers with expansive summit views of the Adirondacks and beyond.

Adirondack Park: Echo Cliff

This quick, 1.5-miler in the Adirondacks climbs to Echo Cliff, a rocky perch with more tree-free views than its big brother, Panther Mountain.

Newark, NJ: South Mountain Reservation

Hike to hidden falls, summit views and a Revolutionary War-era landmark on this 6-mile loop in South Mountain Reservation.

Morristown National Historical Park: Speedwell Park to Jockey Hollow Encampment

Follow George Washington’s footsteps through swamplands and forests on this 7.6-mile trek (one-way) to Morristown National Historical Park.

New York City: Orchard Beach – Twin Island Loop

Sample sylvan forests, a beachside boardwalk, and rocky island shores on this 5.6-mile dayhike in New York City’s largest park, Pelham Bay.

Morristown, NJ: Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge

Traipse along the Great Swamp’s boardwalk to sprawling, wildflower-speckled everglades and three world-class birding spots on this easy, two-mile loop near Morristown.

Catskill State Park, NY: Overlook Mountain Trail

Discover 19th century hotel ruins and 360-degree views of the Hudson Valley and Catskills on this 4.5-mile out-and-back to Overlook Mountain.

Catskill State Park, NY: Kaaterskill Falls

Hike through a lush, eroding gorge to Kaaterskill Falls–New York’s highest waterfall–on this short, 1.4-mile out-and-back in Catskill State Park.

New York City, NY: Breakneck Mountain Loop

Leave civilization behind on this 7.4-mile loop that connects mountaintop greenery, sweeping monoliths and low-lying swamps in southern Harriman State Park.

Adirondack Park: Pharaoh Mountain

Wander through upstate marshland into a mature conifer forest before climbing 2,000 feet to Pharaoh Mountain and summit views of the eastern Adirondacks.

Adirondack Park: Algonquin Peak

Ascend 3,600 feet to Algonquin Peak, the second highest summit in New York, for top-of-the-world views of Adirondack peaks and lakes.

Catskill State Park, NY: South Mountain and North Mountain Loop

Trace the eastern edge of the Catskills, tagging five 2,000-foot overlooks, en route to South and North Mountain on this 7.9-mile loop in Catskill State Park.

New York City, NY: Prospect Park

Tour sprawling, green meadows, wetlands lined with tall grass, and quiet forests on this 3.3-miler in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

New York City, NY: The High Line, Section 1 (Gansevoort Street to 20th Street)

Take a stroll above the bustling streets of Manhattan on the High Line, an elevated walkway with picturesque gardens and views of the city skyline.

Adirondack Park: Hadley Mountain

This family-friendly hike climbs to Hadley Mountain Fire Tower and showcases expansive views of the Adirondack High Peaks and Great Sacandaga Lake.

Fire Island National Seashore, NY: Fire Island Lighthouse to Sailor’s Haven

Snake 17 miles through beach communities and pristine shorelines to the Sunken Forest on the east side of Fire Island National Seashore.

New York City: Sandy Hook

Explore bayside birding spots, forest-lined beaches, a historic army base, and the nation’s oldest standing lighthouse on this 13-miler at Sandy Hook.

New York City: West Pond Trail

Discover New York City’s best birding on this 2-mile loop along bay shores and wetlands at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

New York City: Ward’s Island

Walk along the East River waterfront for views of Mill Rock Park and the New York City skyline on this TK-miler on Ward’s Island.

New York City: Roosevelt Island

Loop around Roosevelt Island for unmatched views of the East River and Uptown on this 4-miler in New York City.

New York City: Northwest Forest Loop

Dip into a towering woodland full of vines, brush, and solitude on this 2-mile loop through Van Cortlandt Park’s Northwest Forest.

New York City: New York Botanical Gardens

Experience chromatic rose gardens, exotic conifers, and old-growth forest on the most beautiful 4-mile walk in New York City.

New York City: Liberty State Park Loop

Walk between a vast everglade, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island on this 5-mile loop through New Jersey’s largest urban park.

New York City: John Muir Nature Trail

Amble through verdant woodlands in New York City’s fourth-largest park, Van Cortlandt, on this 4-mile out-and-back.

New York City: Hunter Island Loop

Hike to mussel-covered bay shores, rocky beaches, and lagoons on this 3-mile loop around Hunter Island in Pelham Bay Park.

New York City: Hessian Lake Loop – Hudson River Dock

Walk from the shores of Bear Mountain State Park’s most popular lake to a Hudson River lookout on this 2-mile lollipop.

New York City: Bartow-Pell Woods Loop

Wrap around a 17th-century, country estate, wetlands, woods, and stunning lagoons on this 1.5-mile loop in Pelham Bay Park.

New Paltz, NY: Mohonk Lake and Sky Top Tower

Trace the shoreline of Mohonk Lake before scrambling through limestone crevices to a memorial tower with views of the Shawangunks on this 3-mile lollipop.

New York City, NY: John Kieran Nature Trail Loop

Connect quiet forests, wetlands, and an 18th century landmark on this 2.1-mile loop in Van Cortlandt Park.

New York City, NY: Hudson River Park to Central Park

Hit up some of Manhattan’s best outdoor and urban highlights on this 7.6-mile hike that features views of the Statue of Liberty and a scenic spin through Central Park.

New York City: Sugarloaf to Osborn Loop

This seven-mile hike departs from the Manitou railroad station and climbs 1,000 feet to a flat ridgeline with views of Bear Mountain. Take the AT and Osborn Loop to the Manitoga Point Nature Preseve to add a mile of walking along the Hudson for a perfect blend of woods and water.

New York City: Breakneck Ridge Trail

Crank up a mountain, and scale the slabs of its summit, before winding along a big-vie ridge and past farmlands on this 8.3 miler.

New York City: Timp-Torne Trail

Ppass skyline views of Manhattan (35 miles south) as you roller-coaster over the Timp, West Mountain, and Popolopen Torne, a trio of thousand-foot peaks on this 11-miler in Harriman State Park.

New York City: Hook Mountain

Share Hook’s 728-foot summit, the area’s second highest, with soaring broad-winged hawks, then descend the Long Path to Rockland Lake and return to Upper Nyack, New York, for a six-mile loop.

Adirondack Park: Jay Mountain

Hike the herd path to a dual summit with a sweet view.

Boston: Piper Trail

Beeline up a 3,500 peak, and skirt slabby granite with views of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and central New Hampshire’s Lake Country.

Rochester: Bristol Hills Branch

This 12-mile point-to-point traces one of the Finger Lakes Trail’s feeder paths to the top of 2,256-foot Gannett Hill, and a hawk’s-eye view of upstate’s scenic forests and pools. Miles from Rochester: 41

Adirondack Park: Great Range Loop

This classic dayhike along the East Branch Ausable River runs past waterfalls–and across the most famous alpine ridge in the Adirondacks.

Rochester, NY: Finger Lakes Trail, Letchworth State Park

Tour sycamore forests to over-gorge views above the Genesee River on this branch trail off the Finger Lakes Trail.

Adirondack Park, NY: High Falls Loop

Score Lakeside camping at its best on this 19.2-mile, multi-day loop in the Adirondacks.

Catskill, NY: Overlook Trail to Devil’s Path Section

Is this 15-mile shuttle hike in the Catskills the hardest dayhike in America? You decide.

Adirondacks: High Peaks Dayhikes

Looking for the perfect hike in the High Peaks? With this Pro Bundle, get select trips to vista-laced summits and major solitude.

New York, NY: Brooklyn Bridge to Jamaica Bay

Take a different kind of backpacking trip in the concrete jungle.

New York, NY: Southern Harriman Loop

Breath easier in over 50,000 acres of protected forest, located just a short train ride from Manhattan.

Catskills, NY: Panther Mountain

Climb the 18th-highest Catskill peak with a stop for amazing views from Giant Ledge on this 6.7 mile out-and-back.

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