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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy views north and south along Kittatiny Mountain on this vigorous 10-mile loop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Climb two peaks, then return through an abandoned village on this historic 6.2-mile loop in Bear Mountain State Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This 9.6-mile out-and-back has quad-bustingly steep inclines and hairy downhills, but features long, magnificent views from Sugarloaf Mountain.
Hike, ski, or bike a hidden pocket of sylvan wilderness just an hour from Manhattan.
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.
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.
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.
Delve into the rugged folds of New York’s MacIntyre Mountains on this gentle 4.4-mile out-and-back.
Enjoy soaring views from open ridges on this easy-access overnight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy 4-star views on this challenging 4.2-mile loop near Canandaigua Lake–an advanced route down a steep gorge with several waterfalls.
Nestled deep along Genesee Falls, this 6.5-mile reverse-lasso loop overlooks New York’s “Grand Canyon” in Letchworth State Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Climb to some of the best views in the Catskills on this 11.7-mile high-peaks trek. Overnight camping permitted.
This challenging 7.2-mile scramble up rocky West Kill Mountain rewards hikers with stellar views of the Catskills and a waterfall lunch site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hit this 15-mile out-and-back on the Appalachian Trail via train and bus for sprawling views and Massachusetts’ high point.
This 10-mile out-and-back climbs a summit with far-reaching views and ends at a rustic Appalachian Trail shelter.
Deep within Manhattan’s famed 843-acre greenspace, this 4.1-mile escape offers a quick break from the daily grind.
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.
Take in Olympic history, a marsh, and views of Saranac Lakes on the 3.7 miles to this weathered High Peaks summit.
This 11.8-miler traces the Appalachian Trail along an idyllic ridgeline to New Jersey’s highpoint, 60 miles from Manhattan.
Cruise past 230-year-old homestead foundations and old roads used by troops during the Revolutionary War on this 8.5-mile dayhike.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The marshlands and wooded swamps on this 6.9-mile leg are home to more than 77 species of birds.
Explore the ponds, boulders, and marshes of a wooded nature preserve on this 6-mile hike in Westchester County.
Summit a Catskills favorite, Slide Mountain, on this 6.7-mile loop with views of the Shawangunks and Taconics.
Relive summer camp on a hike full of mini-habitats, historic relics, and hilltop views.
This 9-mile out-and-back charges up Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts.
Test your limits on this New York backcountry challenge.
Traverse steep ridges and swampland north of the Big Apple.
A moderate 1.5-mile loop outside Ithaca, this Finger Lake waterfall trek ambles past swimming holes, sedimentary rock, and sunbathers.
Find a sparkling waterfall at the end of Shawangunk Ridge.
End your day with a splash in Adirondack Park.
See a different side of North Jersey from the Grand Tour Trail.
Gaining 1,500 feet in 2.5 miles, this Adirondack summit push rewards with expansive views out to neighboring High Peaks and beyond.
Weave between hardwoods and farmlands on this quick, 5-mile leg of the Finger Lakes Trail.
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.
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.
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.
This 17.3-mile Adirondack adventure leads to the 4,000-foot summits of Macomb Mountain, Hough Peak, and The Dixes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hike to hidden falls, summit views and a Revolutionary War-era landmark on this 6-mile loop in South Mountain Reservation.
Follow George Washington’s footsteps through swamplands and forests on this 7.6-mile trek (one-way) to Morristown National Historical Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leave civilization behind on this 7.4-mile loop that connects mountaintop greenery, sweeping monoliths and low-lying swamps in southern Harriman State Park.
Wander through upstate marshland into a mature conifer forest before climbing 2,000 feet to Pharaoh Mountain and summit views of the eastern Adirondacks.
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.
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.
Tour sprawling, green meadows, wetlands lined with tall grass, and quiet forests on this 3.3-miler in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
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.
This family-friendly hike climbs to Hadley Mountain Fire Tower and showcases expansive views of the Adirondack High Peaks and Great Sacandaga Lake.
Snake 17 miles through beach communities and pristine shorelines to the Sunken Forest on the east side of Fire Island National Seashore.
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.
Discover New York City’s best birding on this 2-mile loop along bay shores and wetlands at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
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.
Loop around Roosevelt Island for unmatched views of the East River and Uptown on this 4-miler in New York City.
Dip into a towering woodland full of vines, brush, and solitude on this 2-mile loop through Van Cortlandt Park’s Northwest Forest.
Experience chromatic rose gardens, exotic conifers, and old-growth forest on the most beautiful 4-mile walk in New York City.
Walk between a vast everglade, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island on this 5-mile loop through New Jersey’s largest urban park.
Amble through verdant woodlands in New York City’s fourth-largest park, Van Cortlandt, on this 4-mile out-and-back.
Hike to mussel-covered bay shores, rocky beaches, and lagoons on this 3-mile loop around Hunter Island in Pelham Bay Park.
Walk from the shores of Bear Mountain State Park’s most popular lake to a Hudson River lookout on this 2-mile lollipop.
Wrap around a 17th-century, country estate, wetlands, woods, and stunning lagoons on this 1.5-mile loop in Pelham Bay Park.
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.
Connect quiet forests, wetlands, and an 18th century landmark on this 2.1-mile loop in Van Cortlandt 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hike the herd path to a dual summit with a sweet view.
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.
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
This classic dayhike along the East Branch Ausable River runs past waterfalls–and across the most famous alpine ridge in the Adirondacks.
Tour sycamore forests to over-gorge views above the Genesee River on this branch trail off the Finger Lakes Trail.
Score Lakeside camping at its best on this 19.2-mile, multi-day loop in the Adirondacks.
Is this 15-mile shuttle hike in the Catskills the hardest dayhike in America? You decide.
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Breath easier in over 50,000 acres of protected forest, located just a short train ride from Manhattan.
Climb the 18th-highest Catskill peak with a stop for amazing views from Giant Ledge on this 6.7 mile out-and-back.
St. Regis Canoe Area, Northern Adirondacks, New York
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