5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in New York

5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in New York

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When it comes to scenic hiking trails, New York State offers explorers some of the best. In New York, you’ll find a wealth of diversity and stunning terrain. Whether you’re headed up to the Finger Lakes region or you’re just looking to escape the city for a few hours, there’s an immaculate sight close by. Here are five hikes in New York State that will reward you with stunning views from start to finish.

1. Watkins Glen State Park

This beautiful loop in the Finger Lakes region follows a striking river gorge with steep cliffs and 19 waterfalls along the way. Described as a magical experience, hikers on this 2.5-mile trail are immersed in a world of steep stone, rushing water, and lush greenery.

2. Breakneck Ridge

Just a Metro-North train ride from Manhattan, Breakneck Ridge is considered one of the more challenging hikes in the Hudson Valley. After a few hours of steep rock scrambles, you’ll reach the top, which has a flagpole and dramatic views of the Hudson River and the Hudson Highlands.

3. Ampersand Mountain

With stone staircases and an elevation of 3,352 feet, this challenging Adirondacks hike has some of the best views to be seen in New York State.  At the end of the nearly-three-mile hike, adventurers are rewarded with panoramic views of the Adirondack mountains and the Saranac lakes.

4. The Gorge Trail at Buttermilk Falls

A 1.7-mile stone path, the Gorge Trail is ideal for families, photographers, and nature enthusiasts alike. After a few steep stair climbs, hikers enjoy prime views of the impressive Buttermilk Falls and Buttermilk Creek.

5. Bear Mountain State Park

About an hour’s drive upstate from New York City, Bear Mountain State Park provides climbers with a moderate hike that affords views of the rolling Hudson Highlands, the Bear Mountain Bridge, some serene lakes, and the majestic Hudson River.