Step Outside - New York WELCOME TO STEP OUTSIDE! Find the best outdoor fun near you! en-us 30 http://stepoutside.org/ Step Outside - New York 144 144 http://stepoutside.org/ https://cdnstep-americantownscom.netdna-ssl.com/img/stepoutside_logo.gif Wed, 20 Oct 2021 21:35:29 -0500 5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in New York Cooler weather and changing leaves makes autumn a perfect time to go camping. And in New York State, never is that more abundantly clear. From deep in the Adirondacks to the Thousand Islands’ region, you’ll find your ideal spot. Here are five fine places across New York State that invite fall travelers to set up camp.

Tent camping can be done in the Hudson Valley’s gorgeous Minnewaska State Park, which offers plenty of opportunity for adventures all year round. Hikers enjoy dense foliage, lakes, and waterfalls, plus some pretty epic views.

As the second largest state park in New York, Harriman’s scale is impressive. “Group camps” of cabins, tent sites, dining halls, and rec centers allow campers to experience a sense of community between the park’s 200 miles of fall hiking trails and 31 bodies of water. 

Fall campers who seek solitude will find it at Cranberry Lake Campground. The trout-filled lake is one of the largest and most remote in the region, and it’s surrounded by 50 miles of hiking trails and 50,000 acres of woodlands. Each of the 73 campsites comes with its own fireplace and water spigot.

Fall campers of all kinds are welcome at the Thousand Islands’ region’s largest campground. The site has plenty of cabins, tent and trailer sites, and larger cottages with all the amenities of a vacation rental. Fishing, hunting, hiking, and golfing can be enjoyed on the island.

Autumn is a wonderful time of year to see the “Grand Canyon of the East.” Hike past vibrant changing leaves covering steep cliffs that line the Genesee River before heading back to one of the park’s 257 campsites or eight rental cabins.

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5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in New York New York’s lush green wilderness transforms each fall, showing shades of red, orange, and gold to celebrate the season. Cooler, drier weather mixed with vibrant leaf colors makes hiking in autumn an absolute treat. Here are five stunning places to hike among the foliage in New York State.

This rocky, mountainous area to the west of the Hudson River is a hub of scenic hiking trails that afford some incredible views year-round. Whether you overlook the mighty Hudson River or the rolling Hudson Highlands, everything will be blanketed in gold.

Three-hundred thousand acres of woodlands covering seven mountains in the Catskills, this preserve is a must-see in the fall, when its waterfalls, rock formations, and fire towers are framed by colorful bursts of leaves.

Eight hiking trails, including the famous Gorge Trail, can be found in the 16,000 acres of the breathtaking Finger Lakes National Forest. Hike past fiery leaf tones on your way to the park’s many gorges and waterfalls.

This 17-mile gorge has been nicknamed “the Grand Canyon of the East,” and since it’s located in the Northeast (where the foliage changes color each fall), you can expect a vibrant show of colors every year.

As the tallest peak in New York State, Mount Marcy’s summit rewards hikers with spectacular views of the Adirondacks and beyond. In autumn, the mountains are speckled with red and gold as far as the eye can see.

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11 Best Outdoor Fall Activities in New York New York State is undeniably big (not Texas-sized big, but big). If you’ve ever visited the state, you know how much there is to do in every big city and small town—and that hustle and bustle doesn’t stop come autumn! With its many farms, apple orchards, state parks, and local events, New York has a variety of different experiences to offer travelers during the fall season. Here are just a few of our favorites. 

Taughannock Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in New York, and it’s right in the heart of the Finger Lakes! Nestled in a small town right next to Cayuga Lake, you can enjoy a scenic fall hike through the colorful foliage or head on up to the overlook and see the Falls in all its glory. There’s a gorge trail and a rim trail—perfect for whatever hiking mood you’re in—and you can enjoy a nice meal after your workout at the local Falls Restaurant and Tavern (just a short drive into town). And if you’re in the mood for some Italian, stop in at Little Venice, a locally-owned restaurant serving all your pizza and pasta desires.

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Buttermilk Falls is only a short 20-minute drive from Taughannock, if you feel like exploring more than one local gorge in a day! You can camp at Buttermilk’s lower park, where there’s a natural swimming area (that’s more for summer weather) and playing fields. Just beyond the fields is a nature trail, winding directly through the Larch Meadows wetland. Buttermilk also has gorge and rim trails available, as well as a small lake and picnic area at its upper park.

What would a camping/hiking excursion be without a trip to a local orchard? Located less than 10 miles away from Buttermilk, campers are able to head on down and pick up some fresh fruit for their weekend in the Finger Lakes! As a pick-your-own orchard, you’ll have the experience of plucking only your desired apples from the trees—and who can say no to some fresh apple cider and doughnuts? And if you’re like most and can’t resist a good wine tasting, be sure to check out the wine trail along Cayuga Lake (or Seneca Lake, or any Finger Lake if you don’t mind a bit of a drive)!

Head on east to Hudson, New York, and you’ll find the greatest jack o’-lantern event in the tri-state area. The display of jack o’-lanterns is set up along the historic, 18th century riverside and features displays like the Pumpkin Carousel and the Pumpkin Zee Bridge (shout-out to New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge). Dates for this year span from the end of September to the end of November, so there’s no risk of missing out on the 7,000 illuminated gourds!

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The Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market is located in the heart of downtown Troy, right in the streets. Every Saturday from May through October, the roads around Monument Square are closed off for vendors and visitors to explore all the produce, coffee, baked goods, etc. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can enjoy everything the city of Troy has to offer. And while prime time is in the fall, don’t worry if you miss out! The market moves inside to the Troy Atrium from November to April, so you can still come check it out!

Hiking, hiking, and more hiking. Letchworth State Park is yet another beautiful location to view a lower, middle, and upper waterfall—one of which can create its own rainbow! Located in the Genesee Region, this park is often regarded as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” There are 66 miles worth of trails in the area that are available for hiking, biking, and even horseback riding!

This unique trail goes from Buffalo to Albany—perfect for a bike ride at peak foliage season! You can choose how far you decide to roam, and by watching New York’s foliage report, you can plan your trip around when the trees will be most colorful (giving your ride a magnificent fall atmosphere).

Starting in mid-September, Iron Kettle Farm becomes a perfect place for fall family activity! In addition to their spooktacular Halloween pumpkin display, they have a corn maze, hay ride, wagon ride, spook barn, pumpkin express train, pumpkin sling shot, and more! Plus, they even have a nice selection of small to gigantic pumpkins; so while you’re out enjoying a day of family bonding, you can pick some up to carve later at home!

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During the fall at Harbes Family Farm, you can find their interactive corn maze and pumpkin patch. Actors bring the 1.5-acre maze to life with a story of how PumpkinLand’s King lost his crown, and you have to help him find all the pieces. There are riddles to solve throughout the maze, which you need to successfully navigate, along with winning a climactic sword fight. Good luck!

On this haunted hayride, you can cross a toxic swamp, meet the tortured souls of previous patients from Orchard Asylum, and feel like you’re part of the disturbed family that runs the butcher shop. Be careful, though, because you could end up being the next up for slaughter. Check out their site for more creepy attractions!

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Visit any of the gorgeous parks New York has to offer (Central Park included!) during prime foliage season to do a bit of leaf peeping. If you don’t like biking, no sweat! You can go on scenic drives through the local region, go for a walk/hike, or even take a boat out onto a lake—but make sure you’re close enough to shore to still see the trees! The foliage is beautiful throughout the state, so make sure you don’t miss out.

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5 Awesome Campgrounds for Families in New York A family camping trip is a great way to unplug and create memories with your kids. New York is full of lush nature and large state parks with campgrounds, making it the ideal state to go camping with younger children. Here are some great family campgrounds in the state! 

Camp with the kids right along the beach in Montauk. Hither Hills State Park has 190 camping spots that fill up fast, plus a nature preserve with a lake, playgrounds, walking trails, and ranger programs to keep the family entertained. Shower facilities are available but grills and cooking options are not.

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Nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the East,” and with 66 miles of gorge-side trails, Letchworth State Park makes a stunning family getaway. The park has 257 campsites and also cabins for rent, plus a pool for the kids to splash around in.

Families who visit Cooperstown for the National Baseball Hall of Fame should consider a stay at Glimmerglass State Park. Once there, kids can head to the beach, hike nature trails, go geocaching, and more. Campsites include showers, picnic tables, grills, and fire pits.

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Whether camping along the Ausable River or closer to the trails of Whiteface Mountain, families will find plenty to do at this Adirondacks campground. Amenities include two swimming pools, mini-golf, playgrounds, and laundry facilities.

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With gorges, cliffs, and waterfalls, Watkins Glen is one of the most popular nature destinations in New York. The park’s KOA campground is a children’s paradise, with mini golf, outdoor movies, an indoor pool, laser tag, and a waterslide. It was previously voted as KOA campground of the year, and kids camp free in some sections.

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5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in New York If you’re looking to get the adrenaline pumping, a muddy, heart-pounding, off-roading adventure fits the bill! New York State is home to some excellent extreme parks and trail systems to traverse all day long. Here are five great spots to start your off-roading journey in New York! 

New York State’s only legal public ATV trail system does not disappoint. Lewis County’s four-wheeler trails span 600 miles of wilderness. Permits are required and safety precautions are enforced.

Not quite ready to venture off on your own yet? Head to Whitehall for the renowned Adirondack ATV Tours. Exclusively featuring "top of the line Polaris RZRs," according to their website, you'll be riding in style. Book your tour today and explore tens of thousands of miles of off-roading trails.  

Over 60 trails of various levels make Mettowee Off Road Extreme Park an attractive option for ATV riders. The park allows camping and frequently hosts special events.

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When you become a member of this private motorsports club on Long Island, you’ll receive access to 13 acres of dirt bike and ATV tracks designed to improve speed and skills.

This family-friendly ATV park provides 70 miles of clearly marked trails in a lush natural setting. Camping is allowed and rules are enforced.

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*Note: Age restrictions, special licenses, and other requirements for off highway vehicles vary from state to state. Before heading out on your OHV, please consult your local regulations.

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5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in New York 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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5 Great Hiking Trails in New York Hiking is one of the purest adventures you can have, and it’s a fun way to keep kids entertained on a day trip or while camping. Whether you’re searching for an upstate hike in stunning wilderness or a Catskills adventure, New York can cater to your preference. Here are five great New York State hiking trails to tackle with the family.

Trace the edge of Buttermilk Falls on its half mile Gorge Trail, which affords gorgeous, sweeping views. The park has a few smaller trails, plus a lake and a swimming area. Camping there is easy and encouraged.

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Adventurous families with kids over age eight will love the “Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks.” Ausable Chasm leads two thrilling tours every day, in which hikers wear harnesses and are secured by cables as they traverse bridges, nets, and steep precipices.

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Grab the kids, pack a picnic, and head to Kaaterskill Falls, where an easy one-mile hike affords up-close views of New York’s tallest two-tier waterfall and light swimming opportunities along the way up. The falls area can get crowded, but it’s definitely worth checking out. 

Dramatic, pristine, and beautiful, Watkins Glen is an absolute must-see in the Finger Lakes region. The Gorge Trail is less than three miles long, but it boasts jaw-dropping views of cliffs and waterfalls that leave a lasting impression. Camping is also available for those who want to explore more.

This state park is ideal for families. Stroller-aged kids and toddlers can take the flat, paved walk around Hessian Lake, while older kids might enjoy the more challenging hike up to Perkins Memorial Tower (which you can also drive to). Down at the bottom, there are plenty of activities to do, including a carousel and a zoo.

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ATV Off-Roading Adventure in Lewis County Riding your ATV through the Adirondacks is one of the most scenic experiences imaginable. The magnificent landscape and expansive space of the trail system in Lewis County will provide thrill-seekers hours of outdoor fun. With all there is to enjoy, it’s best to make a whole adventure of it. Enjoy a bite to eat and a place to rest your head after your exciting day on the trails at Lewis County. 

Before hitting the trails, fuel up with some caffeine at Café Z. This cozy, sun-filled coffee shop will make you want to linger a while with its tasty espressos and delectable pastry selection.

For ATV enthusiasts in New York State, there’s only one public trail system—the expansive Lewis County ATV Trail System in the Adirondacks. The 500-mile park provides hours of adrenaline rush-inducing, off-road adventures on wheels. Keep in mind, you must purchase a permit before you explore! This is an ATV enthusiast’s paradise. 

Tuckered out after a day on the ATV? Dinner at Ridgeview Inn Restaurant & Lounge is just what you need to unwind. With its high ceilings, expansive views, and a comfort-food menu, this Lowville restaurant is a sure crowd-pleaser.

This comfortable bed and breakfast opened in 2002 and has been a welcome spot for ATV and snowmobile riders ever since then. The rooms are quaint and cozy and will make you feel like you’re right at home. And in the morning? A full breakfast is included with your stay.  

This expansive deer hunting ranch is “where dreams become reality.” At Lowlands Whitetails, sportsmen get to hunt for buck weighing in at anywhere between 150-250 pounds—sometimes more! They have special tags for your deer carcass, and will also recommend a local meat processor and/or a local taxidermist.   

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10 Best Archery Outfitters in New York If you’re a seasoned sportsman, skilled hunter, or you’re just looking to pick up a new hobby, equipping yourself with the proper gear is necessary for a successful archery outing. And in New York State, the professional staff and top-of-the-line products at your local archery outfitters will have you ready to go in no time. Here are the best.  

With bows, arrows, calls, and clothing from top manufacturers for sale, this pro shop aims to serve archery enthusiasts at any stage. The shop’s staff can Leagues and classes are also available.

This small chain of archery shops in the Hudson Valley strives to make the sport accessible to all. Flying Arrow Sports sells archery gear for both target practice and hunting, plus starter kits. Ranges, leagues, lessons, and financing are all available. Find locations in Carmel, East Greenbush, and Wappingers Falls. 

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If you’re looking for archery and hunting bows in Westchester, turn to Extreme Archery. The shop is an authorized dealer of the brands Hoyt, Bear, Elite, and more. Technicians on staff will fine-tune and install all gear and accessories at no charge, and a 20-yard indoor range is available for practice and lessons.

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This full-service Brooklyn pro shop has certified technicians for Bowtech, PSE, Elite, and other brands, who can tune-up or modify your equipment to ensure the best experience possible. It’s located within a 7,500-square-foot facility in Gowanus with 43 practice lanes.

This robust archery facility features a pro shop with compound bows, recurve bows, arrows, and accessories for sale. Queens Archery also runs a youth program, target league, and tournament.

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For over 35 years, this Long Island archery shop has served the needs of both seasoned and novice archers. The shop has a full line of bows and crossbows from brands like Hoyt, Martin, and Mission, plus an indoor shooting range, leagues, and lessons.

This one-stop-shop in the Adirondacks sells premium brands of archery equipment and accessories, including compounds, recurves, arm guards, finger tabs, safety harnesses, and more. The shop also has a 20-yard range to practice in. 

The pro shop at Neil’s Archery & Crossbow has been called “the most detailed pro shop in the [Binghamton] area.” It’s staffed by experienced archers and stocked with all manner of equipment and accessories. Neil’s Archery & Crossbow has a 40-yard indoor target range and runs several leagues to step up your skills.

Since 1969, this archery store has been serving the residents of Western New York.  The “state-of-the-art Archery Pro Shop” features brands like Mathews, Elite, Mission, and Bowtech, and the store contains a 40-yard indoor range as well as an interactive video range.

Boasting a huge selection of archery and hunting gear, this shop also contains a target range for practicing the sport, as well as lessons. Bows, crossbow, and accessories are sold for men, women, and children.

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9 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in New York Whether you cast your line on the Hudson River, Montauk Point, or out at sea, having the right gear can mean the difference between success and failure. New York anglers are graced with some of the best bait and tackle shops around. Trust the experts at these esteemed shops across that state.

Run by seasoned fisherman Paulie, this Montauk fishing establishment provides professional and recreational fishers with the full spectrum of supplies. Expect to find everything from custom rods to seasonal fresh and frozen bait.

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Fishers around Sheepshead Bay rely on the expertise and full selection of Stella Maris Bait & Tackle to aid them out on the water. They stock everything from rods, rigs, and reels to live, seasonal bait.

Located near the New York coast of Lake Champlain, this bait and tackle shop is run by the friendly and knowledgeable Norm, who stocks everything you need for a successful fishing trip on the lake.

Founded in 1952, Thousand Island Bait Store carries the lures you need to catch panfish, bass, northern pike, walleye, and muskie in the St. Lawrence River. 

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If you want to go fishing in the Hamptons, East End Bait & Tackle is a shop to check out. Selling clothing and equipment like rods, reels, and tackle from high-quality brands, this bait and tackle shop has you covered.

With a motto like “We’re not the biggest, just the best,” you can expect a lot from this fishing shop in the Catskills region. The shop stocks everything you need for fly fishing out on the river, including attire, fishing rods, and bait.

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Hudson River fishing enthusiasts should make River Basin Sports their first stop from March through November. Selling rods, reels, lures, and accessories and doling out expert information about fishing on the Hudson, this shop has earned a great reputation in the area.

Rochester’s premier fishing supply, this shop will “hook you up” with all manner of equipment—from fishing rods and lines to lures, baits, and electronics.

This Sag Harbor bait and tackle shop is extremely well-stocked, with the largest supply of salt water flies on Long Island’s East End. The store sells rods, reels, lures, and more, and its experienced employees perform repairs when you need them.

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5 Best Fishing Spots in New York Blessed with two Great Lakes, miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, and rivers teeming with prized fish, New York State is a fisherman’s paradise. Here are 10 excellent spots to cast a line in New York.

Spanning the border between Vermont, Quebec, and the Adirondacks, this long, narrow upstate New York lake is both beautiful and bountiful. It’s a popular place to hook salmon, northern pike, trout, and more.

Clear Creek has over 5.5 miles of public fishing available and the creek is known for its bountiful fish populations. Expect to hook brown and rainbow trout here. The largest brown trout sampled here was 18.3 inches and the largest rainbow trout was 11.3 inches.   

Lake Ontario is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the entire world. It is around 200 miles-long and stretches all the way from the Niagara River to the St. Lawrence River. Expect to find plenty of chinook, trout, bass, coho salmon, and walleye, among other great fish. This is truly a trophy fishing spot in New York State. 

Divided into two sections by the Cannonsville Reservoir, the West Branch of the Delaware River is an optimal destination for snagging bass, rainbow trout, and brown trout. Upstream, the river is stocked with over 14,000 brown trout. Smallmouth bass and rainbow trout are just two types of fish that can be found in the warm waters of the Delaware.

With 106 miles of shoreline and 435 feet of depth, Cayuga Lake is the second largest of the Finger Lakes region. Expect to find a variation of fish here, including both warm and cold water species. Anglers can hook anything from lake trout and Atlantic salmon to channel catfish and lake sturgeon. 

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5 Warm-Weather Fishing Destinations to Escape the Cold When winter drops its icy fingers across the fisheries of the United States, making the water hard in some places or the air just too darn cold in others, many anglers find themselves dreaming of warmer weather. The good news is, you don’t have to wait. If dropping a line through a little hole in the ice isn’t your idea of fun, head south! There are plenty of places where you can enjoy both tight lines and warm weather, all winter long. Here are a handful of warm-weather fishing destinations where you can go to escape the cold.

Islamorada, in the Florida Keys, is the self-proclaimed “Sportfishing Capital of the World”—and you know, it just may be. With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Florida Bay on the other, Islamorada is exceptionally well positioned to offer a tremendous variety of fishing opportunities, including inshore, offshore, reef fishing, and flats fishing. So, whether you’re targeting tarpon, trolling for tuna, or stalking snook, you’ll find a fishery in close proximity to the island. 

The Hadley House Resort, located right on Islamorada, is one of the best lodging values on the key. Hit Florida Bay for some “backcountry” fishing (inshore and flats) with Pirate for Hire Charters, or head offshore on one of Dirty Boat Charters’ trips.

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Venice, Louisiana, is another U.S. fishing Mecca with its own title—alternately known as the Redfish or Fishing “Capital of the World”—that derives from its unique location, which places it at the center of a variety of fisheries: Inshore, offshore, bottom fishing, and even freshwater bass fishing. You could catch a bull redfish and trophy largemouth in the morning and bring home yellowfin tuna steaks for dinner in the afternoon.

Stay at Nicole’s Fishing Bed and Breakfast, which partners with several local houseboats to provide accommodation for visiting anglers. To hunt trophy-size inshore species like bull redfish, tarpon or speckled trout, hook up with Reel Tite Fishing Guide Service. Voodoo Fishing Charters will put you on the offshore species, like yellowfin tuna and mahi mahi.

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The Kona Coast of the Island of Hawaii (the Big Island) is yet-another destination that draws sport anglers from all over the world. Kailua-Kona’s large charter fleet is testament to the large numbers of marlin, tuna, and mahi mahi that make their home in the warm Hawaiian waters. Shore anglers can get in one some of the Big Island’s massive ulua (giant trevally) action—if you can get a local to tell you where to go.

Camelot Kona Fishing Charters is a skilled and respected charter outfit that has been putting people on fish for more than four decades. The Royal Kona Resort, on the bay in Kailua-Kona, is just minutes from the marina and is a great place to stay and relax after a long day on the water. 

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Largemouth anglers have it tough in the winter time, especially in the more-northern latitudes of the United States. Well, here’s some good news to soothe your winter bassin’ blues: One of the Lone Star State’s best largemouth fisheries is located deep in South Texas, along the Mexican border. On Falcon International Reservoir, more commonly called Falcon Lake, the day time air temperatures during the winter months average in the 70s and 80s. You won’t even need a jacket.

Falcon Lake is an impoundment of the Rio Grande, just southeast of Laredo. The 83,000-acre lake is a renowned largemouth bass and catfish fishery. Five and six-pound bucketmouths are not uncommon. If you’re looking for a different kind of challenge, Falcon Lake also supports a decent alligator gar population. The lake does straddle the border, so if you intend to fish in Mexican waters, you will need a Mexico fishing license. If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a boat from Falcon Lake Marina. Lakefront Lodge offers a variety of accommodations, from RV sites to motel rooms and rental cabins.

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St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is another sunny island destination you can reach without a passport. And the flight is definitely worth it! More than 20 IGFA world records have been set by angler’s fishing out of the Virgin Islands, including the women’s all-tackle record for blue marlin, which was set by a 1,073-pound monster billfish. The islands’ location on the edge of the Puerto Rico Trench and in close proximity to the Gulf Stream make the USVI the perfect launching point for hunting big pelagic species, ranging from massive marlin to trophy tuna.

Consider Point Pleasant Resort, not far from Red Hook, for lodging. Double Header Sportfishing will get you out to the fish.

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Start Your Trek: 7 Best Hiking Retailers in New York One of life’s greatest pleasures is spending time in the woods. Whether you’re a leisurely weekend hiker, a heavy-duty backpacker, or something in between, it’s essential to be prepared for a hike with the right gear. Here are 10 great places to buy hiking gear in New York State.

This Adirondacks-region outdoor gear retailer sells anything you need to conquer the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. The store is amply stocked with hiking and backpacking gear, including headlamps, trekking poles, and snowshoes. 

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Thruway Sporting Goods, located in the historic Thruway Shopping Center, has been serving its community high-quality gear for decades. This Walden, New York, store has everything from Columbia backpacks and Black Diamond trekking poles to Garmin compasses and Adventure Medical Kits

Popular with Western New Yorkers who love the outdoors, Gear for Adventure has become the go-to local outdoor gear and apparel retailer for the region. Expect to find everything from apparel to equipment for your next trek. 

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Tents & Trails will prepare you for just about anything. The New York store offers all the hiking essentials like boots, backpacks, and the proper apparel, but it also offers things like first aid kits, hydration packs, and other survival gear, because when you’re an intense hiker, you just never know what kind of situation you could run into. 

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Old Goat Gear Exchange’s mission is to “not only educate you about the gear you’ll be using, but the places you’ll be using it.” Old Goat’s selection of products includes used, new, and sample items. You’ll find brands like Marmot and Outdoor Research and hiking equipment like hydration packs and breathable clothing. 

With five locations in upstate New York, Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company has become a local favorite. Find all the hiking boots, backpacks, maps, and outdoor clothing you’ll need for your next adventure at Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company. Their selection and service are unparalleled. 

Nothing beats this classic Ithaca shop. This family-owned business has been around for over 60 years, providing the public with Smartwool socks, North Face jackets and above all, a personal customer service you won’t find just anywhere. 

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5 Best State Park Campsites in the Northeast Camping in the Northeast (especially in the early fall!) is a bucket list item for avid campers, and if you’ve ever experienced it for yourself, it’s easy to see why. There’s something for everyone here, whether you love the cool, crisp air in the mountains or the shimmering coastline of the Atlantic. Take your gear to these five best state park campsites and experience the beauty and peace of the Northeast in the best possible way.

If you’re into paddling and primitive camping, you’ll want to plan your next adventure here. The 92-mile waterway takes you along a middle-of-nowhere journey that’s nothing short of breathtaking. There are also tons of hiking trails to explore, along with old railroads and trains that make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time.

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The Genesee River and gorge create a beautiful backdrop for camping. In the fall, the bursts of bright orange, red, and yellow along the river gorge make the entire trip worthwhile. With river rafting and more than 66 miles of hiking trails, it’s no surprise this park has been voted the number one attraction in New York State. 

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By far one of the most diverse parks in Connecticut, Rocky Neck is simply stunning year-round. The area is teeming with birds and other wildlife, which are best seen from the viewing platforms in the saltwater marsh. Beautiful beaches, saltwater fishing and swimming, camping, and hiking make this the perfect site for families. 

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One of Vermont’s most visited parks, Little River is a destination for campers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all sorts. The site was once an early settlement that later become flooded, and you can still see the remnants of old saw mills, cemeteries, bridges, and other vestiges.

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Home of the historic Turkey Point Lighthouse, this state park remains a family favorite place to stay and play. Most notable are the miles of diverse hiking trails, including a challenging-yet-rewarding three-mile trek to the White Clay Cliffs that overlook the Chesapeake Bay. 

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5 Impressive ATV Destinations in the Northeast Framed by the Appalachian Mountains and large swaths of hardwood and boreal forests, the Northeast has excellent options for the off-roading enthusiast. Test yourself on tricky obstacle courses. Trudge your way through mud bogs. These challenging and beautiful ATV destinations are some of the most impressive in the Northeast. Here are our favorites. 

Located just outside the village of Berlin, Jericho Mountain State Park is one of the newest additions to the New Hampshire State Park system. The park boasts dozens of miles of trails across beautiful terrain that includes forest, mountains, lakes, and streams. The trails within Jericho Mountain State Park also connect with other local trail networks, such as the Success City Trail, so that riders have near-unlimited room in which to ride and days-worth of exploring to do. Ride-in, ride-out camping is available in the park, near the visitor’s center at Jericho Lake. Every August, the park hosts the annual Jericho ATV Festival, which consists of food, music, and lots and lots of mud. Be sure to check state laws and park rules for licensure, age, and safety gear requirements.

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Tall Pines ATV Park is located in western New York, near the Pennsylvania border. With more than 70 miles of groomed and forested trails—as well as mud bogs and an obstacle course—Tall Pines has something to offer riders of all experience levels. Accommodations, in the form of rental cabins, are located on the Tall Pines premises. The Hann Homestead Inn, just minutes from Tall Pines, offers a lodging alternative.

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Located in western Maine, near the state’s borders with Canada and New Hampshire, “The Forks” is the area surrounding the confluence of the Kennebec and Dead Rivers. Several ATV clubs in the Upper Kennebec Valley joined forces and created an extensive network of trails—stretching all the way to the Canadian border—through this ruggedly beautiful region of the state. Maps of local trails are available from the Forks Chamber of Commerce or online. The trail network is expanded regularly, so be sure to get the most up-to-date maps before setting out. If you need accommodations in the area, Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort is connected to the trail system. Offering lodging, a pub, and ATV rentals, Northern Outdoors makes an excellent basecamp for exploring the hundreds of miles of trails in The Forks area.

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Some of the Northeast’s most impressive ATV trails can be found in the Allegheny National Forest of western Pennsylvania. The trail system contains more than 80 miles of riding room through a forested mountain landscape. Even the most advanced riders will be challenged by the rugged terrain on the 23-mile Penoke Trail loop. Novices can enjoy all that the forest has to offer on the 39-mile, out-and-back Timberline Trail or challenge themselves on the more rugged Marienville Trail loop. Camping is available at several places within the forest and near the ATV trails. Locate a campground and make a reservation at Recreation.gov or check the Forest Service website for dispersed camping opportunities. The Forest Lodge and Campground is located within the Allegheny National Forest and offers direct access to the ATV trail system.

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Beartown State Forest is a 12,000-acre expanse of hardwoods located in extreme southwestern Massachusetts. ATV riders can access dozens of miles of multi-use trails and unpaved roads across the area’s low-slung mountains and through the gorgeous wooded landscape. Several lakes, including pristine Benedict Pond are located within the forest’s boundaries. Camping is available inside the state forest, or there are several lodging options, like the Monument Mountain Motel in nearby Barrington.

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