If you’re planning a romantic city break, consider one of these three day hikes near NYC that will take your breath away, and not just because you’ve conquered a dramatic climb. Pull on your boots, pack a picnic, and discover how easy it is to enjoy a great outdoor adventure without a car.
A Great Catch at Ken Lockwood Gorge
Find paradise in the Ken Lockwood Gorge. When you make your escape from the city, don’t forget to pack your fly fishing rod. This easy 7.5 mile hike will wind along the banks of the South Branch of the Raritan River—passing by train ruins from the nineteenth century—allowing plenty of opportunities to cast your rod a couple of times before enjoying a picnic among the colorful canopy of trees.
Transportation: NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line to High Bridge, NJ
Trail information: New York – New Jersey Trail Conference: Ken Lockwood Gorge and the Columbia Trail
Sunset On Schunemunk
Pack a bottle of wine for sunset on the ridgeline. You and your hiking partner are about to spend dusk crossing over cascading streams and among staggering ridgelines with magnificent views of the northern Hudson Highlands. With 25 miles of trails to choose from, this hike can be as short or as long as you wish.
Transportation: Short Line bus 733 to Mountainville, Orange Co., NY
Trail Information: New York – New Jersey Trail Conference: Schunemunk Mountain State Park
A Rocky and Rewarding Path to Love
With gorgeous panoramic views of the Hudson River, this Breakneck Ridge hike will bring you into the eastern Hudson Highlands. After a challenging, but well worth it climb, take a quick trek up the road to the town of Cold Spring. Celebrate the climb with a rewarding meal by the fire at Le Bouchon before catching the train home.
Transportation: Metro-North to Breakneck Ridge Station. From Cold Spring Station, take Metro-North back to New York City.
Trail Information: AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near New York City “Hudson Highlands State Park- Breakneck Ridge and Bull Hill” page 96-101. New York – New Jersey Trail Conference: Breakneck Ridge Loop