Discover Outdoors founder Kirk shares his favorite hikes accessible by train, Adirondack Mountain Club’s Paul offers his favorite overnight hike, and Georgette from NYNJ Trail Conference shares her favorite mountain to summit.
Experience the “Jewel of the Peconic”, Sunken Forest, a mansion owned by the first monarch of Albania, ocean side trails and the best place to have a cold brew after a day of hiking.
Only 30 miles from Manhattan, Harriman State Park is the second largest park in New York with over 200 miles of hiking trails. What was once slated to be the site of a state prison now contains a portion of the Appalachian Trail, 31 lakes, diverse wildlife, and some of the most remote wilderness in the Northeast.
With its close proximity to New York City (only an eighty-minute train ride from Grand Central), stunning vistas of the Hudson, Storm King Mountain, Mount Taurus and West Point Academy, it’s no wonder why Breakneck Ridge is an immensely popular hiking destination for those seeking to escape the frenetic city pace, if just for a day.
Built on top of the large masonry tunnel that brought 100 million gallons of clean water to Manhattan every day from 1842 to 1958, the Aqueduct Trail is a year-round delight.
Keep this in mind for that next bright morning, when the fresh air inspires an adventurous romp through the woods. Without leaving the five boroughs and while still avoiding the crowds, the best place to embrace the verdant landscapes is Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, a 35 minute ride from midtown to the last stop on the #1 train at 242nd street.
The breathtaking, 1538-acre Blue Mountain Reservation is right in town, with miles of fresh air for hikers and bikers, including the unpaved, 12-mile Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway, and challenging hikes to the top of peaks Mt. Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain.