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Best Hiking Trails in Upstate New York

From sparkling lakes to lush valleys, Upstate New York is home to many of nature's beauties. Here you can also enjoy the best hiking trails through its diverse natural terrains, that will give you a break from the busy city life.
Located in Ulster County, New York, this 7.8 miles trail is part of the Burroughs Range of the Catskill Mountains. Here you can enjoy the breath-taking views from Wittenberg Mountain Ledge and Ashokan Reservoir.
Wittenberg Mountain
This 6.2 miles scenic trail in Kaaterskill Wild Forest begins just outside Palenville, New York.This hike will lead you to several scenic waterfalls and panoramic views from Hudson valleys Maeli’s lookout to Ella’s ledge.
Poet’s Ledge
Located in Meads Mountain Road,NY this 4.8 miles popular trail is along a gravel road. Along the way you can enjoy exceptional views from Overlook’s Fire Tower and cliff edge of the Catskill Mountains.
Overlook Mountain
The 31 miles adventurous trail challenges you to climb the 6 Adirondack mountains and you can become the official 6er after completing it. Along the way you can witness outstanding views of mountains and lake.
Saranac Lake 6er
Mount Marcy is the tallest mountain in NY and to reach there, the shortest route is Van Hoevenberg Trail, 7.4 miles one way and the reward will be excellent views of Mount Colden, Avalanche Mountain, and Wright Peak.
Mount Marcy
Located near Fort Ann, New York, this 7 miles heavily trafficked loop trail is a moderate hike with a few steeper switchbacks and wonderful views of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier and the surrounding lakes.
Sleeping Beauty Mountain
The beautiful Falls is 260 feet in height, this tallest waterfall in New York also made a cameo in Washington Irving's “Rip Van Winkle”. This 2.5 miles trail located near Elka Park, has moderately steep slope at the base of the falls.
Kaaterskill Falls
This 8 to 9-mile loop is an intermediate hike through the Minnewaska State Park along with waterfalls lake, and wildlife! The name Sam’s point was given, as a guy survived after jumping off the cliffs.
Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls
Located near High Falls, New York, this 1 mile trail is a short, intense, moderate trail where you will have to hike through a myriad of huge rock piles featuring Labyrinth Creek, waterfall and extraordinary views of Mount Hood.
Labyrinth Trail
This vaguely schnoz-shaped hill located across the Hudson River in Bear Mountain, has a 2.6 mile Appalachian Trail offering fantastic views of views of the Hudson River and the best overlooks in the Hudson Valley.
Anthony's Nose

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