Hiking To This One Aboveground Cave In New York Is Like Visiting Another World
So many of our residents choose to live in New York because our state feels like one huge backyard, just waiting for you to explore it. Filled with adventure and memories to last you a lifetime, residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of hikes and trails all across the state. But, perhaps you’re craving something a little more magical than your average stroll through the woods. Maybe, what it is you’re looking for is something that resembles an ethereal slice of heaven. As always, when visiting these natural wonders we want to remind you to be respectful of your surroundings. When taking a visit to this amazing area, it is important to remember the rule of picking up after yourself and leaving no trace behind. You always want to bring out what you’ve brought in! If any of this is making your feet uncontrollably slide into your hiking boots and lunge you towards the door, then Dover Stone Church is the next place to add to your summer bucket list. It’s one of the most incredible cave hikes in New York and you’re going to love it. Let’s check out this cave hike in New York:
Still not fully swooning over this gorgeous area of New York yet? Watch this video below of all the unforgettable scenery waiting for you at Dover Stone Church and witness the magic happening at the 1:30 mark!
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What are the most beautiful hikes in New York?
Those in the know swear that the best way to see New York’s beautiful and diverse landscape is on foot and fortunately there are endless hikes across The Empire State to explore all year round. Naturally, an incredibly popular hiking destination is the Adirondack Mountains, offering outdoor lovers roughly 46 show-stopping high peaks with easy and accessible treks to see Cascade Mountain. In the Finger Lakes region, head just south of Seneca Lake to The Watkins Glen State Park Gorge Trail to take in the area’s amazing scenery on trails well suited for hiking with the whole family. In the Saranac Mountain region, venture out on the paths of the “Saranac Six” where nature lovers will find a two-mile climb up Baker Mountain to gorgeous overlooks and incredible views of Saranac Lake.
Can I hike to abandoned places in New York?
If you love losing yourself in the solitude of abandoned places, New York’s multitude of fascinating and forgotten areas will keep you very busy during the hiking seasons. Amid the 500 acres of Muttontown Preserve in Nassau County discover the deserted ruins of “King Zog's Estate”, once planned to be the family home of Albania’s last monarch after WWII. Unfortunately, they never occupied the grounds. In Stony Point, trek out to Doodletown where you’ll find a unique trail that will lead you to the eerie remnants of residential homes that were abandoned in the 1960s. At The Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale hikers can spend an entire day exploring the mysterious caverns of this expansive old mine.
Which hidden gems in New York should I visit?
New York is home to a wealth of hidden treasures from magnificent natural wonders to fascinating historical archives found in all corners of our state. Tucked away on East 43rd Street in Midtown Manhattan you’ll find a tiny, hidden tropical rainforest surrounded by twelve stories of glass and steel harboring an unlikely urban greenhouse full of lush trees, garden terraces, and pools. Also hidden around the streets of NYC are remnants of the Berlin Wall for modern explorers to discover. Look for these historic landmarks around Madison Avenue, Battery Park’s Kowsky Plaza, and in the gardens of the United Nations Building among other obscure spots.