7 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List In New York

It’s no secret at all that there are countless incredible hikes in New York that give us rewarding views, but sometimes we just need to take it easy and enjoy some leisure time out within the forest. As we’ve shared with you before, we make an effort to try and not repeat hikes that have already been featured in other lists that we’ve put together. Therefore, these are some of the best hikes in new York we’ve managed to never feature on a hiking list before now. With the hope of saving your legs from turning into jelly, here are seven of the best hikes in New York to add to your outdoor bucket list.

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Best Hikes In New York

April 18, 2022

What are some of the most amazing scenic hikes in New York?  

New York is an amazing state with so much natural wonder that it’s kind of tough to decide where to begin. While we’re fairly certain that basically every hike in New York is bound to be a scenic hike in New York, we do have some favorites we’d like to share. Some of our picks for the most amazing scenic hikes in New York state include awe-inspiring adventures like the Cascade Mountain hike in the Adirondack Mountains. It’s a bit easier than other trails in the range, and it’s one of the most popular hikes in the state for plenty of reasons – scenery included. Another absolutely unreal, beautiful hiking trail in New York is the Watkins Glen State Park Gorge Trail, which is short and sweet (under one and a half miles in length) and leads through scenery (including waterfalls) that resemble something out of a fantasy novel more than real life. And, of course, we just have to mention the Appalachian Trail itself; it’s more than 2,000 miles long and every mile of it that weaves through New York is worth the hike. Its intense beauty is something you won’t soon forget.  

What are the best easy hikes in New York?  

Though there are plenty of challenging hikes in New York, there are plenty of nice and easy ones, too, and they tend to be great for hikers of all skill levels. Among our favorite easy hikes in New York are gems like the Five Falls Trail at Fillmore Glen State Park, which is three and a half miles long and leads hikers through some amazing scenery. Another favorite is the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail, which will take you past some beautiful creek views, fascinating abandoned buildings, and more – and it’s not even difficult! Other beloved easy hikes in New York include trails like the Kaaterskill Falls from Laurel House Road hike, which features one of our state’s most awesome waterfalls. The Lake Minnewaska Loop Trail is another great one, and if you prefer to stay in the city, be sure to try the Central Park East and West Drive Loop Trail, too.  

Address: Mount Baker Road, Mt Baker Rd, Saranac Lake, NY, USA
Address: Silver Lake Road, Silver Lake Rd, Au Sable Forks, NY, USA
Address: Coney Mountain, Tupper Lake, NY 12986, USA
Address: Bald Mountain Circle, Bald Mountain Cir, Webb, NY 13420, USA
Address: Stone Church Lane, Stone Church Ln, Dover Plains, NY 12522, USA
Address: Mine Kill Falls, Gilboa, NY 12076, USA
Address: Onanda Park, 4965 Co Rd 16, Canandaigua, NY 14424, USA