New York captivates with its sprawling national parks, twinkling city lights, and vibrant urban beaches. But locals know that some of New York’s prettiest spots are tucked away from the crowds. In fact, New York offers some of the most enticing and remote natural beauty in the country, making it an idyllic getaway for lovers of the great outdoors. But when it comes to our state’s thousands of scenic lakes, we couldn’t possibly pick a favorite! So, we turned to our New York Only readers and asked them to nominate their picks for the most gorgeous bodies of water in New York. And you delivered! From New York’s crowning jewels to under-the-radar hidden gems, here are 16 of the most beautiful lakes in New York as voted by YOU:

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This short list doesn’t even come close to showcasing all of the most beautiful lakes in New York… but you won’t find views like these anywhere else, that’s for sure! A huge thank you to everyone who sent in their photos and stories – we loved them all! To see more gorgeous photos and scroll through the (literally) hundreds of nominees, check out our original post on New York Only and give our page a follow. Or, join our New York Nature Lovers group to see even more of the most beautiful places in the Empire State!

If you’re having a hard time choosing where to start, take this New York Lake Road Trip Through the Adirondacks

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