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Hiking In Upstate New York – Our Top 3 Recommended Hikes

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Hiking In Upstate New York - Our Top 3 Recommended Hikes

When most people think about New York their minds immediately go to the bright lights and busy streets of the big city. In reality, upstate New York is a sweeping, beautiful state that has much to offer the outdoorsy and adventurous type. If you can believe it, there are over 150 state parks in New York, which provide hundred and thousands of miles of hiking trails and outdoor adventure. If you’re a little over the hustle and bustle of city life and you’re craving the fresh air of a mountain breeze, check out these hiking destinations that are worth the trip outside of the city.

Devil’s Hole State Park

Hiking In Upstate New York - Our Top 3 Recommended HikesMaybe you’ve been to Niagara Falls, the New York and Canadian side, but there is something here that people tend to miss unless they’re willing to leave the car behind and pull on their hiking boots. Devil’s Hole State Park is actually a park separate from Niagara Falls but it is close enough in distance that you can visit them both in one day. Devil’s Hole is certainly more under the radar than the great, gushing waterfalls. The draw of the outdoors is enough to attract the adventurous type to this trail but the uniquely, circular geographical wonder that formed after the last ice age is what really brings hikers pouring in. There’s even a stone staircase that leads right into the excitement for a closer look. The trails in Devil’s Hole State Park are made up of varying lengths and difficulty, so hikers of all types will find what they’re looking for.

Sam’s Point and Verkeerderkill Falls Trail

Hiking In Upstate New York - Our Top 3 Recommended HikesThis next park is reviewed as difficult and for determined and experienced hikers. That’s not to deter ambitious hikers, though. Located near Pine Bush New York, Sam’s Point and Verkeerderkill Falls Trail is a biting trail full of excitement. The trail will guide hikers through the terrain and past a variety of sights before it leads to Sam’s Point. Sam’s Point is the peak of this trail as the towering rock ledges overhang a breathtaking view. The overlook is not to be missed among the other activities offered throughout the park. Another draw of the trail are the ice caves that, unfortunately, can’t be passed in the winter, but are exciting to see in Spring and Summer. There are several different trails offered here that vary in length from five to eleven miles.

Finger Lakes Trails

Hiking In Upstate New York - Our Top 3 Recommended Hikes

Just because this trail is nearly 1,000 miles long doesn’t mean you have to make the whole trek. At least not in one go. Finger Lake Trails spreads all over the state of New York and it is the longest ongoing path in the state. If you’re looking to catch a glimpse of several state park’s this is the trail for you. Finger Lakes Trail passes by eight of New York’s incredible state parks. There are even connections to other popular trails, such as The North Country National Scenic Trail and The Great Easter Trail. Overall, this trail covers all of your bases. There is something here for everyone, from beginning hikers to experienced, long form hikers. Scattered from the beginning to the end of the trail are fresh starting points and entrances so you can determine just how long you’re on the trail.

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Find a trail that suits you in this list, but don’t stop here. Upstate New York is covered in thousands of miles of hiking trails that range from smooth gravel paths to obscure footpaths, you just have to pick which one is best for you.

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21 Comments

  1. robin rue says

    Our family loves to hike, so if I find myself in the area, we will check these out. They sound great.

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this! We’ve been talking about taking a trip to upstate New York and these sound like great ways to spend our time together.

  3. bill says

    Hiking is a great way to spend time together as a family. We actually live in the area, so I have a feeling we’ll be hitting all of these this summer.

  4. Valerie says

    I have been to New York many times but only to the city. I have heard that upstate New York is beautiful. That picture of Fingers Lakes Trail I would love to see that one. I love hike swear there’s a lot of scenery like waterfalls in that range today.

  5. Lisa Favre says

    As a family, we love hiking together. These 3 locations seem like great places for a good hike. I’ll have to tell my husband and see if he’d like to make a trip of it.

  6. Pam says

    Our family loves hiking together. We would like all of these neat trails.

  7. Sarah @ The Outside Family says

    My family goes on several hikes a year. We have the NE region of the US on our radar, as we seem to always go west. I’m really intrigued by the Finger Lakes Trails – I’m all about some backcountry adventures!

  8. Kristi says

    Will be pinning your post. Looks like some great parks and trails. Would love to go there. Maybe next summer it can be our destination.

  9. Seattle Travel Blogger says

    This definitely looks like something to keep in mind.
    You are correct – when we think of NY, we tend to go straight to the big city idea.

  10. Adrianne Betz says

    I have a friend who is from the area, and he loves this place. NYC really doesn’t speak for the rest of New York state at all. They are two totally different places.

  11. Dawn McAlexander says

    There is some beautiful scenery to be enjoyed up that way it seems. Looking at the pictures, it would certainly be lovely to enjoy!

  12. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane says

    I have saved this post. I love hiking and plan to do a lot more traveling the next few months. Never know when I will get to NY!

  13. Jeanine says

    We love hiking as a family. Would love to go on such A hiking trip and do something like this! Such beautiful scenery!

  14. Amy Desrosiers says

    I love taking hikes with my family too! These are some really scenic options!

  15. Amanda Love says

    It’s nice to be able to hike in places like these from time to time. What’s even nice is if you live near these! I’m sure I’ll take advantage and hike as much as I can.

  16. Carol Cassara says

    I have never hiked in upstate New York before! I didn’t even know about these places! I sure would love to since it’s a great way to appreciate nature.

  17. Janell Poulette says

    This looks like such a great place to clear your mind and get away from the busy city. I have some family upstate so I need to make some time to come here and hike!

  18. Rachel Ferrucci says

    That is so beautiful! Although I like to think I hike, it’s more of following maybe a mile trail. I would love to get into it more.

  19. Kiwi says

    Im originally from NYC and have never taken any sort of hike. Maybe one day I will venture to one of these spots.

  20. Brianne says

    I just love hiking! This is a great list!

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