We can’t stress this enough: GET OUTSIDE this season! The Hudson Valley and surrounding areas are absolutely breathtaking once the leaves start to change color. This region is home to some of the top-rated hikes in the entire country, and are quite popular for those looking to escape the city and get out into nature. From steep rock ledges to lakeside carriage trails, all of these hikes offer stunning views and you will have a hard time running out of places to go. We can’t believe we live among all of this beauty!
Our personal favorite is Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County, NY which is about 90 minutes from New York City. One day does not do this place justice so we will be posting separately about this amazing area that is worth taking a weekend getaway!
Be sure to download the app AllTrails and get hiking! Continue reading for more of our favorites!
Bear Mountain State Park is by far the most popular (ie: crowded) but is worth the trip for top of the world views – you can see the New York City skyline! – plus the many other activities offered throughout the park. (We love their annual Oktoberfest!)
If challenging rocky hikes are more of your thing, you can’t miss the insanely fun Labrynth & Lemon Squeeze at Mohonk Mountain House (warning: Mohonk’s not cheap), Anthony’s Nose overlooking the Bear Mountain Bridge from Peekskill, and the extremely difficult but incredibly rewarding Breakneck Ridge in Cold Spring. Update: we are disappointed to report that Breakneck Ridge has been closed indefinitely while the parks service “gets a handle on things” and makes repairs…stay safe everyone!
For awesome views without the climb, your best bet is the worlds longest elevated pedestrian bridge Walkway over the Hudson which connects the Dutchess Rail Trail and Hudson Valley Rail Trail
Hike the Hudson Valley is the go-to resource for all of the best hiking spots in the area. With step-by-step guides for up to 74 (!) hikes, photos, and tips, this is the perfect way to plan for a great hike. The recommended hikes are all perfect for a day trip.
For more info, check out Hudson Valley Magazine’s Top 30 Hiking and Biking Adventures
While most are hikers would prefer traveling the short drive to the Hudson Valley, there are still plenty of trails close by offering stunning lake views and tons of scenery while still being challenging. These may be less popular but many people would prefer nature over crowds!
Lilinonah Trail in Newtown
Saugatuck Valley Trail in Weston
Devils Den Preserve in Weston/Redding
Don’t forget to check for ticks! Our favorite method is to run a lint roller over yourself when you get back to the car – just in case any sneak onto your clothes.
Looking for other like-minded hikers? Check out the wildly popular meetup group Hudson Valley Hikers or the Westchester Trails Association. If you are a newbie, be sure to check out the REI Outdoor School for classes and trips!
Next up: There’s nothing like a cold beer and a great meal after a long hike. We show you where to refuel!