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6 Best Hiking Trails in New York

By : Jenny Harrison

Bored with the same artificial delights, the indoor activities and places full of a million people? Want to experience the true joys and serenity of nature? Well then, head outside and get in some fresh air and scenic views on these beautiful hiking trails, right in your very own New York City. Not only will you be filled with some clear-headedness, you will also get away from the fast-paced life that you always seem to be running after, yet not catching up with.

We guarantee that these 6 hiking trails will make you visit them again and again.

1.    Malouf’s Mountain Sunset Camp

You will need to ride the Metro North from Grand Central to Beacon if you want to reach the Malouf’s Mountain Sunset Camp. This easy trail provides pretty much everything from forests to casino ruins and even old railway tracks.

What is perhaps best about the Malouf’s camp is that you don’t have to bring anything except for a recharged you, because everything is available for rent right at the campsite. Not in the mood to cook or even grab any snacks? That’s fine because this campground has you covered!

We would advise though that you come in sturdy shoes and bring your camera, or phone so that you can take lots of pictures as the Malouf’s camp is beautiful!

2.    Cushetunk Trail at Round Valley Recreation Area

Situated around one of the deepest and prettiest man-made lakes in New Jersey, also referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of the state, Cushetunk Trail is an approx. 9-mile-long trail. It features both wooded and open areas and you will find some steep incline for all your hiking desires. There is literally something for everyone, with easy trails turning into very tricky ones. No matter what your expertise level may be, you will find something that suits all your needs.

The trail splits into left and right regions where the left side leads to the campgrounds and the right goes further upwards to complete the 9 miles round and comes back to the parking area. You can take your family along but make sure they have lots of water, some light snack and a good pair of shoes on them! If you have a boat or kayak, take that along as you can enjoy on the lake as well.

3.    Appalachian Trail

One of the oldest and most favorite hiking trails in New York is the Appalachian Trail, also known for being the longest in the world. From the state of Georgia, it runs right next to the Bellvale Mountain Range. This is about a 90-minute drive from New York City. You will get to see amazing wildlife on this gorgeous trail. From beavers to bears, deer to elk, you will connect with a huge animal kingdom in this region.

Since the trail is so long, you can only choose the first few to complete a short trek and return. If you are in for the entire day, well then, complete as much of the trail as you see fit. Just make sure you arrive in proper hiking gear with the right shoes and lots of water bottles.

4.    Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trails

This trail is only about half an hour’s drive away from the Watkins Glen State Park. There are 5 different trails here that you can choose from. Keep in mind though that even though these trails are short, they can get you winded within no time. But when you reach the top, the view will take your breath away.

There are exquisite pools here of the Buttermilk Falls, so don’t forget to keep your swimwear with you. Beware the rocks though as they are very slippery and can cause damage. Bringing along some picnic food and drinks will ensure an entire day’s worth of an amazing outing that you will want to come back to again and again with both family and friends. 

5.    Ice Caves (Cragsmoor, Ulster County)

This place can get quickly crowded, which is why you will need to go early to get some alone time. At Sam’s Point, the Ice Caves are always cold and you may even see the ice during the summer vacations. The trail is easy to climb and if you are a veteran hiker, you may not think of them as tempting, but the view is beautiful. You get to pass through caves and huge stones, therefore be sure to bring in lots of flashlights and batteries. Water bottles and some light snacks will also come in real handy.

Good news is that you will easily get your hands on trail maps and restrooms at the visitor center near the parking lot area.  

6.    Watkins Glen State Park Gorge Trail

If you are new at this hiking game and are more interested in mind-blowing scenery rather than a difficult trail, then Watkins Glen State Park is the place for you. Less than 1 & ½ mile long, it is believed to be the hike that you can take with your kids or furry family. From greenery to waterfalls, stone steps to caverns you will find pretty much everything that your heart desires. You would enjoy it as much alone as with company!

So what are you still thinking about? Pack your tent camping essentials and head outdoors the moment weekend hits you. You will never want to indulge in shopping malls once you realize how much these New York hiking trails have in store for you. Just be sure to take friends along or someone who has already been on a hike before so that they are there to help you if it gets too overwhelming for you at your first trial. Enjoy!

Author Bio : 

Jenny Harrison is a passionate technology and lifestyle blogger. She loves to get engaged with the readers who are seeking for home, lifestyle and tech related information on the internet. She is a featured blogger at various high authority blogs and magazines in which she shared her research and experience with the vast online community. Currently she is associated with White Duck Outdoors, an online camping tent shop that offers top quality canvas and bell tents and other outdoor camping gears. Follow her on twitter @MJennyHarrison for more updates.

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