Camp Smith Trail is the most rugged trail in Westchester County and a great way to reach Anthony’s Nose, with panoramic views along the way.
This is a great loop hike with a big reward to effort ratio featuring two waterfalls – including the tallest in Pennsylvania – and dramatic views along a cliff of the winding Delaware River, Kittatinny Mountain, and even High Point in New Jersey.
This out-and-back hike in Harriman State Park provides some great views and can be done as a day hike or a relatively easy and kid-friendly overnight backpacking trip.
Panoramic views from Catfish Fire Tower, ridgeline views along the Appalachian Trail, a pond with beaver activity, and rhododendron tunnels.
A 4 mile hike through forest and swampy areas that features Tripod Rock, a 180-ton boulder that appears almost impossibly balanced on three smaller boulders, and several other interesting large glacial erratics.
A 6 mile loop that climbs to Beacon Fire Tower and Lambs Hill filled with history, ruins, and views of the Hudson Valley and beyond..
An easy out-and-back hike that passes remnants of Thomas Edison’s old mining complex to an overlook of the Sparta Mountain wetlands.
An easy, kid-friendly hike around Liberty Marsh – an impoundment that attracts migratory shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors – with an optional 1 mile extension through puncheon walkway through swamp.
This hike offers dramatic views from the cliff “Almost Perpendicular,” visits the historic Claudius Smith Den, passes the interesting rock formation Elbow Brush and features panoramic views from the cliff Almost Perpendicular
Mount Tammany offers perhaps the best view in New Jersey, overlooking the winding Delaware River and Mt. Minsi on the Pennsylvania side. Park in the Dunnfield Creek parking lot in the Delaware Water Gap and look for the Tammany Trail sign. Take the Red Dot Trail up and the Blue Dot Trail down for a 3.5 mile hike. Expect to have a lot of company on this trail.
A moderately-difficult hike filled with history, ruins, and panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and beyond from the Beacon Fire Tower.
Gertrude’s Nose & Millbrook Mountain is one of the best hikes in the region with an elevation gain of over 1500 feet.
Dramatic views of the Delaware River and Mt. Tammany, cascades, and a waterfall make this Mt. Minsi hike one of the best in the area.
Featuring panoramic vistas along rocky outcroppings, glacial erratics, a lake, and caves, this hike in Jenny Jump State Forest is full of views, legend, and history.
It’s easy to see why Kaaterskill Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the Catskills. Paired with a loop to Inspiration Point along the Escarpment Trail, this is one of the most rewarding hikes, hands down.
The 3.9 mile Castle Loop trail visits the Van Slyke Castle ruins and Ramapo Lake and provides great views of the Ramapo and Wyanokie Mountains. The shorter out-and-back hike to the ruins is a kid-friendly favorite.
This 5.5 mile loop in Ringwood State Park visits five ponds, a large rock outcropping, and two viewpoints at the crest of Mount Defiance.
Just to the south of Breakneck Ridge, Bull Hill (or Mount Taurus) offers rock scrambles and amazing views of the Hudson River, Storm King Mountain, Breakneck Ridge, and Cold Spring.
This lollipop loop of West Ridge and Bearfort Ridge offers a multitude of ridgeline view and visits two glacial lakes.
An easy, kid-friendly stroll through a wooded area featuring a swinging bridge over a stream and the historic site of a major Revolutionary War battle.
The Burnt Meadow Trail is a moderate 3-mile loop featuring a spectacular view of the Monksville Reservoir and Wyanokie Mountains.
This shortest route to Sunfish Pond is via this strenuous hike up the Garvey Springs Trail.
Overview: This is a great beginner one-night backpacking trip or a 7 mile out-and-back hike
Overview: This 5-mile out-and-back hike follows a unique and picturesque section of the Ramapo Dunderberg Trail,
This loops features some of the most picturesque views Sterling Forest has to offer, including panoramic views of Greenwood Lake from Bare Rock Vista and the chance to climb the historic Sterling Fire Tower with views in every direction.
Overview: A moderately easy figure-eight loop in the southern end of Norvin Green State Park that
A 9 mile loop with ridge-line views of Sterling Lake and the surrounding hills and panoramic views from the top of Sterling Fire Tower.
A 7.4 mile lollipop loop hike passing Revolutionary War era ruins, climbing Big Beech Mountain with views of the Wyanokies, and passing the wildlife-rich Jennings Hollow, including an active beaver lodge.
Overview: This loop combines the best view in the state at the top of Mt. Tammany,
Walk a ridge with nice views and a few scrambles, go through a rhododendron tunnel, visit a glacial lake, and enjoy a view of Greenwood Lake from a ridge – one of the best views in the state.
See the tallest waterfall in New Jersey and enjoy a steep hike up to Hemlock Pond.
This nearly 8-mile loop climbs a total of 2,300 feet and delivers view after spectacular view of the Hudson River and Hudson Highlands. And is there any mountain with a cooler name than Storm King? I dare you to think of one. You’re right: Breakneck Ridge. But still, Storm King is pretty great, too.
“The Torne” is a small mountain with a bald top. After a steep hike along the Time-Torne Trail in which you’ll gain 500 feet in less than half a mile, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic vistas of the Hudson River, West Point, Bear Mountain, and Harriman State Park. At the top is a stone cairn memorial to fallen U.S. service members. You can carry a rock uphill to add to the cairn, which has been getting larger each year.
Breakneck Ridge is an incredibly popular hike so don’t expect to get the trail to yourself. The steep rock scramble ascent will get your heart pumping quickly and you’ll be rewarded with great views of the Hudson River. It’s about a 3 mile loop, but all the action is in the first mile.
Overview: One of the best hikes in New Jersey – Wyanokie High Point, with a
Overview: One brisk March morning, my friend and I set out for a morning hike
This 21 mile hike crosses the “drowned lands” of New Jersey from High Point State
This 16 mile section of the AT passes Sunfish Pond and the backpackers campground in
This 5.8 mile loop passes a dramatic 25-foot waterfall and Washington Rock, where a 1780 bonfire warned the Continental Army about a British attack.