Best Hikes in the New York City Area

Bear Mountain Bridge, Cortlandt, NY, USA
Bear Mountain Bridge, Cortlandt, NY, USA. Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

Are you dying for a bit of nature after being surrounded by buildings and traffic all day, every day? Did you know the concrete jungle also has some pretty awesome hikes? Well, okay, they’re not exactly in the city, but they are pretty close! You can easily take a train or drive to these locations from NYC. 

Breakneck Ridge

This is one of the most popular hikes in the New York City area, and it’s totally understandable why! If you love a challenging (and adrenaline-inducing) hike, this one is great. A steep climb is totally worth the picturesque views from the top!

Bear Mountain

The Bear Mountain Loop Trail is another favorite in the area, although this one is considered more moderately challenging. You can even bring your dog, as long as it stays on a leash.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail is much more of a stroll than a hike, but it doesn’t make it any less beautiful! You can jog, walk, push a stroller, or bike along this trail that leads to a beautiful historical landmark. 

Pine Meadow Lake

Located in Harriman State Park, the Pine Meadow Lake trail is a great way to experience upstate New York without going too far out of the city! It has great views of the water and a moderately challenging path to keep you entertained.