Skip the black hole of shallow listicles and use these resources to find great hiking near NYC. A quick Google search on “hiking near NYC” will open up the listicle floodgates and you’ll soon find yourself sifting through endless iterations of the “Top Ten Hikes You MUST Try Or Else You’ll DIE!” It’s an #SEO train that everyone and their mom is aboard.
A quick Google search on “hiking near NYC” will open up the listicle floodgates and you’ll soon find yourself sifting through endless iterations of the “Top Ten Hikes You MUST Try Or Else You’ll DIE!” It’s an #SEO train that everyone and their mom is aboard. (Wait, isn’t Curbed a real estate site?)
It’s not that you won’t find good ideas there, but it’s all a bit overwhelming, repetitive, and incomplete. To really get out to a great hike, you need a trusted source, validated ratings, and proper directions.
We rounded up the internet’s best resources for hiking near NYC (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) and put them all in one place – highlighting the best ones. (Spoiler: Hike the Hudson Valley and AllTrails are all you need).
You deserve more than shallow listicles! Bookmark this page or one of the top resources below and avoid the Google time suck next time you’re looking for a good day hike.
We could probably just write a blurb on HtHV and end the article, feeling satisfied we left you in good hands. Mike Todd’s guides to the Hudson Valley area hikes are very helpful, highly entertaining, and easily searchable by preference. He typically focuses on hikes that appeal to the casual hiker (i.e. 3-6 mile day hikes that don’t leave you hating your life). Unless you’ve covered most of the region’s hikes, we don’t see much reason to use any other resource.
New Jersey tends to get overlooked for hiking (and for everything else), but it has a plethora of scenic options and has a later foliage season. NJ Hiking has years worth of high quality, useful hiking content. For hiking in New Jersey, this is the equivalent to Hike the Hudson Valley: you really don’t need anything else.
If you’ve done more than one hike in your life, then AllTrails likely doesn’t need an intro. With more trail-specific reviews than any other platform, it still remains the easiest tool to find specific hikes by park and state. Besides ratings, the Google-linked trailhead locations are invaluable and the comments from other hikers help to clarify recent conditions.
REI’s web & mobile-based hiking app is a more data-focused, guide-based approach than AllTrails. REI is a brand that carries trust and quality with anything it does, so it’s no surprise that the app is so highly rated. Besides having an extensive database of hikes, it’s offline functionality helps to keep you on the trail once you’re out there. The only downside is that its trails aren’t always populated with many ratings.
The NYNJTC has a pretty nifty hike finder that lets you filter by trail type and difficulty, plus extensive lists for hikes in New York and New Jersey. However, the site is a bit clunky and isn’t great for discovery. We’d recommend keeping their detailed guides handy for your hike once you’ve found a trail on another site.
Gotta get that shameless plug in! For hiking, our growing database of weekend trip ideas certainly isn’t up to par with the resources above. However, unlike those options, you’ll find more than just hikes and state parks. For many, a day or weekend trip outside – hiking or otherwise – fills the prescription. In addition to state parks, we’re collecting non-traditional nature spots like Manitoga, Stone Crop Gardens, and Art Omi.
These may not be as user-friendly as those above, but all provide extensive information for their regions that serve as useful cross references.
Listicles aren’t useless; they’re just incomplete. They give you a taste and then send you off on your way to find the rest of the info yourself.
That said, you can still find good stuff in them. For no particular reason, we rounded up the ones that pop up the most. If using these, you’ll probably want to cross reference with the above resources to get the full info you need.
Which one of these is the most useful? Well, they all tend to overlap with each other and leave you with a lot of choices. If you’d like to find a hike that fits your preferences, scroll up.
There really should be a better resource for hiking without a car, but until there is, here are some useful links. The reality is that the most convenient hikes that you can get to without a car or a complicated bus route are going to be packed (e.g. Breakneck Ridge or Mt. Beacon). If your search is wider than hiking, check out Plans’ growing list of outdoor activities you can get to without a car.
Are we missing any useful resources for finding great hiking near NYC?
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