4 Places to Go Hiking Near NYC
Are you getting stressed out living in the Big Apple and need a break? Going on a day walking/hiking trip is a great way to de-stress and refocus yourself for success. We have included two that are within two hours and two that are right in the city so you can pick depending on your time limits.
Breakneck Bridge Loop
Located in Dutchess County, this spot is within an hour distance and able to be accessed by public transportation. It is a really tough hike requiring you to be alert and climb slippery rock ledges. Do not go tired. You can see the Hudson River as well as mountains and it is a gorgeous hike. It is not the best one for a novice however so take note.
Pelham Bay Park
This park may be located in the Bronx but it is a great local hike. It is the city’s largest park and is 3 times the size of Central Park. There is 13 miles of coastline, forests within the city and meadows. There is miles of trails you can walk on and you can bring along a kayak/canoe as well to take off at their launch site with. It really is a gem within the city.
Mohonk Mountain House
If you have 2 hours to take a drive to somewhere really visually appealing, then head on up to New Paltz, NY and check out Mohonk Mountain House. The trails range from a mild walk to extremely strenuous, with rock scrambling included as a core part of the hike. There are some parts that require experience if you choose a more difficult path. There is a clear blue lake next to the mountain house. You walk on a lot of cliff edges and there is plenty of mountain and lake views.
This area of Staten Island has 35 miles of connected and marked hiking trails. Depending on how long you want to walk for, you can do anywhere from a small loop to a 12 mile walk. It is a network of parks that keep an area of the city natural and able to be enjoyed by the public.