The vast territory of the State is full of natural wonders, and many of them do not require much effort to conquer. Here are some great winter trails in the New York state!
Heritage Trail (Adirondacks)
For a less strenuous experience, take a walk through downtown Plattsburgh and visit local shops and restaurants. Take a break, visit the Clinton County Historical Museum (pictured) and the historic Heritage Trail that leads to the riverbank. Weather permitting, enjoy the view of the rivers and Lake Champlain behind and take a bite at one of New York City’s many restaurants and bars. Of course, the Adirondacks offer a variety of scenic trails and views, from the Hudson River to Lake Ontario, but this walk is unforgettable at any time of day.
This popular 2 km loop has enormous advantages: visitors can climb the restored Rondaxe fire tower and enjoy breathtaking views. The 500-foot ascent is slightly steep, but manageable for most hikers, including children, making it one of the most visited in the Adirondacks.
Bald Mountain (Adirondacks)
If you want to climb the Bald Mountain for a longer hike, head to the top of the mountain on the east side of the city. If there are no parking spaces, you should make a backup plan and think about it during the week when it is less crowded.
In late spring and summer, you can see the famous water lily pond, where pink lilies bloom in August, and in late winter and early winter the beautiful, well-maintained trail provides direct access to native flora and fauna. Be sure to follow the Beech Tree Trail to see a variety of trees and plants, as well as some of the most beautiful trees in New York. Enjoy the Hudson River view from the top of Bald Mountain, cross a charming wooden bridge, enjoy the fresh air and enjoy views of Mount Vernon and the city skyline from this picturesque location.
Allegany State Park covers nearly 65,000 acres and offers hiking trails on all levels, several of which are ideal for easy walks in the woods. The Red Jacket Loop in Salamanca is an ideal short walk through the countryside and one of the most popular hiking in winter trails in the New York state. Otherwise, you have access to a variety of hiking trails, many of which are open to the public in winter.
Genesee Riverway Trail (Finger Lakes)
The Genesee Riverway Trail is a picturesque, historic, and cultural heart of Rochester that stretches along the Erie Canal from downtown to Lake Ontario. It passes through a picturesque gorge with three waterfalls and has easy access to Lake Geneva.
Along the 24-mile route, there are eight pedestrian bridges and parks, including four historic parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The route also leads to the New York State Museum of Natural History and the National Park Service. In a curious geographical fact, Ward’s Point on Staten Island offers a nature trail that leads from a forest by the sea to Kill Devil Hills State Park. This is the southernmost point in the state of New Jersey and it also offers one of the most beautiful views of Lake Ontario.
This beautiful nature reserve is a 20-minute drive from Alexandria Bay and offers a variety of hiking trails and stunning views of Lake Ontario and the Hudson River. The park is rich in history, as there was a peace conference in 1776 that tried (and failed) to end the Revolutionary War. Grand Lake Reserve offers nature with long grasses blowing in the wind and views of the Great Lakes and Lake Erie.