Fall is on its way, and with it the promise of foliage, fresh air, flannels, and some rugged outdoor adventure. Consider the following rail-to-trail routes that you can access just by hopping on Metro-North, from the nation’s first Natural History Landmark, to a birder’s paradise, to a glamping hideaway.
With 178 state parks in New York, there are literally THOUSANDS of hiking trails to choose from. But don’t sweat it (or, um, do). We scouted, skinned our knees a little, and consulted an outdoor adventure expert to uncover the best upstate hikes worth a getaway, including trekking to the Devil’s Hole whirlpool in Niagara Falls, summiting the famous Saranac 6, and wandering through an under-the-radar wildlife sanctuary.
Nothing stirs a climber’s soul quite like a beautiful summit. John Muir put it best when he wrote, ‘The mountains are calling and I must go.’ But if you want to enjoy a high-altitude escape – perhaps at the very top of the world – it’ll take much more than just willpower.
So you’ve hiked Breakneck Ridge... now... what? Well, now this: seven spectacular hikes offering rewarding views, plenty of surprises (hello, waterfall nudists!), and few, if any, other people on the trail. (Well, except for those naked people.)
There’s no reason to yell “Car back!” on America’s rail trails, where the bike is king of the road. On these 10 routes, take in the spectacular scenery as you bike into the old American Wild West, out of major cities along historic trails and canals, and through one of the country’s most majestic coastal national parks.
There’s no reason to yell “Car back!” on America’s rail trails and bike paths, where the bike is king of the road. On these 10 routes, take in the spectacular scenery as you bike into the old American Wild West, out of major cities along historic trails and canals, and...