5 Amazing Hikes in Upstate New York

New York has close to 200 state parks and even more hiking trails which makes it very tough to decide which hike is the best. However we have scoped out many of our local trails and consulted with many seasoned hikers to come up with our top 5 list. These trails can offer amazing views, hidden wildlife sanctuaries, and a feel of being away from it all.

Hike: Cascade Moutain
Location: Adirondacks
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.5 Miles

Cascade Mountain is a very popular hike and for good reason.  The reward at the top is amazing views of the Great Range.  In the summer months and on weekends it however can draw a large crowd making parking difficult.  Walks of close to half a mile just to reach the trail are not uncommon so plan ahead and try to get their early or visit on an off day.  Overall this is a moderately difficult hike but can still be down with younger children and can be done in less than 6 hours round trip, and much less if you are an experienced hiker.


Hike: Gorge Trail
Location: Watkins Glen State Park
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.5 Miles

The Gorge Trail Hike in Watkins Glen State Park is another awesome hike with moderately difficulty.  Along the way you will see beautiful bridges, waterfalls, and amazing cliffs.  This hike is best done in the during Spring until the beginning months of Fall.  While the drive can be quite far for some, it is well worth it and will leave you truly mesmerized.


Hike: Overlook Mountain
Location: Woodstock
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Length: 5 Miles

This amazing hike is accessible year round and the scenery can also change with the seasons.  The hike itself is very popular which can making parking difficult and bring high trail traffic, but it is worth it, everyone should hike it at least once in their lifetime.  Once you get close to the top of the trail there are cool ruins to explore.  The remains of what was once the Overlook Hotel built in 1833 are one of the main attractions near the top as well as remains of an old ranger cabin and some awesome views.


Hike: Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail
Location: Ithaca
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.5 Miles

The Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail is another hike you should put down on your list to hike if you have not already.  It is a moderately difficult trail and also fairly popular but not as busy as some of other hikes we have on our list. This hike has some of the best waterfalls you can find in the area and is also a popular swimming hole in the summer months.  Swimming here and just seeing the waterfalls makes the place feel absolutely magical.


Hike: Ausable Chasm
Location: Keeseville
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.5 Miles

Audible Chasm “The Grand Canyon of The Adirondacks” is almost like a theme park of hiking but is something we could not keep off of our list.  The adventure trail allows you to explore regions of the park not accessible by any of the park other trails and is a fully guided tour and not for the faint of heart.  You will cross cable bridges, climb cargo nets, and walk on the edge of cliffs with a spectacular view of the river below.