New York is home to a plethora of scenic mountains, woodlands, waterfalls and parks that make for perfect winter hiking destinations. If you’re looking to get outdoors during the cold season, grab your boots and bundle up for these winter hikes in New York!
Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park is one of the most popular destinations for all-season hiking in Western New York. The park’s trails follow the Genesee River with beautiful cliffs, gorges, trails and lush forests surrounding it. Hike through the “Grand Canyon of the East” or take the trails in the surrounding forest to explore the gorge’s three major waterfalls. During the winter months, the gorge is especially beautiful with frozen waterfalls and a white snow dusting the trees.
Glen Iris Inn, located in Letchworth State Park, offers accommodations year-round at three beautiful properties: Stone House, Chalet House and Caroline’s Cottage. Each property offers beautiful rooms with stunning views for a charming overnight stay.
Whiteface Mountain is a winter haven for those who enjoy skiing, sledding, ice skating and challenging winter hiking trails. Experienced hikers can travel to the top of the mountain for incredible views of Lake Placid and alpine glaciers from one of the highest peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.
Bear Mountain State Park
A short drive from New York City, Bear Mountain State Park stretches over 5,200 acres of the rugged mountainous terrain along the west side of the Hudson River. Choose from the park’s numerous pet-friendly trails, where you can meander along the river, hike to the mountain’s summit, or travel through the surrounding lush forests.
Keuka Outlet Trail
Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Keuka Outlet Trail makes for a perfect winter day hike with seven miles of wooded trail following an abandoned railroad corridor. Gorgeous winter woodland scenery, waterfalls, creeks, lakes, abandoned buildings and possibly a few snowmobilers will accompany your hike.
Fahnestock Winter Park
Nestled in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Fahnestock State Park is a hot spot for generous snowfall and winter hikes in New York. Experience the beauty of the Hudson Highlands in the park’s 16,000-acre territory designated to hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The Winter Park offers a leisurely path as well as a challenging uphill hike that follows the Appalachian Way.