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
Hailed as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park is one of the most popular destinations for all-season, all-terrain hiking in Western New York. The park’s trails follow the Genesee River, with beautiful cliffs, gorges, trails and lush forests surrounding it. 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. Letchworth also provides outdoor opportunities to those with special needs with its Autism Nature Trail, or The ANT for short! It’s a perfect place to take your kids for an afternoon.
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. Take a trek up the 10 mile, dog-accessible Summit Trail for incredible views of Lake Placid and alpine glaciers from one of the highest peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. From the 4,867’ summit you might even see Montreal’s skyscrapers on a clear day!
Bear Mountain State Park
For hiking just outside of New York City, Bear Mountain State Park stretches over 5,200 acres along the west side of the Hudson River. Traverse this rocky terrain for tremendous views of a snowy Hudson Valley and any number of scenic photo spots. 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 snow-covered forests.
Keuka Outlet Trail
Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Keuka Outlet Trail and Preservation area makes for a perfect winter day hike with seven miles of wooded trail following an abandoned railroad corridor. Gorgeous winter woodland scenery, creeks, lakes, abandoned buildings and possibly a few snowmobilers will accompany your hike. Hike these trails during the later winter months and you just might catch a glimpse of the waterfalls majestically frozen-over.
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.