Looking for more than a day hike? There are more than a dozen long-distance hiking trails that crisscross New York State, more than half of which traverse parks in the state parks system.
In all, 15 long-distance hiking trails make their way through the state (see a map), providing ample opportunities to explore New York’s outdoors on foot. Trails in bold are those that pass through one or more New York State Parks:
Bristol Hills Trail
Crystal Hills Trail (part of the Great Eastern Trail)
Finger Lakes Trail
Long Island Greenbelt Trail
North Country Trail
Northville Placid Trail
Pine Barrens Trail (Paumanok Path)
Shawangunk Ridge Trail
Taconic Crest Trail
Check out our slideshow and start planning your next (or first!) multi-day hiking trip.
The Appalachian Trail travels nearly 90 miles in New York State. The AT travels through numerous state parks on its journey through the empire state: Sterling Forest, Harriman, Bear Mountain (pictured), Hudson Highlands and Clarence Fahnestock State Parks. Photo: Flickr user palindrome6996.
Start your journey on the Conservation Trail, part of the Finger Lakes Trail, in Allegany State Park, make your way up to Darian Lakes (pictured) and then head west to Beaver Island, Big Six Mile Creek Marine Island Park and Buckhorn Island.
You can cross nine New York State Parks off your list if hiking the Finger Lakes Trail: Allegany, Darien Lakes, Letchworth, Pinnacle, Watkins Glen (pictured), Robert H. Treman, Buttermilk Falls, Bowman Lake and Oquaga Creek State Parks.
The Letchworth Trail, also part of the Fingers Lakes Trail, offers a 25-mile adventure through Letchworth State Park—the Grand Canyon of the East.
The 32-mile Long Island Greenbelt Traill takes hikers from the north shore to the south shore of the center of Long Island and right through Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Sunken Meadow, Caleb Smith, Connetquot (pictured) and Heckscher State Parks.
The Long Path starts in New Jersey and traverses many parks in the Palisades, including Tallman Mountain, Blauvelt (pictured), Hook Mountain, Nyack Beach, Rockland, High Tor, Harriman, Schunnemunk Mountain, and Minnewaska State Parks. The trail continues to Mine Kill before reaching its official end in Thacher State Park.
The 4,600-mile North Country Trail starts in Crown Point State Park and makes its way through the Adirondacks before hitting Pixley Falls (pictured), Delta Lake, and Old Erie Canal State Historic Park. The trail joins with the Finger Lakes Trail through Buttermilk Falls, Robert H. Treman, Watkins Glen, Pinnacle and Letchworth before making its way out of NY in Allegany State Park.
The Pine Barrens Trail (Paumanok Path) offers a completely different view of Long Island, taking hikers from Rocky Point Conservation Area to Montauk Point State Park. In between, hikers traverse Brookhaven, Sag Harbor, Napeague, Hither Hills, Hither Woods, Montauk Downs, Shadmoor (pictured) and Camp Hero State Parks. Photo: Flickr user spacebarpark.
Starting in a state park in New Jersey, the Shawangunk Ridge Trail takes hikers along the Shawangunk Ridge, including through New York’s Minnewaska State Park, and offers spectacular views of the Catskills.