New Yorkers aren’t the kind of people that let a little thing like cold weather and snow keep them from enjoying the outdoors. In fact, most people who live in the state actually embrace winter and all of the adventurous opportunities that it presents. Fortunately, New York is a state that is blessed with some amazing outdoor playgrounds, including the Adirondacks, the Finger Lakes, and the Catskills Mountains. Each of those destinations offers plenty of great hiking all year long, but in the winter they are especially beautiful and captivating. So put on some warm layers, grab your favorite jacket, and lace up your boots.

1. Cascade Mountain

Cascade Mountain is located in the Adirondacks and is a popular hike during the warmer months of the year, often drawing hundreds of visitors on its busiest days. In the winter however, it is far less crowded, but no less spectacular. The 5.6 mile Cascade Mountain Trail is an out-and-back hiking route that takes visitors up to the summit where they are afforded 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside. In the winter, those areas are often covered in a fresh blanket of snow, giving it a pristine, glimmering look that is tough to match. Expect to spend 2-3 hours trekking to the summit on a trail of moderate difficulty.

2. Bear Mountain State Park

Located not far from New York City, Bear Mountain State Park is easily accessible, even for urbanites. It stretches out across 5000-acres of mountainous terrain with numerous hiking trails to explore throughout the park. Take the 4.2-mile Bear Mountain Loop trail to the summit of its namesake peak and you’ll experience some epic views of the surrounding countryside, including the Hudson River meandering by below. The hike is a moderate walk during the warmer seasons, and a bit more challenging during the winter, with a steep approach to the top. Your efforts will be rewarded however with breathtaking scenery from the summit.

3. Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area


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