Currently based in New York City, Janina Casey has worked as a financial professional for more than 20 years. Outside of her professional pursuits, Janina Casey enjoys participating in outdoor activities like golfing and hiking.
Despite New York City’s status as a large urban area, there are some great places to go for an outdoor hike not more than an hour from the five boroughs. Here are a few of the best spots for a hike near New York City.
Harriman State Park
Just 30 miles outside of the city, you’ll find New York state’s second-largest park, Harriman State Park. The park is filled with more than 100 different hiking trails great for hikers of all levels, as well as spectacular views and local wildlife.
Ninham Mountain Fire Tower
For a nice, easy hike that offers incredible views of the Hudson River Valley and sometimes a glimpse of the Catskill Mountains in the distance, try the trail up to Ninham Mountain Fire Tower. Just a mile and a half long, with a 400-foot elevation gain, it is an easy hike for beginners. For those who are more advanced, it is short enough to allow you to head out on another, more challenging hike on the same day.
Storm King State Park
Around an hour and a half north of New York City lies Storm King State Park. Mostly known for its incredible outdoor sculpture garden, Storm King State Park also has several hiking trails. The trails are appropriate for beginners through those with moderate experience. The park also offers lovely views of the Catskills and the Hudson River Valley.