To explore/hike on DEC lands, see the Places to Go page.
From breathtaking mountain views to city skylines, lush forests to miles of coastline-New York has a diverse landscape and what better way to see it than by hiking. There are thousands of miles of trails across the state for hikers of all abilities, whether you want to hike the Appalachian Trail or take the family out for an afternoon adventure.
Adrenaline junky? Try to hike all 46 of the Adirondacks highest peaks or go rock climbing the Shawangunks in the Catskills. Hike the Appalachian Trail, the Long Path or the North Country National Scenic Trail and follow a path through history. Stroll the sandy dunes of Long Island or the shores of Lake Ontario.
Love the snow? Snowshoe the Tug Hill Plateau or one of our 446 state forests.
Hikers aren't the only ones to enjoy our diverse habitats, so be sure to bring your binoculars. With more than 60 species of mammals and 250 bird species, the wildlife is there for the watching. See New York's Watchable Wildlife page.
New to hiking or rock climbing? Find a DEC licensed guide.
Watch a clip about hiking essentials on DEC TV.
More about Hiking:
- Great Spring Hikes - Explore a great spring hike in locations across New York state.
- Great Winter Hikes - Explore a great winter hike in locations across New York state.
- Adirondack Trail Information - Trail information, closures and other notices for trails in the eastern 3/4 of the Adirondacks (DEC Region 5)
- Catskill Hikes and Trail Information - Popular hiking trails in the Catskills
- Outdoor Safety - Tips for planning, packing, what to bring, wear and what to do in case of trouble for those venturing outdoors.
- Trails Supporter Patch - The public may support trail maintenance projects across the state by purchasing the $5 patch.
- Adirondack Rock Climbing Route Closures - Adirondack rock climbing routes closed by DEC due to Peregrine Falcon nesting activities