Where to Hike Trails in the New York Metro Area


These trails and nature preserves will provide the whole family with exercise and a much-needed breath of fresh air!

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Hiking is a great way to get out and enjoy the fresh air while remaining socially distant! Always call ahead to make sure trails are open, but this is what we know about the status of hiking trails around the New York metro area in the time of coronavirus.   

Hiking Trails in Rockland County

Bear Mountain
Palisades Parkway, Route 9W, 7 Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain
(845) 786-2701
More than 250 miles of hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing trails 

Blauvelt State Park
Highland Avenue, Greenbush Road, Blauvelt
(845) 359-0544
Features 590 acres of undeveloped park land 

Buttermilk Falls: All of the trails are still open but using a one-way system to keep people distant. For example, you'd have to go up the mountain using the Rim trail and down with the Gorge trail.
199 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack
(607) 273-5761
The highlight of the 75-acre park is Buttermilk Falls, of which visitors can hike to the top. 

Clausland Mountain Park
10 Nike Lane, Upper Grandview
This 532-acre park has scenic overlooks

Dater Mountain Nature Park: County parks (except for Flat Rock Park and Hillburn) are open for walking, hiking, and use of grassy areas with groups of 10 or less. Fishing piers, dog runs, and boats are open. Playgrounds, pavilions, restrooms remain closed.  ?
Johnsontown Road, Sloatsburg
(845) 364-2670
The highest elevation offers a view of the Village of Tuxedo, The New York State Thruway, and Orange County.

Demarest Kill Park
57 New Hempstead Road, New City
(845) 364-2670
The 30 acres of heavily wooded land includes a pond, which is stocked annually with Brown Trout.

Eleanor Burlingham Memorial Park
25 Municipal Plaza, Sloatsburg
(845) 364-2670
Features Ramapo River, one of the few canoeable rivers in the metropolitan area

Hook Mountain State Park
Upper Nyack
(845) 268-3020
A bike path runs from Haverstraw Beach State Park to Nyack Beach State Park.

Monsey Glen Park
140 Saddle River Road, Monsey
(845) 364-2670
The hiking trail passes several sandstone Native American caves in which numerous artifacts have been discovered.

Mountainview Nature Park
2 Strawberry Hill Lane, Central Nyack
(845) 364-2670
Scenic views including one of the Tappan Zee Bridge

Nyack Beach State Park: Parking in some lots will be restricted.
698 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack
(845) 358-1316
Features 61 acres of waterfront along the Hudson River

Samuel G. Fisher Mount Ivy Environmental Park

75 Firemens Memorial Drive, Pomona
(845) 364-2670
Hiking along the abandoned railroad bed 

Stony Point Battlefield
Park Road off Route 9W, Stony Point
(845) 786-2521
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-5p; Sunday, 12pm-5pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. The museum, living history camp, and lighthouse will remain closed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tallman Mountain State Park
Route 9W, Palisades
(845) 359-0544
Picnic areas are open, but with a reduced number of tables. All park restrooms are closed. Picnic blankets are allowed, but please keep at least 10 feet away from other picnickers.


Hiking Trails in Westchester County

Beaver Dam Sanctuary Park
135 Beaver Dam Road, Katonah
(914) 666-7004
Walking trails and natural areas, as well as a dog par open to foot traffic.

Blue Mountain
435 Welcher Ave., Peekskill
(914)  862-5275
Public outdoor areas, recreational trails and the Sportsman Center are open. The trail lodge, playground, and grills are closed until further notice.

Choate Sanctuary
Crow Hill Road, Mount Kisco
(914) 666-6503
Trails are open dawn to dusk.

Croton Gorge Park
35 Yorktown Road, Croton-on-Hudson
Visitors are able to hike across a large waterfall.
(914) 827-9568
Park closed on Saturdays and Sundays in conjunction with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Parking lots may close intermittently on high-volume days. Playground and grilling areas closed until further notice, bathrooms are open.    

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights
All of the trails are open, playgrounds are open, grills are available.

George's Island Park
Dutch Street, Montrose
(914) 737-7530
White trail and blue trail are open. Bathrooms and grilling are closed.

Graff Sanctuary
Furnace Dock Road, Cortlandt Manor
(914) 666-6503
Trails are all open as usual, dawn to dusk.

Hudson Highlands Gateway Park
Doris Lee Drive, Cortlandt
(914) 734-1050.
Hiking trails and parks are open, masks and social distancing required. The parks have bathrooms, but the hiking trails don’t. The 352-acre park was formerly a Revolutionary War lookout site. 

Kensico Dam Plaza
1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla
(914) 231-4033
To promote social distancing, one-way traffic is in place on paths and trails. Parking lots may close intermittently on high-volume days.

Mountain Lakes Park
201 Hawley Road, North Salem
(914) 864-7312
Lean-to and tent camping only, rentals available beginning Saturday, June 27. Limited availability due to social distancing protocols. Cabins, cottages, and yurts unavailable until further notice.

Saxon Woods Park
1800 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains
(914) 995-4480
Park passes available Monday through Sunday (except holidays), 10am-4pm with social distancing protocols (Westchester residents only). Playgrounds, ballfields, pavilions, and grills all closed until further notice.

Tibbetts Brook Park
355 Midland Ave., Yonkers
(914) 231-2865 
Park passes available Monday through Sunday (except holidays), 10am-4pm with social distancing protocols (Westchester residents only). Playgrounds, ballfields, tennis courts, pavilions, and grills all closed until further notice.


Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Route 121, Cross River, NY
(914) 864-7317
Lean-to and tent camping rentals available beginning Saturday, June 27. Limited availability due to social distancing protocols, and continuing construction of Lean-to areas. Trailside Nature Museum, park pass office, and grills unavailable until further notice.


Westmoreland Sanctuary
260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco
(914) 666-8448
Trail system and parking lot are open, while museums are still closed until further notice.

Hiking on Long Island

Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park 
440 Montauk Highway, Great River
(631) 581-1002 
Manor house and hidden oak cafe closed until further notice. The arboretum grounds are open during regular hours.

Belmont Lake State Park
Southern State Parkway, Exit 38, North Babylon
(631) 669-1000
All trails open.

Bethpage State Park
99 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Farmingdale
(516) 249-0701

Hiking trails and golf courses are open.

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
581 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown
(631) 265-1054
Hiking trails are open, and the nature museum is closed until further notice.