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
Palisades Parkway, Route 9W, 7 Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain
More than 250 miles of hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing trails
Blauvelt State Park
Highland Avenue, Greenbush Road, Blauvelt
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
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
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
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
Features Ramapo River, one of the few canoeable rivers in the metropolitan area
Hook Mountain State Park
A bike path runs from Haverstraw Beach State Park to Nyack Beach State Park.
Monsey Glen Park
140 Saddle River Road, Monsey
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
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
Features 61 acres of waterfront along the Hudson River
Samuel G. Fisher Mount Ivy Environmental Park
75 Firemens Memorial Drive, Pomona
Hiking along the abandoned railroad bed
Stony Point Battlefield
Park Road off Route 9W, Stony Point
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
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
Walking trails and natural areas, as well as a dog par open to foot traffic.
435 Welcher Ave., Peekskill
Public outdoor areas, recreational trails and the Sportsman Center are open. The trail lodge, playground, and grills are closed until further notice.
Crow Hill Road, Mount Kisco
Trails are open dawn to dusk.
Croton Gorge Park
35 Yorktown Road, Croton-on-Hudson
Visitors are able to hike across a large waterfall.
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
White trail and blue trail are open. Bathrooms and grilling are closed.
Furnace Dock Road, Cortlandt Manor
Trails are all open as usual, dawn to dusk.
Hudson Highlands Gateway Park
Doris Lee Drive, Cortlandt
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
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
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
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
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
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.
260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco
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
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
All trails open.
Bethpage State Park
99 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Farmingdale
Hiking trails and golf courses are open.
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
581 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown
Hiking trails are open, and the nature museum is closed until further notice.