Best Winter Hikes Near New York City

November 29, 2021by Mike Mayleben

Did you know? New York City has so many low-key trails hidden across the city and nearby suburbs, that even many New Yorkers never knew how close they’re to the wonderful nature. This time, let’s look at the best winter hikes near New York City. May it be snow, frozen water, or winter wildlife — you’ll find your new favorite trail here!


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Central Park

Whether you’re a New Yorker or just traveling, the snow-covered Central Park is a must-see for the season. The park also has two main ice skating rinks for those of you looking for other activities.

Or, simply walk around the park and look at the trees and the scenery. It’s just as enjoyable.


Buck Mountain Trail

This 7-mile out-and-back trail is one of the most popular winter hikes near New York City. Located near Catskill Bay, the view hereafter snow is absolutely divine.

Buck Mountain Trail features a lake and miles of undisturbed woods. It will also take you to the Summit of Buck Mountain, which gives you a lovely bird view over the lake right below.


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Silver Mine Lake Loop

This loop is only 3.8 miles long, perfect for a quick afternoon hike and a getaway day trip. If you come during the coldest days, you’ll get to see the entire lake frozen. The sunset upon the frozen lake is a view you must see at least once in your lifetime.


Mashomack Preserve, Shelter Island

Did you know? The Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island is the closest you can get to the absolute wilderness in Long Island. It is also one of the best winter hikes near New York City, especially if you’re tired of the fast-paced metropolitan lifestyle and need to be one with nature.

You’ll find a handful of trails available on and near the preserve. Choose the right trail according to your abilities, and don’t forget to follow winter hiking best practices!


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Van Cortlandt Park Trail

This is a 9.9-mile-long loop and is located right here in New York City. It is a nice paved trail and with multiple historical landmarks along the way. If you’re looking for nature hints, don’t worry. Keep going and you’ll soon find yourself surrounded by snow-capped trees and a tranquil lake view.

This trail is friendly to all skill levels and you can take your puppers with you too (but must stay on the leash!).


Green Belt Nature Center

Green Belt Nature Center features a variety of different activities, from winter hikes to marathons to educational courses, perfect for those going on a family trip. It is a system of contingency public parkland and the center puts on seasonal programming every month.

This trail is well-managed and always has crew cleaning up excessive snow, best for those looking for an easy hike through the beautiful scenery.

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