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An Adventure Traveler's Guide to New York State

Picture of Loni Klara
Updated: 28 January 2017
If you love the outdoors, the state of New York offers a variety of activities all year long. From hiking to skiing, options abound throughout all of its corners. Check out what they are below.

Adventures on the Hudson River

Whether it’s whitewater rafting, kayaking, or simply walking across the Walkway Over the Hudson – the world’s longest pedestrian bridge – to enjoy the gorgeous view, the Hudson River has something for everyone all along its trail from Albany to New York City. Enjoy whitewater rafting in the Adirondack Mountains, or go kayaking in Hudson River Park.

Whitewater Rafting on the Hudson | © LEONARDO DASILVA / Flickr
Whitewater rafting on the Hudson | © LEONARDO DASILVA / Flickr

Water excursions at Thousand Islands

The Thousand Islands, scattered across both American and Canadian waters, are a haven for water enthusiasts. In addition to landmarks like the Antique Boat Museum and Boldt Castle on Alexandria Bay, visitors can enjoy a variety of seaside activities including boating, fishing, and scuba diving to explore the wrecks of the St. Lawrence River.

Camping in the Catskills

The Catskill Mountains in the southeast corner of the state span approximately 111 miles (178.6 kilometers), and much of the state-owned grounds of the 700,000-acre Catskill Park is open to campers, as well as “glampers.” Stake your spot along the various hiking trails, including the 26-mile (41.8-kilometer) Catskill Scenic Trail – which you can walk, cycle, ski, or ride through on horseback.

The Catskills
The Catskills | Michael Domanic / Unsplash

Winter festivities at the Adirondacks

In the northern part of the state, the Adirondack Mountains are home to numerous ski resorts offering a host of winter activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. Additional winter activities are also available, such as ice fishing, dog sledding, and ice climbing. The Cascade Ski Center even holds a Full Moon Party each year, complete with bonfires and live music. You’ll find no better outdoor destination in the colder months.

Dogsledding on Mirror Lake | © Samantha Kulpinski / Flickr
Dogsledding on Mirror Lake | © Samantha Kulpinski / Flickr

Niagara Falls

Explore the famous waterfall from the American side by visiting the stunning Niagara Falls State Park, whose landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, also designed Central Park in New York City. Hiking trails are available along the Gorge and the Rapids, to be selected according to the level of challenge. You can also explore the Erie Canal by boat or bike.