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    15 Of The Absolute Best Hiking Spots Near New York City

    You don't have to travel far to find a nature-y escape from the city.

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    1. Breakneck Ridge

    2. Anthony’s Nose

    3. Bonticou Crag

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    Just two hours north of the city by car, this trail passes through open fields (with wildflowers, if you time it right) and woods before reaching the Bonticou Crag — the highlight of this 2.3-mile excursion. From the striking-white crag it’s nothing but greenish-blue views of the rolling hills below.

    4. Suffern-Bear Mountain

    5. Pine Meadow Trail

    6. Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

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    For an easy escape from the city, head north to Yonkers where the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail takes off. The full route is 26.5-miles long, but for a short day walk, try hiking the 10-mile out-and-back trail from the town of Ossining to the New Croton Dam. This trail is more like a stroll than a hike, and the end goal — the picturesque dam — is well worth the trip.

    7. Lake Skenonto Loop

    8. Carpenter’s Loop

    9. Arden Point and Glenclyffe

    10. Storm King Mountain

    Looking at the Hudson River valley from the rocky top of Storm King Mountain. Mount Beacon and breakneck ridge are across the water.
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    Just up the Hudson from the popular Bear Mountain is Storm King State Park, home of the impressive Storm King Mountain. You can take on the peak — and enjoy the views — on the 2.6-mile Storm King Trail loop. The moderate excursion has a few different routes to the top, so you can choose a trail (and corresponding difficulty rating) that suits your hiking style.

    11. Mount Beacon Trail

    12. Stairway to Heaven Trail

    13. Gertrude's Nose Trail

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    Traversing through the Minnewaska State Park Preserve is the 7.8-mile Gertrude's Nose Trail, a loop that features chalky white rock outcroppings and dense forest. You’ll start and end the hike at Lake Minnewaska, so pack along picnic supplies so you can nosh and dip your feet in the water before heading home.

    14. John Muir Trail

    15. Ken Lockwood Gorge Trail

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