Hello Travel Freaks! If I know you like I know myself, now that the weather is getting warmer you’re getting an itch you just have to scratch. Spring Fever has taken you into its grip and made your wanderlust ten times worse! But if you’re also like me, you’re flat broke and have no spring break and you’re stuck in the wind tunnel of grey Manhattan. If you’ve absolutely exhausted all of your normal coffee shops, bars, and other hangouts then it may be time if get a breath of fresh air. Take a hike! No, seriously, get outside and go hiking. March (as long as it’s not raining or snowing) is one of the best months to go hiking because it’s the perfect temperature. Also, the trails won’t be too crowded. Being in NYC means having a ton of day trips (or half-day trips) to choose from! Let’s take a look at some of the best, and most convenient, out there.
1. Easy Trail: Granite Knolls (Easy Loop)
This walk through the woods in Granite Knolls Park in Westchester is perfect for a family stroll. There’s a bunch of interesting boulders along the three and a half mile hike which should take you about two hours. Feel free to bring the dog too!
2. Easy-Moderate: Ramapo Valley Reservation
My personal favorite is the Ramapo Valley Reservation. There’s a ton of different trails to hike and a massive lake which is great to let your dog swim in during the summer months. Old ruins and scenic vistas as well as picnic tables and benches dot your path.
3. Moderate: Anthony’s Nose
Anthony’s Nose is a four mile trail that rises 200 feet to a small but spectacular summit that overlooks Bear Mountain Park.
4. Advanced: Ice Caves & Verkeerderkill Falls
If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, narrow passes, waterfalls and and steep hills will meet you on this out-and-back hike. The hike is about seven and a half miles which usually takes four hours to complete. The views can’t be beat though!
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