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Fall Hiking
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Fall Hiking

With cooler daytime temperatures and nature's colors on display, fall is the perfect time to get outdoors! New York State parks and historic sites have over 2,000 miles of trails just waiting to be explored. From easy walks on carriage roads to rugged backcountry treks, chances are you will find a great spot to get outside and soak in the season.

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Fall Foliage

Trail Maps

Before you explore on your own, be sure you have a trail map.

NY State Parks Explorer App

Jumpstart your next adventure with our free app. Enjoy quick access to key info all in one place -- park info, directions, hours, fees and rates, trail maps, and helpful know-before-you go details. Plus users can favorite their most-loved places to receive important updates and alerts. Available for both iOS and Android. Learn more

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Leave No Trace

While spending time outdoors we all have a responsibility to keep these spaces enjoyable for everyone. To minimizing our impacts that may affect other people, water and wildlife follow the Leave No TraceLeaving New York State Parks principals, an easily understood framework for anyone visiting the outdoors.

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare: Know the rules for the areas you visit. Bring plenty of water, a jacket and layers in case of changing weather, and a map so you know the route.
  • Travel on Durable Surfaces: Follow blazes and stick to established trails. Walking off trail can create unwanted paths, cause erosion, and damage plants.
  • Dispose of Waste Properly: Pack out what you pack in. Keep our outdoor spaces clean and don't leave behind any trash, food, or pet waste.
  • Leave What You Find: Leave rocks, plants and other objects as you find them for the next person to enjoy.
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts: Fires are not allowed outside campgrounds in State Parks. When camping at a designated site, keep fires small and consider a backpacking stove for cooking.
  • Respect Wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow, approach, or feed wild animals. Keep dogs leashed at all times.
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors: Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Avoid loud noises and let nature's sounds prevail. Say hello, be courteous and share the trail!

Leave No Trace video series.