With cooler daytime temperatures and nature's colors on display, fall is the ideal time to explore some new territory. New York State parks and historic sites have over 2,000 miles of trails to explore. From easy walks on carriage roads, to rugged backcountry treks you will find a great spot to get outside and soak in the season. If you prefer to hike with a group and learn along the way many parks offer guided hikes and walks on both weekdays and weekends.
If you'd like to choose your own adventure, be sure to have an updated trail map: Trails in New York State Parks
Keep tabs on the changing fall colors with I Love NY's Fall Foliage Map.
Leave No Trace
When you're planning your visit, be sure to follow the Seven Principles from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. These simple tips will go a long way in helping to protect plants, animals, and entire ecosystems.
- 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!