Just because it is winter does not mean it is time to put away those hiking boots. This time of year offers some beautiful winter wonderlands. So bundle up, lace your hiking boots and check out nine great winter hiking spots in the tri-state area.
1. Whiteface Mountain (5021 Route 86, Wilmington, NY 12997)
Whiteface Mountain is for experienced hikers only. After climbing to the top of the famous mountain, hikers can see a view of Lake Placid. Later on, travel to the east side of the mountain and strap on your skis. The mountain is home to a major ski area, which also held some events from the 1980 Winter Olympics.
2. Buck Mountain Trail (1750 Pilot Knob Road, Fort Ann, NY)
For beginner hikers, travel to Lake George for some introductory winter trails. The Buck Mountain Trail features views of the Adirondack Mountains and a view of Lake George. Try this relaxed trail for a taste of winter hiking.
3. Jockey Hollow Grand Loop Trail (30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ 07960)
Full of American history, the Jockey Hollow Grand Loop Trail is 6.5 miles long. With historic buildings along the way, the trail is a moderate and well-marked route for any winter hiker.
4. White Memorial Foundation Trails (80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT 06759)
With 40 miles of trails and 50 locations, White Memorial Foundations trails are a great way to get beautiful views. Most trails are 2 miles or less, so it’s a great introduction to winter hiking. Try popular trails like the Little Pond Boardwalk (Loop) Trail and the Ice House Ruins Trail.
5. East Rock Park (885 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06511)
Short but steep, the East Rock Park hike offers a memorial at the top. Rising more than 350 feet, the summit provides views of New Haven, the Harbor and the Long Island Sound.
6. Central Park (New York, NY)
Want to stay in the city for your winter hike? Take a walk around the park’s paved paths or hike through nature in the 90-acre North Woods. Designed to simulate the Adirondacks, take a trek through the wooded and waterfall-filled forest.
7. Washington Valley Park, (Miller Lane, Bridgewater, NJ)
Check out 700 acres of undeveloped wooded areas, waterfalls and historic areas. With various easy and moderate trails, the Hawk Watch provides panoramic views of the area.
8. Squantz Pond (178 Short Woods Road, New Fairfield, CT 06812)
Not a trail for beginners, experienced hikers will enjoy the view of the pond. The trail is 3.3 miles long and features a mountain-like setting.
9. Cheesequake State Park (300 Gordon Rd, Matawan, NJ 07747)
The park’s short trails make it easy to navigate. It features both fresh and salt water marshes, a white cedar swamp and the Pine Barrens. When it snows, bring your cross-country skis, sled and snowshoes.