The fall is a beautiful time of the year in New York. The air is cooling down and the sun is shining bright through the ever changing leaves. This time of the year is perfect for getting outside to walk, run, hike, or just take in the beautiful scenery Earth has to offer. Luckily, there are so many places in Upstate and Central New York where you can get out and enjoy the trails. Before we get into that, let’s take a look at the benefits hiking has to offer.
Physical Wellness: Lace those shoes up and get going! Hiking is wonderful for endurance and building strength.
Connection with Oneself: Spending time in nature by yourself can offer numerous benefits. Not only are you reducing stress from everyday life, but it helps you to reflect on any and all thoughts and emotions.
Mental Wellness & Connection to Nature: Nature can be calming for the mind and can quite literally “clear your head.” Nature can allow for a happier mood, calmness and joy.
Social Wellness: Hiking provides an opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family away from the distractions of daily life. It allows you to connect on a deeper level and strengthen your bond.
Interested in learning more about local places to spend time in nature? Let’s dive deeper.
Buck Mountain – Lake George, NY
Prospect Mountain – Lake George, NY
Sleeping Beauty Mountain – Fort Ann, NY
Hadley Mountain – Hadley, NY
Mount Marcy – Lake Placid, NY
Blue Mountain – Indian Lake, NY
Vroman’s Nose – Middleburgh, NY
Luther Forest – Malta, NY
Kinns Road Park – Clifton Park, NY
Indian Kill Nature Preserve – Glenville, NY
Normanskill Preserves – Albany, NY
Geyser Creek Trail – Saratoga, NY
Buttermilk Falls – Ithaca, NY
Robert H. Treman State Park – Ithaca, NY
Lime Hollow Nature Preserve – Cortland, NY
Binghamton Trail Head – Binghamton, NY
No matter where you decide to hike this fall, remember that hiking is not always about conquering mountains; Sometimes it is about connecting with ourselves and nature.