Scenic and challenging hiking trails near central New York

(WSYR-TV) — With warming temperatures, people are eager to travel. However, travel can be quite expensive in these difficult times, so you may be looking for ways to get out that won’t break the bank.

Midtown New York is known for its scenic views and hidden hotspots that only locals usually know about. Whether it’s a supposedly haunted attraction, secret waterfalls or sandy beaches, CNY is sure to offer travelers scenic landscapes and trendy trails, CNY has some of the best places to go hiking. hiking, biking or walking.

Whether you want to go on an adventure alone or with a friend, a furry one is also very good! Central New York is sure to reward you with mesmerizing hikes. Take a look at some of the region’s most breathtaking and challenging hiking trails.

  1. Stony Pond State Forest

Stony Pond is known for its 1,469 acres of captivating views and is located just outside the village of Morrisville, just 45 minutes from Syracuse. The pond is home to abundant wildlife and is also open to campers. Those wishing to stay here can call (607) 674-4017 ext. 602 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The trails at the location are 13 miles long, these trails can be used for skiing in the winter and can also be used during the spring, summer and fall months. With its alluring calm and wildlife, this hike will leave you feeling rejuvenated and at one with nature.

2. Friendship wood

How about Friendship Woods, a perfect place to bring a four-legged friend for exercise and fun!

This nature reserve located in the town of Clay, about 20 minutes from Syracuse, spans 13 acres full of mystical trees and scenes that can only be compared to a movie. There are different hiking trails that visitors can take which they call “loops”. For Oswego natives, it’s a perfect way to get out and bond with your friends or family.

3. hurricane mountain

Maybe you are looking for a more challenging hike filled with mountainous views. Look no further, Hurricane Mountain in Lake Placid. Although it takes about three and a half hours to get there, not only does the surrounding area offer stunning views (especially in the fall), but the mountain has three trails and the mountain rises to 2,000 feet.

The East trail is 2.7 miles one way and is the least used trail of the group.

The North Trail is 3 miles one way and quite challenging considering the rocky trail and small streams.

The most commonly used trail since all hikers must take this path to get to the actual mountain, starts at Route 9N. From route 9N the hike is approximately 3.4 miles to reach the summit, from there you can start climbing the mountain, just make sure you are aware of your surroundings and follow the guides for you ensure that you and possibly your group are going the right way!

4. Charlie Major Nature Trail

A much shorter journey of just 30 minutes can get you to this trail which actually has a rather intriguing history, it was once the Skaneateles Short Distance Railway. The railway was established in 1840 and although it goes by different names, the sole purpose of the train was to transport supplies to paper mills, flour mills, distilleries and carpentry factories. It also helped transfer people from Skaneateles Junction to Skaneateles for steamboat rides around the lake.

Today, the railway does not exist, however, the serene trail provides hikers with a playground for children. Hikers can dive into the past as some remnants of ancient times can still be found, if you look closely enough.

5. NCT-Robert Treman State Park

Finally, another challenging but amazing hike is in the Finger Lakes, just over an hour away. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to climb a rock formation, well, you can do it here! Although there are other parts of the trail, this is sure to leave hikers feeling a little weak in their knees, but also provide memories they won’t soon forget.

For more instructions on the hiking path, you can click on the link above!