Schunnemunk State Park, Hudson Valley
If you want a hiking trip in which it is quite possible not to see another person the whole time, Schunnemunk in the Hudson Valley is the under-the-radar choice that can deliver that kind of solitude. With forests, meadows, and mountain tops, it has the same topography of more frequently visited Hudson Valley destinations like Harriman, Bear Mountain, and Storm King State Parks, but there’s one big thing Schunnemunk is missing: all the people.
How to get there: Getting to Schunnemunk without a car isn’t as cut-and-dried as Breakneck Ridge, but it can definitely be done, especially if you’re willing to bring a bike onto Metro North. Take the Port Jervis line to Salisbury Mills-Cornwall, which gets you within three miles of the Otterkill Road trailhead (put your GPS to 41.425755 N, -74.101685 W), where a six-mile loop with some steep climbs and nice views awaits you. With a car (Schunnemunk is about a 90-minute drive) or bike, there are a number of other easily accessible trails in the park, but this is the closest one to mass transit.