Appalachian Trail on Bellvale Mountain
Distance from NYC: 131 miles; ~ 2.5 hours driving
Hike distance: six miles
Channel your inner Bear Grylls as you climb up a rocky ridge along this challenging stretch of the Appalachian Trail on Bellvale Mountain, where breathtaking views of Greenwood Lake and Sterling Forest await at Prospect Rock, the highest point of the AT in New York. When you descend and reach the New York-New Jersey state line, write your name in the trail register, where you might spot OutdoorFest founder Sarah Knapp, who counts this among her favorite public transit-accessible hikes. Make sure to grab a well-earned scoop of homemade ice cream at nearby Bellvale Farms Creamery. Or, if you’re looking for something without sprinkles, Best Hikes Near New York City author Ben Keene, another big fan of this uncrowded section of the AT, suggests going to the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery instead.