Distance from NYC: 43 miles, 1-hour drive
Hike distance: 8 miles
Part of the 200+ miles of hiking trails in Harriman State Park, Black Mountain Loop is a surprise-laden adventure for those willing to suffer a little to feel like they’re the last people on Earth. The first part of the hike includes more than 800 vertical feet of climbing up Black and Letterrock Mountains, but it’s seriously worth it for the panoramic views, eclectic terrain, and chance to experience the white-blazed Appalachian Trail. After working your way through pine forests, over moss-covered roads, stone walls, bridges, wide streams, and around the haunting remnants of the Spanish Silver Mine, reward yourself with a local craft brew and a warm pretzel at Seven Lakes Station in nearby Sloatsburg.