The brilliant colors of fall foliage inspire us to explore the Great Outdoors. The shorter days of sunlight lower the temperatures and trees lose their green color, before falling off so the can form a protective seal from harsh winter weather. It is well worth a fall foliage hike at least to thoroughly experience this thrilling sight. We rounded up the 7 great hiking trails in upstate New York for you that are described as moderately difficult and take approximately 4 hours. If you’re not in New York you can check out more great locations at

  1.  Lost Pond Trail 3.6 mile loop, Kingsbury, NY
  2. Mount Defiance Trail is a 7-mile loop that has views of Lake Champlain and Fort Ticonderoga and was originally constructed by British during Revolutionary War
  3. Cook Mountain is a 1-mile, short, steep climb within a 200-acre conservancy
  4. Cat and Thomas Mountain Trail, 7.3 miles loop near Bolton Landing
  5. Black Mountain and Lake George Trail, 7 mile loop near Huletts Landing views of the narrows of Lake George at the summit
  6. Trout Pond Trail in Downsville is a 5-mile loop in the Catskills that’s great for beginners
  7. Ferncliff Forest Hiking Trails – 12 miles of trails – Rhinebeck can also accommodate mountain biking, fishing and camping

For more tips on preparing for your hike click here: and, as always …


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