New York City is a concrete jungle, but its surrounding areas offer much for nature lovers to explore. In less than two hours by car, you can be among babbling brooks, waterfalls, and sweeping mountain views. There is something about being in nature that is calming in stressful times. Take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors with these accessible hikes from Manhattan.  


Anothony’s Nose

Hike part of the Appalachian Trail on a beautiful summer day. This trail is steep for the first half-mile, then gets easier as you reach the top. Pack a lunch and enjoy river views of the Hudson and surrounding mountains.  

Difficulty: Moderate  

Distance: 2.6 miles  

Travel time by car from Manhattan: 1 hour  


Harriman State Park: Reeves Brook Loop Trail

Your day in nature begins at the south end of Harriman State Park. Start the trail going counterclockwise to avoid a steep downhill rock scramble. This hike features streams, waterfalls, and picturesque views.  

Difficulty: Moderate 

Distance: 3.8-mile loop 

Travel time by car from Manhattan: 1 hour  


Breakneck Ridge  

Breakneck Ridge is widely considered the most difficult hike in the area. Right off the bat, you are welcomed with a steep incline, which requires climbing over rock ledges. In many instances, hikers must use both their hands and feet. Panoramic views of the Hudson Valley peek through the trees, allowing for many breathtaking photos along the way.   

Difficulty: Hard  

Distance: 3 miles  

Travel time by car from Manhattan: 1 hour and 15 minutes  


Storm King Mountain  

The Storm King trailhead is located in Cornwall, New York, about an hour and a half from Manhattan. Great for families, hikers are rewarded with sweeping views of the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains on clear days. There is some rock scrambling, particularly in the beginning of the hike, so be sure to wear proper footwear.  

Difficulty: Moderate  

Distance: 2.6-mile loop 

Travel time by car from Manhattan: 1 hour and 30 minutes