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Hiking and Biking Trails in Upstate New York

Updated on May 22, 2014

Spring has finally sprung! (maybe)

As everyone who lives in Upstate New York knows, this winter was an especially long, grueling one, especially for those of us who live in the capital area. Let's face it, the groundhog lied!

But as I sit here gathering my thoughts to write this first post, I realize that the temperature has soared into the high 40s and we even saw a few 50 degree days! Could it be, maybe, finally spring? Well, let's go check my favorite trail and see.

I arrived at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve trail system with my son and dog in tow. Oh no! The first sight to greet us is a flooded parking lot and iced over trails as far as the eye could see. We ventured on a couple to see if looks were deceiving, but no, definitely not hikeable yet.

I am ever hopeful, though and will be giving you updates as the season progresses.

My hope for this page is to provide readers with information about the trails in the capital region to start with, then expand from there to trails in the entire state of New York.

Have you ever gone to hike a trail that was recommended to you, but no other information given by your friend or even online? You arrive at the trail only to find that it is totally unsuitable for you or your family. The terrain is too steep, no dogs are allowed, it is too wet, there's a swarm of bees around the next bend who have taken up residence in a fallen tree.

I know that has happened to me too many times and I find myself frustrated, and once or twice have even gotten lost due to inadequate trail markings.

Well, you have come to the right place. I will personally hike all the trails, take photos and videos of the terrain, provide mileage of the trail length, and even maps if possible. I am hoping that this information will help you make decisions on the trails you would like to explore. Maybe there will even be trails you have never even heard of.

I look forward to my adventures and I hope you do too. As I progress, I will use reader comments, feedback and suggestions to make this page as helpful and user-friendly as possible.

Happy hiking!

Blue Trail in Wilton Wildlife Preserve

Just hatched Karner Blue Butterflies
Just hatched Karner Blue Butterflies
Trail is dog friendly!
Trail is dog friendly!

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