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Happy Holidays from CNY Hiking!!!  Thanks for checking out our website. Please donate to help us maintain this website! We hope you'll find the info you need to plan your next outdoor adventure!!!

This website was created to assist fellow hikers find maps and information on hiking trails in Central New York as well as many other places such as the Adirondacks and the Catskills.  You'll find maps and trail information on the North Country Trail, Link Trail, Northville-Placid Trail, Bristol Hills Trail, Conservation Trail, Finger Lakes Trail and even the Appalachian Trail as well as other great trails & hikes. Look above for many links to help kick start and plan your next outdoor adventure! 

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It's nearly Christmas in Central New York! The weather is much colder and the days are shorter. There is snow and ice on most of the hiking trails. Be sure to bring snowshoes and crampons on your hike. It is DEER HUNTING SEASON in the area. Are you wearing blaze while hiking? will you be warm enough? The weather can be very unpredictable, so be prepared for anything! 

What's the weather going to be like during your hike? Will you have enough water for your hike? Do you have energy snacks?

Recent additions and updates on CNY Hiking
  Camp Santanoni 12/21 Woodhull Lake 12/20
Pine Grove Creek Trail 12/19 Otter Brook Pond Trail 12/18 Muskrat Pond 12/18
Indian Lake 12/18 Squaw Lake 12/17 Spectacle Pond 12/14
Gull Pond 12/14 Lincoln Pond Overlook 12/13 Lincoln Pond Campground 12/12
Essex Chain of Lakes 12/9 Lake Harris Campground 12/8 Stephens Pond 12/6
Dunning Lean To 12/5 Cascade Pond 12/3 Sargent Ponds 11/30
Hewitt Eddy 11/30 ADK State Campgrounds 11/29 Hewitt Pond 11/29
Rankin Pond 11/28 Indian River Tract 11/27 Watch Hill 11/27
AT in NY Shenandoah Mt 11/23 Clear Pond 11/22 Lewey Lake Campground 11/20
Castle Rock 11/17 Lake Durant Campground 11/16 Storm King State Park 11/15
Sterling Forest State Park 11/15 Harriman State Park 11/15 Bear Mountain State Park 11/14
FLT/NCT Reroute 11/12 NPT-Blue Ridge Wilderness 9/20 Goodman Mountain 9/13
Mount Adams 9/6 Tinker Falls 8/17 Snowy Mountain 8/14


Be sure to check yourself for ticks!

Be very wary of high grass and use our tips below. You can minimize your chances of exposure to ticks by following a few simple steps:

  • stay toward the center of trails and away from brush as well as high grass
  • tuck pant legs inside socks and/or wear gaiters
  • wear light-colored clothing (makes spotting ticks easier)
  • use insect repellant (at least 40% deet) and don't forget to spray your pants, socks plus your boots as well.
  • search all those places that ticks love to hide: in your hair, under your arms, between your legs, behind the knees, and even in your belly button
  • Put the clothes you wore on your hike in the dryer, and tumble them on high heat

Be sure to check your pets as well for ticks. It's a good idea to contact your health care provider if you find any attached to you.

What if you get lost and have to stay overnight in the woods?  Are you prepared for a cold, dark night in the woods?  Does someone know your hiking route plan?  The nights are getting cooler, be sure to pack something warm just in case! You just never know.

Be safe.  Be prepared.  It might save your life!  Carry a day pack complete with plenty of food and water.  You could also bring extra clothing, rain coat, map and compass, first-aid kit, flashlight/headlamp, sun glasses, sun-block protection, ensolite pads, a stove and extra fuel, and bivy sack or space blankets.  Matches?

Be safe while on your outdoor adventure.  Be prepared out on the trails.  Know how much daylight you have and how long your hike will take!  Are you prepared for a night in the forest?  Would you be ready?  What's in your backpack?  You can never be too prepared, even with a short hike. 

Our handheld GPS that we use while on the trails gives the sunset for the location we are at.  Its a nice extra feature the Garmin eTrex Vista HCX has.  Don't forget the extra batteries for your GPS and your flashlight! If using a GPS, don't forget to mark your parking area and/or start of your hike with a waypoint!!!  If you don't have a GPS in your vehicle, then we recommend buying one! Check out this top selling Garmin nüvi 52LM 5-Inch Portable Vehicle GPS with Lifetime Maps (US) for your vehicle. We list many GPS coordinates for parking areas and trailheads that come in handy when finding the start of your hike!

Use our Hiking Safety webpage to help you plan for a safe hiking adventure.  Hike with your dog? We always have our dog on a leash anytime we are hiking. You should too! You certainly don't want to find out what happens when your dog runs into a porcupine or into a skunk!

Thanks for using CNY Hiking to plan your next hike!  Maybe we'll see ya on the trail!  Like us on Facebook (CNY Hiking) and follow us on Twitter!  You can follow us on Twitter at  

We are not affiliated with any hiking clubs or any hiking trail maintenance. If there any problems with trails, we suggest contacting the hiking club or NY DEC directly. If you are unsure which hiking club to contact, then contact us and we'll try our best to steer you in the right direction.

Here are some tips to be prepared on your hiking/backpacking/camping adventure --> 

  • Wrap some duct tape on your hiking pole so you have it available for any emergency!
  • Throw some dryer lint in a zip lock baggie to use as a fire starter.  Don't forget matches!
  • Do you have hand or foot warmers in your backpack?  Even in the summer!
  • Don't wear cotton in the winter!
  • Do you have enough water?  What about a high energy snack?
  • Did you tell someone your hiking plans and when to expect you?


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Scrappy (2003-2014)

My beloved hiking buddy Scrappy passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014 after a battle with cancer. She would've been 11 years old in August. She hiked many miles on many hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, North Country Trail, Long Path, Finger Lakes Trail, Letchworth Trail, Link Trail, Bristol Hills Trail, Great Eastern Trail, Northville-Placid Trail, Devils Path and the Escarpment Trail to name just a few. She was a loyal companion on many of our hiking adventures and will be missed. Her legacy lives on in this website, with the many hiking videos she is featured in and the many pictures of her. The above picture is from one her many visits to Hemlock Lean To in Morgan Hill State Forest.

Scrappy looking for hikers on the trail on Bald Mountain in the Adirondacks in November 2009

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Panorama above is from Jones Hill, Labrador Hollow Unique Area in Apulia, NY

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Every effort has been made to make the information on this website as accurate and useful as possible.  However, many things can change over time and can create discrepancies on the website.  If you experience a discrepancy due to a change we have no control over, we apologize.  Please let us know so we can update the website and others do not have the same experience!

This website was meant as a guide to assist fellow outdoor enthusiasts choose and plan their hiking adventures.  This website does not guarantee that all this information is 100% correct and can not guarantee your safety on the trails.  You hike at your own risk and no one from this website is liable for any property loss or damage, personal injury, or any unfortunate death that may result from accessing or hiking any trails described on this website.

Please be aware that hiking can result in injuries, sometimes serious.  If your not careful on your hike or not properly prepared, it can be a matter of life or death in some instances. This website is not affiliated to any trail or hiking club.