This summer isn’t all about food trucks, the beach, and relaxing by the pool. Put your hiking boots on and make your way out to one of these 5 amazing hiking trails in Westchester! Among all the hiking and walking trails in Westchester County there are five in particular that we recommend!
Starting with Anthony’s Nose, Peekskill, this 900-foot mini mountain is the perfect place for you to start your summer adventures! The view from the vista at the top is referred to as “a helicopter view of the Bear Mountain Bridge”. The views are stunning, overlooking Hudson River and the beautiful rolling hills and trees surrounding the area. Anthony’s Nose is also part of the Appalachian Trail! From all The twists, turns, ups, and downs you will hike on this mountain, be prepared for the 1,500 feet that you’ll climb! You can begin your hike right off of Route 6!
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Pound Ridge is our next stop on this list! Known as the “crown jewel of parks in Westchester County,” this five-mile Star Loop hike is sure to be a stop on your summer hiking adventure list! The well-maintained trails will give you an opportunity to hike with wildlife, view the Cross River Reservoir, and see historical sites such as the cave of the Leatherman. This hiking trail reaches up to 860 feet and will surely be a great way to spend a summer’s day!
Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary, near Mount Kisco, is the place to go if you are looking for Hawks! With a hawk-watch at about 750 feet, Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary is the place especially for the bird lovers among us: bring binoculars! And, if you aren’t into highest or hawks, visit the swampland at the beginning of the hike to see mushrooms, bugs, and other signs of life!
If you get bored at Westmoreland Sanctuary, near Mount Kisco, then hike across the street to the Westmoreland Sanctuary, near Mount Kisco! It is the perfect place to take a hike by yourself and get away from people. The peaceful sanctuary is quiet and full of life. Head down to the ponds, cascading streams, stone walls, and more relaxing spots for a peaceful day sure to be one to remember!
Last on our list is the Mianus River Gorge Preserve in Bedford. This easy five-mile walk is great for the whole family! Standing at only 40 feet, this easy walk is referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the Mianus River”. Being one of the oldest Nature Conservancy preserves in the country, you’re family will have a great time visiting in the Cascades, an old mica and quartz quarry, and flowers like red trillium and marigolds!
The perfect day to spend all together outdoors!
Summer is right around the corner so make sure you’ve got your boots and plenty of water for your day outside on the trails this summer!