5 Family-Friendly Hikes to Take While the Leaves Are Changing

Alisha Starr

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New York is one of the best states to catch the changing leaves and enjoy the beautiful fall colors. Here are a few places you can hike to enjoy the scenery that isn't too difficult for the whole family to take part in.

The Catskill Scenic Trail

This trail features 26 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. The best part is it's mostly flat and covers a wide area, so there's plenty of space for a group to enjoy walking together and you won't need to worry about things being too challenging, even if older ones or children want to come along.

The Mohonk Preserve Trail

This trail features 40 miles of hiking, biking, bird watching, and horseback riding fun. There are plenty of trees to look at and the area is well known for having plenty of plants and tiny critters to watch as you walk.

Letchworth State Park

This park is known as the Grand Canyon of the east, and for good reason. There are several gorgeous waterfalls to enjoy and the gorges are impressive too.

This park is a great place to visit for hiking and leaf-peeping, plus most of the views are accessible by car so you can drive, park, and walk mere feet to enjoy a stunning landscape.

Buttermilk Falls

Located in Ithaca, NY this park is full of natural gorges, waterfalls, and towering trees. There are several different trails you can hike, and while all do have some sort of elevation, they're clearly marked and easy to follow for novice hikers.

The Cranberry Lake Preserve Loop

This three-mile hike takes you on a loop around a tranquil lake surrounded by trees.

The leaves won't stay colorful and beautiful for long, so head to one of these hiking areas and enjoy the autumnal colors while you still can!

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