Top 10 Fall Hikes to View Spectacular Autumn Foliage in NY-NJ - 2014

Catskills Fall Foliage (Photo Credit: Jeremy Apgar)

Where are the best trails to enjoy fall foliage in the New York-New Jersey region in 2014? 

We asked the authors and editors of Trail Conference publications, as well as NYNJTC program coordinators, for their favorite fall destinations. Their top 10 recommendations (in no particular order), all day trips accessible from anywhere within the region, are below. Click to find details about each hike and how to get to it. Then get out and enjoy the great outdoors close to home on trails maintained by volunteers with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference!

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Favorite Fall Foliage Hikes in NEW JERSEY

The Wyanokie High Point Loop in Norvin Green State Forest passes by an old iron mine and boasts 360 degree panoramic views at the summit.
Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of New Jersey Walk Book, and by George Petty, author of Hiking the Jersey Highlands.
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The Surprise Lake Loop in Abram S. Hewitt State Forest is a strenuous workout, but one of the most memorable hikes in the Jersey Highlands.
Recommended by George Petty, author of Hiking the Jersey Highlands
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Hike along the top of the Palisades, then stroll along the Hudson River on the Forest View Trail/Closter Dock Trail Loop.
Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of New Jersey Walk Book
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The popular Monument Trail Loop at High Point State Park reaches the High Point obelisk.
Recommended by Robert Boysen, author of Kittatinny Trails
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Favorite Fall Foliage Hikes in NEW YORK

Hike the Appalachian Trail and return on lesser-used trails via the Black Mountain Loop in Harriman State Park.
Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of Harriman Trails: A Guide and History.
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Take a lovely loop around Cranberry Lake in Westchester County.
Recommended by Jane and Walt Daniels, authors of Walkable Westchester
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Viewpoints over the Hudson River and the Highlands are highlights on this climb to the summit of Storm King Mountain.
Recommended by Georgette Weir, editor of Trail Walker
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This hike on the Long Path and Shawangunk Ridge Trail in Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest boasts numerous views along both sides of the Shawangunk Ridge.
Recommended by Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator
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Dramatic views of the Hudson Valley and beyond are had from the Fishkill Ridge Conservation Area.
Recommended by Hank Osborn, East Hudson Program Coordinator
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This loop hike following the Catskill Escarpment above Kaaterskill Clove offers prime leaf peeping in Catskill Park (above photo).
Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of New York Walk Book
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