Top 10 Parks and Trails for Snowshoeing in New York and New Jersey

Snowshoeing on Balsam Mountain, Catskill High Peak. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

Where are the best places in New York and New Jersey for a snowshoe hike? Here are our favorites.

Given some snow, almost any trail you can hike is also a good place to snowshoe. Maybe even better--there's no mud, and no insects! Nevertheless, here are some recommendations of places to explore when snow falls in the greater New York metropolitan region.

New to snowshoeing? Check out these tips on preparing for winter outings.


New York

Black Rock Forest (Orange County)
Teatown Lake Reservation (Westchester County)
Bear Mountain-Harriman State Parks (Orange/Rockland counties)
Slide Mountain Wilderness, Catskill Mountains (Ulster County)

New Jersey

Round Valley Recreation Area (Hunterdon County)

Also check out our Top 10 list of places to cross-country ski in our area.

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Georgette Weir's picture

Hike writer Daniel Chazin recommends Balsam Mountain in the Catskills as a great snowshoe. See his description of a hike he took in December 2010.