We sure are lucky to be living in a place where the options for going on a scenic hike are plentiful and varied. From reservoirs to state parks to marshland conservancies, here are some of our favorite places. Just click on the links to read our detailed guides on how to best enjoy these hikes with kids.
Croton Falls Park, Cortlandt (pictured at top)
This is a spectacular hike about 25 minutes north of White Plains. Best part is that you don’t have to work too hard (read: walk too long) for an incredible payoff!
Rockefeller State Park, Pleasantville
Not only is the flower garden gorgeous at this state park, but the one-mile loop around the lake is also the perfect place for spotting turtles and frogs.
Marshlands Conservancy, Rye
This is a hike that’s best done after a rainy spring day. Bring the rainboots and let your kids stomp in the puddles and squish in the mud the whole way.
Cranberry Lake, North White Plains
A quirky and historical hike that lends a sense of adventure, Cranberry Lake is, in other words, perfect for kids. There’s a climb up to the top of a stone quarry to boot.
Croton Aqueduct Trail, Irvington
Babbling creeks, old stone towers, and wide open fields dot this Rivertown hike, with the Lyndhurst castle waiting at the finish line.
Teatown Lake, Ossining
The loop around Teatown Lake is an easy and scenic hike for kids, and the floating bridge at the end of it is a bonus. Keep an eye out for turtles!