East Fishkill Rec Park

Scenery:
Difficulty: 2 out of 10 (easy stroll)
Highlights: Creek, Trails, Twizzlers
Distance: 2 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 40 Minutes
Total ascent: ft
Max elevation: ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You don’t have time to get too far out into nature, but want to take a stroll on a pleasant trail anyway, and perhaps catch a foul ball while you’re at it.

Fahnestock: Jordan Pond

Scenery:
Difficulty: 5 out of 10 (long-ish stroll with rolling hills)
Distance: 4.5 miles, Partial Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 2.5 Hours
Total ascent: 645 ft
Max elevation: 1,126 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to hike a relatively flat trail to a beautiful pond overlook, some cool fields and some nice (but not huge) views.

Fahnestock: Pelton Pond

Scenery:
Difficulty: 2 out of 10 (easy, short, fairly flat stroll)
Distance: 1.5 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 1 Hour or less
Total ascent: 141 ft
Max elevation: 915 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to take a short, scenic stroll around a beautiful pond.

Falling Waters Preserve

Scenery:
Difficulty: 3 out of 10 (short hike with a few rolling climbs)
Distance: 2.7 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 Hours
Total ascent: 399 ft
Max elevation: 150 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You like cascading waterfalls, river views and beautiful countryside. If that doesn’t apply to you, the Poughkeepsie Galleria might have some good sales going on right now.

FDR Nat’l Historic Site

Scenery:
Difficulty: 3 out of 10 (easy stroll with some small hills)
Distance: 3.4 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 2 Hours
Total ascent: 371 ft
Max elevation: 226 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to check out FDR’s crib and romp around the woods in his backyard.

Ferncliff Forest

Scenery:
Difficulty: 3 out of 10
Highlights: Campsites, fire tower, Pond
Distance: 2.2 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 Hours
Total ascent: 299 ft
Max elevation: 430 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want a short, easy hike to a fire tower with some crazy panoramic views.

Fishkill Ridge: Lambs Hill

Scenery:
Difficulty: 9 out of 10 (steep, long climb)
Distance: 4.4 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 4 Hours
Total ascent: 1,579 ft
Max elevation: 1,477 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to climb a seriously steep mountain to some unique and awesome Hudson Valley views.

Franny Reese State Park

Scenery:
Difficulty: 3 out of 10
Distance: 2.6 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 Hours
Total ascent: ft
Max elevation: ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You’re looking for a pleasant walk through the woods with some nice river views.

Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain

Scenery:
Difficulty: 6 out of 10 (or 9 out of 10 if you choose to climb Panther Mt., too)
Distance: 3.2 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 2 Hours (or 4 hours if you hit Panther Mt., too)
Total ascent: 1,090 ft
Max elevation: 3,170 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to stand on some awesome ledges with amazing Catskill views. Also, you don’t mind having some company on the trail.

Great Swamp

Scenery:
Difficulty: 5 out of 10 (flat stroll leading to hilly stretches)
Distance: 4.9 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 3 hours
Total ascent: 817 ft
Max elevation: 765 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to stroll on a beautiful boardwalk that passes over peaceful marshlands on the Appalachian Trail, then check out the biggest honking oak tree for about 1,000 miles in either direction.

Harriman State Park: Lemon Squeezer to Lichen Trail

Scenery:
Difficulty: 9 out of 10 (long hike with rolling climbs and plenty of opportunities to get lost)
Distance: 7.4 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 4.5 Hours
Total ascent: 1,804 ft
Max elevation: 1,363 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to take a long hike to see some nice views, beautiful trails, a gorgeous lake and some funky rock formations.

High Banks Preserve

Scenery:
Difficulty: 3 out of 10 (friendly stroll with gentle inclines)
Distance: 3.1 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 hours
Total ascent: 370 ft
Max elevation: 294 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to take a nice stroll in the woods around a new, well-maintained preserve with varied terrain and interesting trails.