Fall hikes in Upstate NY: 10 easy hiking trails to experience fall foliage

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Not so difficult that you can’t take the kids. And grandma.

And autumn is a beautiful time to hike. Pack a lunch, family and friends, and head out to explore. We’re loving these hikes in New York State. And hope you do too.

See you on the trails!

As leaves change colors across the region, it’s a great time to gather up family and friends and spend a sunny fall afternoon on one of these beautiful, easy hikes.

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Pfeiffer Nature Center 
Portville, N.Y.
The Nature Center offers more than 600 acres to explore, including 20 acres of rare, old-growth forest with Eastern Hemlock, White Pine, Red and White Oak and more.






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Bear Mountain, Cranberry Lake Wild Forest
Clifton, N.Y.
The Cranberry Lake region is one of the remote areas remaining in the state. Bear Mountain offers beautiful views of this spectacularly untouched region.



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Finger Lakes Trail, Finger Lakes National Forest
Hector, N.Y.
Come to the Finger Lakes and stay for the beauty of the Finger Lakes National Forest. There are eight day hikes for those of all abilities.






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Highland Forest Nature Trail
Fabius, N.Y.
Come see why the Highland Forest is called the “Adirondacks of Central New York.”





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Thacher State Park
Voorheesville, N.Y.
Voted number one for best places to take kids in the Capital Region, Thatcher State Park will certainly capture the imagination of youngsters.




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Azure Mountain
Waverley, N.Y.
Find picturesque views of the famous Adirondack peaks and unbroken forest on the top of Azure Mountain.




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Frick Pond Loop
Willowemoc Wild Forest, N.Y.
Experience the Catskills region on this loop trail in the .






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Bald Mountain
Old Forge, N.Y
This family-friendly hike at Bald Mountain in the Adirondacks is just under a mile. The spectacular views at the top will make the 500-foot incline worth it.





Mendon Ponds County Park 
Honeoye Falls, N.Y.
Try the 1.5-mile West Esker Trail for some great leaf peeping as ash, maple, oak and black cherry trees change colors.




Green Lakes State Park
Fayetteville, N.Y.
Take a leisurely walk around Green Lake and Round Lake, or try one of the 14 connecting trails that weave through the surrounding forest.



Thanks to Danielle Roth for this article:
image of Pfeiffer Nature center from Caitlinwil on Instagram, Cranberry Lake from JohnBerry The Post-Standard, Finger Lakes Trail grimsmirk on Instagram, Highland Forest Nature Trail cnyhiking.com, Thatcher State Park cnyhiking.com/NYSP-JohnBoydThatcher.htm, Azure Mountain adirondackhiker.com, Frick Pond Loop catskillhiker.com, Bald Mountain wikipedia.org,  Mendon Pond from wishesndishes.com,  Green Lakes State Park from Michelle Breidenbach: mbreidenbach@syracuse.com
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