Five Upstate New York Hiking Spots to Clear Your Head
For the artist Theresa Drapkin, hikes aren’t just how she and her young fam get exercise—those jaunts are also where she gets ideas for her vibrant oil pastels, If you find yourself near her neck of the woods in Kingston, New York, lace up your boots and hit these trails. Inspiration’s practically guaranteed.
“This was the site where John Burroughs actual home was. He was a naturalist, and you can walk past his log cabin. It’s actually called Slabsides because the outer pieces of the logs on his cabin still have bark on them, and are also known as slabs. It’s a perfect hike for all seasons, but it’s really pretty in the winter with all the snow. It’s a loop, so you’re not retracing your steps, which is nice.”
“This walk is great to do in the fall because the leaves are so beautiful. The views are also pretty wild, but note that it’s more of a moderate hike, not an easy one. You’re definitely hiking upward and all around, and it’s a five-mile trip.”
“The path around this lake is a very leisurely walk, and at the center of the trails is Colgate Lake. It’s made up of lush greens and beautiful pastures at the edge of these two mountains, the Arizona Mountain and the Black Head Mountain. There are wild flowers everywhere too, so this is definitely more of a spring and summer destination spot. You can swim in the lake or set up a picnic—it’s all really stunning.”
“This is a hidden spot that makes you feel like you’re completely in the woods, but it’s right outside of Woodstock. This is more of my lunchtime walk because it’s only a few miles and takes about 30 minutes, so it’s great to do with a friend or my daughter in a carrier. It’s a really textured trail with rocks and tree roots, and it’s right along this creek.”
“This is another one of my favorite destination walking spots. It is a 500-acre, open-air museum with one of the largest collections of contemporary outdoor sculptures in America.”