These Are the Top-Rated Hikes in Westchester County

Welcome in spring and explore all the greenery Westchester has to offer with these top-rated hikes, according to AllTrails users.

Spring has sprung in Westchester County! It’s nearing that time of year when everyone is itching to get out into nature and feel the sun on their skin. While Westchester boasts plenty of parks and noteworthy hikes, here are the top 10 hiking trails according to AllTrails users.

10. South County Trailway

Elmsford
Difficulty: Easy

The South County Trailway is a 12.5-mile point-to-point trail that begins in Elmsford and ends at Van Cortland Park. The trail is frequently occupied by bikers and runners, but walkers can always find a quiet time to enjoy the beautiful trail. While it takes an average of four hours to complete the route, you can always turn around and wrap up your hike early.

 

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9. Muscoot Farm Loop

Muscoot Farm, Katonah
Difficulty: Easy

When planning your trip to visit the wildlife, pick fruit, or check out the history at Muscoot Farm, be sure to carve out an hour to hike its 3.5-mile loop. This is a popular trail for birding, hiking, and walks with the family. Luckily for you, the best months to visit this trail are April through November, although it’s open year-round.

 

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8. Charles Point Waterfront Trail

Peekskill
Difficulty: Easy

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This scenic hike along the Hudson River is 3.9 miles and takes around an hour to complete, but will take longer if you’re soaking in the stunning views. The majority of locals use this route for bird watching, running, walking, and catching the sunset views. The Peekskill waterfront boasts a marina, playground, sculptures, and local eateries nearby.

 

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7. Marshlands Conservancy Loop

Rye
Difficulty: Easy

The Rye marshlands provide the county with a scenic 2.8-mile loop. The regularly occupied trail is considered easy and takes about an hour to complete. Dogs are not allowed on this trail, and visitors should keep their eyes on the weather because the trail tends to get muddy after rainy days.

 

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6. Kensico Dam Staircase Loop

Valhalla
Difficulty: Easy

The Kensico Dam is a favored weekend walk in the area, and for good reason. The dam makes for a beautiful backdrop on this 1.1-mile paved loop. The park features an open plaza, wooded area, stairs, and restrooms. Plus, there’s plenty of free parking for anyone who wants to try out this top-rated hike.

 

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5. Hip Hop to Switchback Loop

Cortland Manor

There are a plethora of hiking routes and grassy areas to relax within Cortland’s Blue Mountain Reservation. Whether you’re walking your dog, going for a jog, or taking a family bike ride, this 1.7-mile loop is the way to go. There is a lake along the route, which is a great pitstop, as well as streams and a bit of wildlife.

4. Hardscrabble Wilderness Area

Briarcliff Manor
Difficulty: Easy

For those residents who are looking for a generally easy one-mile loop, check out the Hardscrabble Wilderness Area. The top-rated hike takes about 24 minutes to complete and is ideal for hiking and walking. Along the loop, you will stumble upon a wooden bridge, wetland marsh, various tree species, and gentle slopes.

 

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3. Route 134

Yorktown Heights
Difficulty: Easy

This 10.5-mile point-to-point trail goes through Yorktown and is nicely paved for cyclists and runners alike. On the northern side of the trail, hikers will find themselves in a wooded area, while the trees ease up on the southern side. There is a pond located on the south route that houses red-winged blackbirds, grackles, turtles, and geese.

2. Rockwood Hall Trail

Phelps Way, Sleepy Hollow
Difficulty: Easy

Rockwood Hall is a popular hiking destination along the Hudson River. The 3.5-mile loop is considered an easy route and takes about an hour and 15 minutes to complete. The trail is open year-round and is always bustling with locals and visitors. Plus, there are striking views of the Hudson, Tappan Zee Bridge, and NYC’s skyline on a clear day.

 

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1. Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary

265 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Mount Kisco
Difficulty: Moderate

This 1.7-mile loop is one of the top-rated hikes in the county. In northern Westchester, Butler Sanctuary is enclosed with luscious trees and features some top-notch water views. The moderately challenging route is a great choice for hiking and running. Plus, it’s open year-round.

 

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