New Year’s Day Winter Hikes 2024

Start the New Year with a hike in the great outdoors! Inspired by Governor Kathy Hochul’s invitation to hike state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas and other outdoor public lands on New Year’s day, we put together some wintry hikes for an outdoor adventure.

Andes Rail Trail
Trailhead Location: 266 Depot Street (aka Cabin Hill Road/County Route 2), Andes, NY
Hike Length: 1.8 miles (out-and-back)
A trail perfect for walking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing, this old railroad route is perfect for an adventure in the snow.

Bear Spring Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Trailhead Location: Trout Brook Road and West Trout Brook Road, Downsville, NY. Parking lots found along either side of the road.
Hike Length: There are many trails in this park. Follow this link for details on each.
This maintained land of 7,000 acres is home to 11 miles of hiking that is accessible year round. Seating in the towns of Walton, Colchester, and Hancock, there are many easy trails to choose from. Follow the link to find the trails you’d like to explore with your family.

Bramley Mountain Trail
Trailhead Location: 2739 Glen Burnie Road, Delhi, NY
Hike Length: 4 miles
The complete loop visits the 2817’ summit with its site of a former fire tower (the fire tower will be restored in 2024), a beautiful abandoned bluestone quarry, and the impressive cliffs and caves that lie between. This hike can be challenging in winter conditions depending on snow and ice coverage. Be prepared with appropriate hiking gear.

Catskill Scenic Trail
Trailhead Location: Beginning at State Route 10 at Feed Store Road (Bloomville, NY) and State Route 30 at Hardscrabble Road (Roxbury, NY).
Hike Length: 26 miles
This beautiful, retired railroad route is a perfect trail for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. You can decide how long you’d like to hike on this long route that goes through many Catskill Mountain towns.

Palmer Hill Trail
Trailhead Location: Finkle Road, off State Route 28, Andes, NY
Hike Length: 1.6 miles or 2.1 with a total of 3.1 miles of trail
This trail is on an old farmstead and offers two looping trials, is accessible for the whole family and has a stunning view.