Anisah Singh  /   11/09/2022

Top 4 Weekend Getaways From NYC – Just 2hrs away!

Are you looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City, be one with nature, enjoy crisp fresh air, and hiking trails? We often get caught up with the day-to-day of our busy lives and forget to stop and look around and live in the moment. Sometimes all we need is breath of fresh air surrounded by nature. What better way to get all of that than weekend getaways?

It may seem unimaginable that New York has hiking trails and waterfalls. But look no further, Community Lands is here to give you four gems for your weekend getaway just two hours out from New York City waiting for you to explore and enjoy.

1. High Falls, Philmont

Located in Columbia County NY, High Falls offers three beautiful hiking trails, with a total of 1.5 miles. And a gorgeous 150 feet waterfall to marvel at! You can visit this trail year-round, whether you enjoy the colorful leaf transition into the fall, the hot summer sun, hiking in freshly fallen snow, or the refreshing warmth of the spring air and blossoming trees. Perfect for year-round weekend getaways.

2. Ashokan Rail Trail, Ulster County

The Ashokan Rail Trail is an 11.5 miles trail running along the northern edge of the Ashokan Reservoir. Be prepared to see magnificent views of the reservoir and foliage. You can walk these beautiful trails or even ride along the trails with a bike. If you don’t have one, you can easily rent one from a nearby rental shop. The trail is accessible from sunrise to sunset. If you are a sun chaser, you can catch a magnificent East Coast view of the sunrise or sunset! 

3. Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie

This amazing 1.28-mile walkway just 212 feet above the Hudson River is a great inclusive way to enjoy nature, indulge in panoramic views, and escape the city. The Walkway s perfect for weekend getaways with friends and families. It offers an Electric Tram allowing EVERYONE to enjoy the World’s Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge! There is even an option for a Greater Walkway Experience’s nine Discovery Zones, with various options for any interest whether its history, waterfronts, or urban areas. 

4. Kaaterskill Falls, Hunter

Experience breathtaking hikes through 1.4 miles of majestic natural landscapes.  And you can’t miss a gem of a waterfall, dropping in two tiers over 260 feet. This waterfall was an inspiration to many poets and artists. Most famously Thomas Cole, who made this waterfall the focal point of many of his paintings. Unlock your inner creativity, slow down time, and let nature inspire you and escape the fast-paced city life. 

You can take a quick day trip just 2 hours outside the city to one of these beautiful locations. Or you can make it a weekend getaway and rent a cabin nearby. Either way, take some time to escape New York City and enjoy the nature surrounding us. If you’re looking for more tips, check out our posts on all you can do out in nature!

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