Day Hikes Near NYC

Memorial Day came and went, serving as an induction of sorts for summer.

What better way to kick off the holiday than with a hike? Just a hop, skip, and Zipcar rental away from the city lies an oasis of forest and fauna.

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Cranberry Lake Preserve in Westchester County is located 30 minutes from Manhattan. The red trail (an easy 3 mile loop) takes you around the perimeter of the Preserve,  past Cranberry Lake, stonewalls, toad-filled bogs, quarries, water lilies, and a waterfall.  It’s the stuff of Game of Thrones, minus all the politics of power, war, and gore.

We spotted lots of wildlife in the area, including a hawk, deer, turtle, blue jay, and chipmunks. An overlook point reminiscent of childhood tree houses made for a great stop to refuel and relax.

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It was a welcome change from my usual hiking digs outside the city: Breakneck Ridge. So if you’re in the market for a super mellow day trip to explore the great outdoors,  then Cranberry Lake Preserve is right up your alley.

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Looking for more hiking options outside New York City?  Check out this super slideshow on where to get your hike on.

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