While the urban jungle of New York City gets the limelight much too often, the parks, waterfalls, and hiking trails in New York state are not talked about enough. If you have been smitten by the “Nature” bug and want to give your wanderlust toes plenty of ground to cover, then New York State is the place to be. Your nature craving will be satisfied and you will be left inspired by the soulful beauty of the sites you experience.
We Ying and Yang of YIN YANG ON FLEEK – have spent quite a few weekends exploring the parks in this area and are always left feeling excited about discovering yet another beautiful patch of land or water body! Join our journey as we unveil some of the true treasures of New York state. These are perfect locations for a quick and restful weekend getaways…
Located two hour east of Buffalo by road, the village of Naples is home to the beautiful Grimes Glen Falls. Grimes Glen is a long deep gorge that makes its way into the village of Naples, eventually joining with the Naples Creek that drains into the Canandaigua Lake, one of the famous five Finger Lakes of NY. The highlight of this trip is a barefoot trek through the water to get to the falls. We absolutely loved the feel of the warm summer waters running through our feet as we made our way to see two waterfalls along the way.
Adirondacks – Lake Placcid Region
The Adirondacks – a true treasure that New Yorkers can proudly boast about. During our 3-day journey, we explored the Lake Placcid region of the Adirondacks, a small portion of the 6 million acres of magnificence that this area has to offer! A comfortable stay at the cozy Hungry Trout Resort, delicious meals at local diners, and stunning views of the White Face Mountain, this place will keep you coming back for more! If you’re looking to add some adventure to your travels, don’t miss a visit to Ausable Chasm. A $50 adventure package will present you with the opportunity to cargo net climb, zip line, edge walk, cross a cable bridge, and relax as you go tubing down the stream. Great value for your mula!
Thousand Islands, NY
If serene waters, castles, knights, trap doors, secret passageways, exquisite royal décor, and a touch of adventure sound exciting to you, then you must visit the enchanting Thousand Islands of New York. 1,800 Islands, spanning across the US and Canadian borders, lodged on the beautiful St. Lawrence River, make for a great royal retreat. If you take Uncle Sam Boat tours from the Alexandria Bay area to begin your exploration, they offer many different packages, including the Singer Castle Tour – Gold Route. This tour lets you explore the cryptic Singer Castle on Dark Island and the Boldt Castle on Heart Island, which is a must see for us hopeless romantics. Catch a hot air balloon ride to get an aerial vista of the islands. End your trip with a relaxing visit to a local Alpacca farm to spend some time with adorable and fuzzy Alpaccas.
Finger Lakes, NY – Lake Seneca Region
Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous park among the Finger Lakes parks, with its positive reputation of leaving its visitors spell bound! Located in the village of Watkins Glen in the Lake Seneca region, this park is a nature lover’s paradise. To get the best views of the beautiful gorges and waterfalls, we suggest the Gorge Trail which is an easy hike on a paved staircase trail. We recommend spending a couple of hours on this trail to take in all the beauty and to do justice to your time here. Rent a cozy cabin at Seneca Lodge for a true rustic experience.
Robert Treman Park
Known for its beautiful waterfall and supervised swimming area at the base of the waterfall that is easily accessible to the public, this park is another favorite in the Lake Seneca region. Due to a milder winter last year, the water levels were quite low when we visited. Over the years, we have seen this waterfall transform with the dynamic forces of nature.
Seneca Lake Harbor
Don’t miss to take a leisure stroll through the boardwalk at Lake Seneca Harbor. The view of the docked ships against the waters is stunning!
Sky Dive Finger Lakes
Celebrate a life milestone with some adrenaline gushing through your being. Skydive Finger Lakes offers a fantastic personalized tandem skydive experience and more over the scenic Finger Lakes of NY.
We continue to work our traveling toes while discovering something new about New York State every time. Stay tuned to our blog to catch happy tales of our love for NYJ.