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6 Instagrams Will Inspire You To Hike New York ASAP

By on May 19, 2017

New York Is Not Just NYC

Most people think of New York City when they think of New York.  Although there is a lot to do and see (and eat) in NYC, it’s not the ultimate place to visit for nature lovers.  Outside of the city is a ton of great hiking trails, campgrounds, lakes, waterfalls, and farmland.  There’s the Catskill Mountains just a couple hours north of the city.  About 4-5 hours north of NYC is the Adirondack Region, which covers about 1/5 of New York State.  The Finger Lakes Region is another sight to see, along with the Delaware River and the famous Niagara Falls.  Forgot that was in New York, didn’t you?


Instagram #1: “hikingadkchick” – an avid hiker and explorer in the Adirondacks

This Instagram is full of tall trees, shoreline, and lot of waterfalls.  Her photos show a lot of winter hikes, so if you’re already missing the snow, this will help take you back to winter.


Instagram #2: “minds_eye_vision” – a primarily dark photo photographer in the Hudson Valley

These photographs caught my eye because most of them are pretty dark; they capture the beauty of nighttime without natural [sun]light.  Some photos have been taken during the day but the dark style is maintained throughout most of the account.  It’s also a great account to follow if you love sunsets.

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Instagram #3: “chris_rhineh” – a selection of New York nature and landscape photography

This account caught my eye because yes, I am one of those people that can’t get enough sunset photos in my life.  I haven’t seen beautiful sunsets since moving to Manhattan after they were plentiful in Arizona.  I love landscape photography and many of these photos show the calm, peaceful water.

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Instagram #4: “jthomas_adker” – a young mother and her son hiking all over!

These photos from around the hiking trails of New York (and some beyond) will make you want to get on the trail right now.  The photos are beautiful, peaceful, and sometimes just fun.  They also go on water and mountain biking adventures.

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Instagram #5: “hikeharriman” – just a guy hiking all over Harriman State Park

Harriman State Park is not too far north of New York City, many of it accessible by transit.  If you’re living in the city, many of the trails on these photos could also be yours to hike without renting a car!

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Instagram #6: “erinandadventuredog” – a girl and her adorable hiking husky!

What a happy and lucky dog to get to spend so much time outside and on the trail!  This Instagram is one of my favorites since I have a sweet spot for dogs.  She has a lot of fun with her pup and their connection is evident in her collection of photos.

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    May 19, 2017

    Great selection of photos! Hopefully I’ll be making a trip to upstate New York this summer!

    Simply Lovebirds

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      Rachel M

      May 19, 2017

      Where are you located? We could go hike together!

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        May 26, 2017

        I am from Branford, Connecticut. So I’d have to drive a few hours to visit NY depending on where the hikes are 😛

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          May 26, 2017

          What’s your favorite hike near you?

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    May 20, 2017

    I’ve never heard of these accounts before! I’m always on the lookout for profiles on instagram that’ll encourage me to get outside. Thanks for this.

    cabin twenty-four

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      Rachel M

      May 21, 2017

      Sure – I hope it helps you get outside too!

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    Al Christie

    May 21, 2017

    Rachel – your header caught my eye right away. I was born and raised upstate, in a tiny town between Troy and Bennington Vt. My grandfather was a preacher and a guide in the Adirondacks. My wife was born and raised in the Catskills. My mom and dad had a camp in the middle of the Adirondacks where I spent every minute of my summers. When I was 15 I went on a three week canoe trip in the Adirondacks.
    The thing is, ever since we moved out west, if I tell someone I’m from N.Y., think think I’m a city slicker! I have to explain to them just what you said – New York is not just the city!!

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      Rachel M

      May 21, 2017

      Wow, thanks for sharing this. There’s just so much to see in this state but everyone is so infatuated with coming to the city. Don’t get me wrong, I thought it would be amazing too but you just can’t really enjoy the outdoors very easily.

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    Al Christie

    May 21, 2017

    Rachel, you might like my little story about Blue Mountain and Blue Mountain Lake.
    Feel free to re-post it if you’d like.
    It’s at

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      Rachel M

      May 21, 2017

      Thank you so much for sharing this – it’s very inspiring!

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I am Rachel, an early 30's Midwestern girl residing in NYC with my husband and dog. I have learned to appreciate the city but am also a huge adventure girl. Follow along with my outdoor adventures as well as my city adventures and fitness journey. I'm an advocate of empowering other petite women not to be limited by our size!


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