Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention– and going for a walk is certainly one of the simplest and most refreshing ways to do it.
Improved mood and a maintained weight are among the many excellent reasons to go for a stroll. Walking is not only great for those just beginning their fitness journey, but a moderately-paced scenic walk can make for an active family outing or romantic date.
By now you’re probably wondering: Well, where are some walking trails near me? Read on to find some of our favorite walks in the Northeast.
Note: Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, please see official websites before visiting to check for restrictions or closures.
Open to walking and mountain biking, this trail is 0.6 miles in length. The trail is made of concrete, crushed stone, gravel and footbridges that bring you through marsh habitats.
This stone dust trail stretches from East Hampton to Putnum, following old rail beds. Walk, hike, bike or ride a horse to enjoy this secluded trail.
Find more Connecticut walking trails, here.
This 11.9-mile path travels through forested areas, featuring breathtaking views of mountains, lakes, rivers and wetlands. Trail-goers can also bring binoculars for bird-watching or cast a line in one of the ponds.
This 9.2-mile asphalt trail welcomes walking, biking, in-line skating and cross-country skiing. It is also wheelchair accessible. There are hopes to expand the trail to 12.5 miles in length.
For more Massachusetts walking and hiking trails, see here.
The asphalt trail is 3.6 miles long. Stroll through woodlands and wetlands as you follow this trail through southern New Hampshire.
This 5.5-mile walking trail is also wheelchair accessible. The trail’s surface includes dirt, grass, gravel and sand. Activities like mountain biking and cross-country skiing are also welcome.
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There’s plenty to see on this 22-mile trail. The tree-lined path crosses wetlands, streams, fields and small towns. It’s divided into two sections, which currently aren’t linked, so some visitors may need to travel along an on-road route.
The Ramapo Valley reservation is home to a a network of loop trails. The 7.2-mile Ramapo Reservation Loop Trail, 3.5-mile Vista Loop Trail and 4.1-mile Ramapo Ramble Trail are all great options for nature walks.
For more places to walk and hike in New Jersey, see here.
Following along the path of the former Delaware & Hudson Railroad, this trail offers a 9.8-mile stroll through woodlands. During the spring, look out for views of a rushing creek; fall is the perfect time to leaf peep. Along the way, visitors can access Veterans Memorial Park located in Delmar and Fireman’s Park in Slingerlands.
This 5.6-mile, multiuse, asphalt rail trail is wheelchair accessible and welcomes walking, biking and in-line skating. Explore western New York as you stroll through Allegany and Cattaraugus county.
For more information on New York trails, see here.
Newport’s 3.5-mile Cliff Walk offers great ocean viewing. Breathe in the salty sea air as you follow path, spotting wildflowers, birds, historic Gilded Age mansions and more along the way.
On the shores of Narragansett Bay, this path (Rhode Island’s best-known rail trail) offers 14 miles of alternating landscapes, including stunning wilderness and urban enclaves. Along the way, visitors can wander off on spur trails, discovering parks and conservation areas.
Find more Rhode Island walking trails, here.
With all the stress in our daily lives, walking trails near you can be a peaceful and heart healthy way to unwind and rejuvenate. Spend some quality time with your loved ones or hit the trail solo for some quiet reflection. Looking for a challenge? Hiking trails and bike paths will still give you those beautiful views and serene environments, with a little extra cardio!
Where are some of your favorite places to spend time outdoors? Let us know in the comments below!
Check out these accessible trails for explorers with disabilities.
This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.