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New York State: 7 Ways to Connect with Nature While Social Distancing

New York State is incredibly rich in natural resources. From serene lakes to exhilarating waterfalls and lush forests, here are 7 getaways to connect with nature while social distancing.

To encourage social distancing and help stop the spread of COVID-19, many areas have reduced parking by 50%. Other places require reservations. Therefore, be sure to check the website in advance of your visit.

Letchworth State Park

Called the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park is one of the most scenic areas in the eastern U.S. Gorges, three major waterfalls, and towering cliffs, (some as high as 600 feet) are the highlights. The lush green forests and 66 miles of hiking trails provide visitors with plenty of room to social distance while enjoying nature.

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

The Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge provides lovely nature trails alongside marshes, forested wetlands, and grasslands. Overlooks and photography blinds allow visitors to observe diverse wildlife such as eagles and nesting osprey in their natural habitats.

The Wild Center

The Wild Center’s elevated walkway provides stunning vistas of the Adirondack Forest and surrounding nature. Reservations are required.

St. Regis Canoe Area

The 18,400-acre Saint Regis Canoe Area has a plethora of lakes and ponds. With remote kayaking and canoeing opportunities are an ideal place to social distance. Also, be sure to take a hike to Saint Regis Mountain, a popular spot with its signature fire tower.

Walkway Over the Hudson

Visit the world’s longest elevated pedestrian footbridge, Walkway Over the Hudson. At more than two kilometers long it provides a magnificent scenic walk over the majestic Hudson River. In addition, at either end, there are miles of trails, parks, historic districts, shops, and restaurants all within reach by foot or bike.

Lander’s River Trips

Spectacular kayaking and canoeing can be found on the Delaware Rivers. Lander’s River Trips, known as the best Delaware River Outfitter in New York, offers eight different riverside locations for rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing.

MidMountain Zipline Adventure

Fly like a bird above the treetops by zipline. Traverse 4 rope and plank suspension bridges and rappel 65-foot down. MidMountain Zipline Adventure is a fun way to spend the day amidst the natural beauty of the Catskill Mountains.

New York State offers a variety of ways to connect with nature while social distancing. Whether you favor a relaxing kayak trip in a serene lake or an adrenaline-pumping zipline over the treetops, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. However, just be sure to social distance and wear a mask, please.

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