5 great places for spring hiking in upstate New York

With warmer weather finally on its way, hiking can be a great way to break a months-long spell of cabin fever and catch some springtime scenery.

Luckily, the Southern Tier offers a variety of hikes that range in length and difficulty, providing outdoors enthusiasts of all ability levels with the chance to view blossoming flowers, chirping birds and flowing streams.

Hikers should have safety at the top of their minds in any season, but spring can be particularly challenging because of varying weather conditions.

It’s common to encounter wet or muddy conditions on a spring hike as the ground thaws and April showers saturate the soil. Weather can also vary wildly on any given spring day, making it important to prepare for the possibility of different weather scenarios.

If you’re hiking a new trail, research it online beforehand. Check the weather and note when the sun sets so you can plan to return before dark. Arrange to hike with others or, if you’re going solo, notify someone else of your plans. If available, check trail conditions; some groups, like the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, post semi-regular condition updates.

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