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6 Hidden NY Gems to Explore


We get it. Living in the Big City brings endless excitement to your doorstep, but it can also make it challenging to find less popular places to explore. StorQuest is here to help! Check out our list of six hidden gems around New York for some awesome adventures you can enjoy with a little more space from all of your neighbors.


While it’s not exactly hidden, Montauk is definitely off the beaten path, and you’ll have plenty of room to explore solo. This charming and scenic spot at the edge of Long Island serves up incredible views, with opportunities for surfing and fishing, plus snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. Stop in at Montauk Point State Park to do some sightseeing and to throw a line in the water. Nearby Camp Hero State Park features wooded areas and amazing ocean views along rugged cliffs, a picture-perfect setting for more memorable adventures.

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area

Upstate New York is a doable day’s drive from the city but feels a whole world apart. If you’re looking for a spot where you can see the best this region has to offer without quite as many visitors alongside you, check out Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area. Camp at the edge of this beautiful and sequestered lake to reconnect with nature, and when you’re ready to get out on the water, you can enjoy great boating and fishing. Located near the massive High Peaks Wilderness, Pharaoh Lake also offers a smart launching pad for Adirondack hiking, whether you’re looking to climb Cascade Mountain or summit Mount Marcy, the highest point in the High Peaks Region.

Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area

No matter where you land, a trip to the Finger Lakes Region always delivers. Among the 1,550 acres of Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area, you can find some room to yourself and space to enjoy whatever outdoor activity is calling to you. Explore more than 20 miles of multi-use trails on foot or on your bike. Bring along your pole, since you’re just minutes south of world-class bass fishing at Honeoye Lake. At an elevation of over 2,000 feet, this beautiful forested area makes an ideal winter escape too, offering cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.


Looking for an outdoor destination that doesn’t take a full day of driving out of your trip? The small town of Hunter in Greene County has a ton to offer adventure-seekers no matter the time of year. In the fall, cruise through a gorgeous canopy of fall foliage on a hike to Kaaterskill Falls or rip through some challenging singletrack trails on your mountain bike. Summers offer ziplining and off-roading action and awe-inspiring hikes in the Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area. In the winter, bring your skis for some exhilarating runs at Hunter Mountain Resort. Hunter has anytime adventure that will keep you coming back.

Stewart State Forest

Just north of Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks – both great destinations as popular as they are awesome – lies Stewart State Forest, a less traveled area that offers endless exploring. For an ideal summer escape, find the perfect campsite, then spend the day fishing, hunting, or riding trails. To get a little perspective, hike nearby Schunnemunk Mountain and take in expansive views of the forested valleys and farm lands surrounding you, plus glimpses of the Hudson River in the distance. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling will keep your pulse pounding during snow season, too.

Great Sacandaga Lake

For a hidden gem that offers all-in-one adventure, you won’t do better than Great Sacandaga Lake. This sparkling 29-mile reservoir in the scenic Adirondacks lies an hour northwest of Albany and brings a little bit of everything. Swim, fish, or boat on the water, and camp, cycle, or golf on land. Visit in the cold-weather months for awesome skiing, skating, and snowmobiling. Whatever adventure you had in mind, you can make it happen at Great Sacandaga Lake.

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