Hiking location suggestions?

Hello! I live in central Jersey and I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on where to go for a hiking trip in NY? Ideally I’m looking for a place that’s friendly to people who don’t know those specific trails and is in the lower half of NY. I’m looking for a place to take my boyfriend for our one year anniversary, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I want to show him a beautiful view and a gorgeous path, as hiking was one of the first things we bonded over.

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  • A great trail right across the NY-NJ border, in Harriman State Park, is the Jackie Jones Firetower / Big Hill Shelter loop trail. You can park on the side of the road, it’s about 1 mile till a firetower with beautiful views from the top, and then another 1.5 miles till the shelter, which has nice views of the NYC skyline.

    If you’re looking for a shorter hike with rewarding views, just to the firetower and back is really quick and fun! The trail has a lot of ruins of an old estate on it, but there is a lot of graffitti and a moderate amount of trash, which might make it less romantic.

    Either way, you’ll probably want to go to Harriman State Park, it has a lot of trails, and is close to NJ.


    Here’s a link to the hike I was talking about [https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/big-hill-and-jackie-jones-mountain-loop](https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/big-hill-and-jackie-jones-mountain-loop)

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