Although you can visit New Paltz and take advantage of this small town’s beauty any time of year, the warmer months will allow you to get your full taste of all New Paltz has to offer. And if you happen to visit in the fall, you’ll also get to take in the beautiful fall foliage of the Catskills – which many leaf-peepers drive from all over to see!
The below guide shares the 6 best outdoor activities for this picturesque mountain town. No matter what you choose to fill up your trip itinerary, you can’t go wrong with making New Paltz your trip away from home.
New Paltz is an extremely bike-friendly town and you’ll find that some of the hiking trails you encounter are also open to bikers! Our favorites are the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, making the 22-mile trail feel more feasible to tackle on a bike in half the time, and the River to Ridge Trail which is slightly more challenging with hills, but also gives you the same stellar scenery to view as you bike. In addition to the Rail and Ridge Trails, you’ll find that many other hiking spots you are considering, also offer biking trails. If you’re looking for a bike rental, we recommend getting your rental from New Paltz Biking (https://npbiking.com/) – they are reliable, reasonably priced, and their team is terrific at recommending routes!
New Paltz is on the Walkill River, so seeing the town by water as you kayak, is the best way to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Kayaking is the perfect, peaceful escape we all crave on an outdoor trip. Grab a kayak from the friendly folks at New Paltz Kayaking (https://npkayaking.com/) – whether you’re part of a group, or traveling solo, they will make sure you are well equipped and that you’re ready for your day excursion.