With 6 million acres, dozens of hiking trails and several daunting mountains, there's a lot of ground to cover, and a lot of possibilities -- particularly if you or your family is new to hiking. Fortunately, a number of tour and hiking coordination companies are around for just this sort of thing. Generally divided by region, a guided hike with a private, seasoned hiker who knows the area can make the idea of hiking these majestic mountains seem a lot less complicated. Some will even provide a package deal that includes another area of recreation expertise, such as fly fishing, camping, hunting, wildlife spotting or canoeing.
These guides (who must be licensed with the state of New York) operate during all four seasons, and they can accommodate beginners, families or seasoned experts looking for a new challenge. They'll even provide equipment for hiking and additional activities.