The 27th largest state in the country, New York has an eclectic mix of terrain that ranges from great valleys to tailored urban landscapes. It is home to the Great Appalachian Valley, the Allegheny Plateau, the massive Adirondack Park and the magnificent Niagara Falls.
The 141,300 square kilometre state stretches from the North Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, with mountains, rivers, forests, farms and lakes making up much of its geography. Lakes in the state are enjoyed throughout the summer months, and there are plenty of them.
Here are the 15 best lakes in New York State:
1. Avalanche Lake
Sitting in the in Adirondack High Peaks, Avalanche Lake is a stunning 3.6 hectare lake that is surrounded by mountains, making it extremely picturesque. The lake is accessible by walking along the Trail of the Cedars, which is lined with boulders and trees.
The lake was discovered in 1833, though it got its name after an avalanche hit the area in 1869. The elevation was raised yet again when an avalanche hit the area in 1942, making it 879 metres above sea level.
Avalanche Lake is an amazing place for those wanting to relax in a tranquil environment and snap some phenomenal photographs. Camping grounds can be found at various spots around the lake, which can be quite busy during the summer months.