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Maps for most hiking trails can be obtained from the NY/NJ Trail conference (201-512-9348) at 156 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430. www.nynjtc.org NY/NJ Trail Conference maps can also be bought at the Information Center on the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Bear Mountain (845-786-5003) between exits 16 and 17. And at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall (845-534-5506). CAUTION. Some parks are closed to hikers during hunting season in November and December. Check with either the park or the Department of Environmental Conservation (845-256-3000) for restrictions.

Appalachian Trail

Spanning from the New Jersey border to the Hudson River (about 35 miles), the trail was founded here in 1923. A lengthy portion offers scenic views of Greenwood Lake. It also winds its way through the Bear Mountain Wildlife Center, the most popular section of the entire trail.

http://www.appalachiantrail.org

Back Track Inn

92 Route 284
Unionville, 10988
845-726-3956

4 bunks available only to hikers on the Appalachian Trail. Late April early Nov. Post office is drop point for Trail travelers.

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Black Rock Forest

Route 9W
Cornwall, 12518
845-534-4517

Northwest of West Point, marked and unmarked trails ranging from short walks to long hikes. Fires, bathing and camping prohibited. Visitors board, maps and other materials available at parking lot on southbound lane of 9W.

http://www.blackrockforest.org View Map

Crows Nest

Route 9W south of Storm King Mountain.
Cornwall, 12518

No marked trails, faint paths, good views.

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Delaware River Heritage Trail

127 Main Street
Port Jervis, 12771
845-858-4017

A 6-mile trail created to allow walkers to enjoy the city’s historic sites and river vistas that have been immortalized in photographs, songs, paintings, and literature. Directions and a description of the walk with highlights are available.

http://www.minisink.org View Map

Heritage Trail

Goshen, Chester & Monroe
Goshen, 10924
845-294-8886

Converted rail bed of the Erie Railroad. Walk, jog and bike on this 12-mile scenic route. Trail entrances in Goshen, Chester and Monroe. Eventually a 20-mile trail will be cleared from Middletown to Harriman along the rail bed. •

http://www.orangecountynyparks.com View Map

Highlands Trail


Cornwall-on-Hudson, 12520

35 mile trail traversing some of the most beautiful and scenic areas of the rugged highlands region including many parks, forests and natural areas. Traveling along the Appalachian Trail, abandoned rail lines, Museum Village, lakes, over Schunnemunk Mountain, through Black Rock Forest and to the top of Storm King Mountain overlooking the Hudson River.

Huckleberry Ridge State Forest

Hawthorn Blvd
Greenville, 12771
845-256-3000

500-acre forest. The Shawangunk Ridge Trail hugs the eastern edge of this forest.

http://www.nynjtc.org View Map

Outdoor Discovery Center

Route 9W
Cornwall, 12518
845-534-5506

1 1/2 mile trail designed to study nature. Winds through 4 ecosystems: forest, grasslands, ponds and wetlands. Rotating art exhibits in farmhouse at the beginning of the trail. Picnicking in designated areas. Nature programs every Sat 10 AM. Part of the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Donation. Dawn to dusk.

http://www.hhnm.org View Map

Pochuck State Forest

County Route 1
Pine Island, 10969
845-256-3018

503 acres, no marked trails, but former logging trails, and public access roads. Popular for hunting, hiking, camping, and horseback riding.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands View Map

Schunnemunk Mountain

Otterkill Road
Mountainville, 12553

Six marked trails ranging from 1.6 to 8.1 miles. Excellent views. Highest point in the lower Hudson Valley (1700 feet).

http://www.palisadesparksconservancy.org View Map

Schunnemunk Preserve

Clove Road
Cornwall, 12577

Located in the northwest edge of the 6-mile Schunnemunk Ridge, which rises from 600 feet to nearly 1,700 feet. Numerous trails with rocky summits and spectacular views looking toward the Hudson River.

http://www.palisadesparksconservancy.org View Map

Sterling Forest State Park

115 Old Forge Road
Tuxedo, 10987
845-351-5907

8 mile Sterling Ridge Trail and 3 mile Allis Trail. 4 mile Indian Hill Loop. 7 miles of Appalachian Trail and 10 miles of the Highlands Trail. Information Center is located near the south end of Sterling Lake.

http://www.palisadesparksconservancy.org View Map

Stewart State Forest


New Windsor, 12553
845-256-3076

7,000 acres of wildlife management area with semi-paved lanes for walking, running, mountain biking, horseback riding, and bird watching. Includes newly opened 4-mile Doris Duke Trail loop and boardwalk over the Great Swamp. Hunting permitted. 3 pull-offs with trailheads along Route 207 between Drury Lane and Route 208.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands

Storm King State Park

Route 9W
South of Cornwall,
845-786-2701

A favorite of hikers since early 1900. This mountain inspired the ecological movement in the United States. Beautiful views of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. Hiking and hunting. Undeveloped with no facilities. Limited parking. Hikers must stay on the trails. No bushwhacking.

http://www.palisadesparksconservancy.org

Wallkill Valley Loop

Throughout Orange County 117-mile hiking route that circles the Wallkill River Valley. The trail explores the region by connecting portions of 4 existing long-distance paths: Appalachian Trail, Shawangunk Ridge Trail, Long Path, and Highlands Trail.

http://www.nynjtc.org/region/wallkill-valley-loop
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