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See also listings under Parks.

Download maps to mobile devices from www.nynjtc.org/pdfmaps.

Maps for most hiking trails can be obtained from the NY/NJ Trail conference (201-512-9348) at 600 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ  07430. www.nynjtc.org.

NY/NJ Trail Conference maps can also be bought at the Park Visitor Center & Bookstore on the Palisades Interstate Parkway close to 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 Trailside Museum & Zoo, 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.

View Map

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


Cornwall, 12518

Route 9W south of Storm King Mountain. No marked trails, faint paths, good views.

Delaware River Heritage Trail

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

A 6-mile trail for 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 region including parks, forests and natural areas. Traveling along the Appalachian Trail, abandoned rail lines, Museum Village, lakes, 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

Newburgh Waterfront Trail

Newburgh Boat Launch to Newburgh Rowing Club
845-569-7380

Running through 7 acres, the trail has spectacular views of the Hudson River. Pedestrian access at Ward Brothers Park. Approximately 1 mile long.

http://www.cityofnewburgh-ny.gov/sites/newburghny/files/file/file/trail_map.pdf

Outdoor Discovery Center

Muser Drive at 174 Angola Road
Cornwall, 12518
845-534-5506

1 1/2 mile nature trail through 4 ecosystems. Picnicking. Nature programs every Sat 10am. 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

Port Jervis Water Shed Park

Elks-Brox Park
Port Jervis, 12771
845-858-4000

Over 25 miles of hiking and biking trails along 3 reservoirs. Access in Elks-Brox Park and Reservoir #1. Mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. Year round.

http://www.discoverportjervis.com/watershed-park View Map

Schunnemunk Mountain

Otterkill Road
Cornwall, 12553

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

http://www.palisadesparksconservancy.org View Map

Sterling Forest State Park

116 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. Visitor 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, 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

Walden-Wallkill Rail Trail

Wooster Memorial Park
Walden,
845-778-2177

2.9 mile trail along the former rail bed of the Wallkill Valley Railroad, a direct route to New York City for both farm produce and passengers. The paved trail travels through the woods and along the Tin Brook.

http://www.villageofwalden.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/walden-parks/rail-trail

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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