Avoid most popular hiking trails in Adirondacks this fall

New York conservation officials are urging Adirondack hikers to stay off the most popular trails in the High Peaks region this fall and range into other parts of the six-million-acre park. Growing numbers of hikers in the Adirondack Eastern High Peaks region are trashing trails, crowding summits and negatively affecting the experience for others. The Department of...

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Momentum builds for Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail

It’s been four years since it was first announced. And years remain before it is to be completed. But momentum continues to build for one of the most ambitious trail projects in the mid-Hudson Valley, a potential 9-mile pathway linking Beacon and Cold Spring, New York. The Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail will provide hikers and bikers safe passage through the towns of...

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Victor Hiking Trails plans for next steps in NY community

It was nearly 25 years ago that a small group of hiking enthusiasts huddled for the first time. Their passion: enjoying and preserving Victor’s natural beauty. Their goal: to create a system of multi-use trails that would preserve open space and provide an educational and recreational experience for everyone in the town of Victor, New York. Mission accomplished. Although...

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Whistle-stopping the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail platform on the Metro-North Rail Line is merely a whistle-stop in Pawling, NY but it is from here that hikers from the metropolitan New York region are able to directly step onto the Appalachian Trail. And while New York has the only whistle-stop on the entire Appalachian Trail, it is testimony to Metro-North’s commitment to hikers that it offers...

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Wild Walk gives NY museum visitors treetop view of forest

A new wooden walkway in New York’s Adirondack Mountains takes nature lovers on a tour of the treetops to let them experience the forest from the perspective of the birds and beasts that live there. The $5.5 million Wild Walk is set on the 80 wooded acres of the Wild Center, an interactive natural history museum in Tupper Lake, NY. It opened Saturday, July 4, 2015....

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Hiking Snake Hill and the historic sites of Newburgh along the Hudson

There is no better vantage point of historic Newburgh and the northern entrance to the Hudson River’s highlands than Snake Hill – maintained through a partnership of Scenic Hudson and the Orange County Land Trust. Ascending the only route up Snake Hill – a closed asphalt road – a rosary of erratic rocks line its right shoulder, the largest being a yacht-sized boulder and...

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Park in Ulster County, NY Features Unique Hiking Trails

Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County, New York offers breathtaking views from some of the most unique vantage points the Empire State has to offer. “There’s so many different trails to see,” said Eric Humphrey, superintendent of the Minnewaska State Park Preserve. “But the accessibility of some of them, to get to some of these rugged...

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Accessible hiking trail, Long Island’s second, to open in Kings Park

New York State crews are building a new accessible hiking trail in Kings Park that officials said will accommodate wheelchairs, scooters and strollers, and help deter damaging all-terrain vehicles or people dumping trash. The trail, to open in mid-August, begins off Meadow Road, south of the Long Island Rail Road tracks and west of Lawrence Road on state land known as...

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Volunteers Sought For Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey

On July 31, 2014 the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) will host a Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) citizen science monitoring training at its Lake George Office with the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and Cornell University. Hemlock woolly adelgid is an invasive forest pest that is causing...

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Guided Hiking in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes Trail (FLT), true to its name, traverses the entire Finger Lakes region and then some. Beginning in the west at the Pennsylvania border in the Alleghany State Forest, it wends its way eastward weaving north and south past the southern ends of the larger lakes, ending at the Long Path in the Catskills. The Cayuga Trails Club leads regularly scheduled...

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DEC Issues Revised Draft Adirondack Park Trail Plan for the North Country National Scenic Trail

As part of a federal effort to expand the national trail system across the northern U.S., the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a revised draft Adirondack Park Trail Plan for the North Country National Scenic Trail (NST). The plan includes recommendations for the route of the National Scenic Trail through the Adirondack Park....

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New section of Long Path hiking trail in Catskills opens June 7

Volunteers spent 1,500 hours over a two-year period to create a 9.5-mile hiking trail that starts in Phoenicia and goes up into the Slide Mountain Wilderness. On Saturday, June 7, 2014, National Trails Day, the public can see the results of those efforts. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference will celebrate the culmination of the work with an 11 a.m. opening the...

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Hudson Valley full of beautiful hiking options

Stancy DuHamel remembers when her parents insisted that she and her five siblings head outside. These days she doesn’t need any prompting. “It’s a great way to clear the mind and discover,” said DuHamel, a resident of New York City and long-term weekender in Wingdale, NY. “Plus the air is fresh.” Millions of people agree with DuHamel....

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On Long Island, going beyond the beaches and hiking the nature preserves

If you grow up on Long Island, there are certain inevitabilities. Manhattan will always be the city; traffic will always crawl. And if it’s summer, you’ll always, always end up at the beach. But there are alternatives. The island’s South Fork (the 45-mile-long bottom “fin” of this fish-shaped suburban enclave) has hikes and nature preserves to explore. The options are...

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CAT offers hiking alternative to High Peaks

A new nonprofit group that has been developing trails in the Champlain region of New York for the past five years is planning an inn-to-inn trekking event to showcase the area. The organization Champlain Area Trails is hosting an event called the Grand Hike on May 3, 2014. Hikers will depart at 9 a.m. from the Westport Hotel in Westport, walk along trails and scenic back...

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New life for railroad bridge in Avon, NY

If you’ve lived in Avon, NY for any length of time, you probably have your own memories of the abandoned steel railroad bridge at the end of Farmers Road. You’ve probably ventured down the narrow dirt road, past the village Department of Public Works, to the old bridge which last saw a train more than 30 years ago. More people will soon discover the location — about...

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Letchworth among NY parks to conduct guided hikes Jan. 1

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will sponsor 24 guided hikes in state parks and historic sites on New Year’s Day as part of the third annual First Day Hikes program taking place across the nation. First Day Hikes give individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors...

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Cuomo says he’ll sign Adirondack wilderness plan

The Adirondack Park Agency has voted to create a vast new 24,000-acre wilderness and primitive area along a remote stretch of the upper Hudson River in upstate New York. The land, most of which lies in Hamilton County, had been owned by the Finch Pruyn logging and paper company for more than a century. This decision by the Adirondack Park Agency commission sets aside a...

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Cayuga Trails Club explores and preserves region’s numerous hiking areas

On a recent Saturday in November, a handful of outdoor enthusiasts gathered at the Cornell Plantations. Led by Cayuga Trails Club volunteer Anna Keeton, the group braved the early-morning chill to learn how to use a compass and map to orient themselves in nature. Keeton, who used these techniques daily in her previous job as a resource management archaeologist, explained...

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Hiking club registering for ‘End to End’ challenge

The Taconic Hiking Club is registering for “End to End,” a 29-mile endurance challenge along the Taconic Crest Trail, scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014, beginning at Pittsfield State Forest. This event pits entrants against 29 miles of unimproved backwoods trails traversing three states: New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. The challenge of this hike is a...

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Top-notch hiking in the Adirondacks

Adirondack Park encompasses 6 million acres of hills and mountains, rivers and lakes, farms and forestlands in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, the largest protected area in the United States outside of Alaska, and a unique public-private partnership where conservation and civilization not only coexist but thrive. Within the park, and preceding its...

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Trail would be cheaper than subsidizing rail, NY citizens say

In 1996, New York State allowed train advocates a five-year opportunity to develop rail services, through private investment, along an inactive 90-mile rail line through the Adirondacks from Old Forge to Lake Placid. Despite tens of millions of dollars of state money spent to rehabilitate and maintain it, most of that rail line is now essentially abandoned. A nine-mile...

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A 90-year journey: Appalachian Trail marks anniversary

To walk the entire Appalachian Trail is to spend five months or so sweating in, freezing in and soaking in the vistas presented by the forested, rocky ridges of the East. The journey will take you from Georgia to Maine — or vice-versa — right through New York’s Bear Mountain State Park, where the national scenic trail was essentially born 90 years ago. The trail...

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As Adirondack Reserve Grows, Asking How Wild It Should Stay

A 250-foot waterfall, one of the tallest in the Northeast, tumbles over giant slabs of marble. A chain of 13 crystalline lakes and ponds teems with bass and lake trout. A 10-mile stretch of the Hudson River gorge winds through dense stands of hemlock, white pine and red maple. These natural features make up the more than 21,000 acres of the Adirondacks that were recently...

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Hiking trail opens at Pepacton Reservoir in Delaware County, NY

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the Catskill Mountain Club have opened a new hiking trail on property near the Pepacton Reservoir that the city bought in 2010. TThe club established and will maintain the 5.3-mile trail, which includes an outlook with a view of the reservoir. The Department of Environmental Protection, which operates the...

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Hiking history: Kansas City man marches through Saratoga along historic Knox Trail

A Kansas City man recently traveled to upstate New York to begin walking the historic Knox Trail that passes through Saratoga County. Dave Fagerberg hiked all the way from Ticonderoga to Mechanicville, following the route Col. Henry Knox used in winter 1775-76 to deliver cannon to Gen. George Washington in Boston, which forced the evacuation of British troops and ships...

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Finger Lakes Land Trust to buy land to create Skaneateles Lake hiking trail

The Spafford, NY Town Board is discussing a Finger Lakes Land Trust plan to buy 205 acres from the Burns family on Route 41 to create hiking trails at the southern end of Skaneateles Lake. The Finger Lakes Land Trust has an agreement to buy the property from Bill and Leonard Burns. “It’s the linchpin property in our goal to create a greenbelt along the south...

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Renovated Rosendale trestle reopens, reconnecting long-sundered Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

“A great day for Rosendale” is how supervisor Jeanne Walsh characterized the grand opening of the renovated railroad trestle spanning the Rondout Creek, linking the northern and southern portions of the nearly completed 24-mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail from Gardiner to Kingston in New York. Four years after the Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) and the Open Space...

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New hiking trail opens at NY’s Ft. Ticonderoga

For the first time ever, visitors to Fort Ticonderoga, NY will be able to explore one of America’s most significant historic sites on water and land. The new recreational activities will highlight Fort Ticonderoga’s rich historic landscape. A new interpretive hiking trail winding around Carillon Battlefield offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to explore the site’s...

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Hiking in the footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt

At the end of a long and winding road in the Adirondacks there is a trail to Mt. Marcy that includes a bit of history along the way. It was on this path that Teddy Roosevelt hiked during his last day as Vice President of the United States. Today, you can take the same trail the Rough Rider/cowboy/future president walked over a century ago. Climbing the tallest peak in...

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