Appalachian trail gets a new section in Bear Mountain

There is a new section of the Appalachian Trail in Bear Mountain, NY that will open this weekend, thanks to nine months of work by volunteers.

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s Long Distance Trails Crew, an all-volunteer group, contributed more than 3,000 hours this year to relocate a 0.2 mile section of the historic trail in Bear Mountain State Park.

The section was heavily used and deeply eroded, said Chris Reyling of Hartsdale, who’s the head of the Trails Crew team. The relocated route was built with natural stones to minimize erosion, he said. “We hope what we designed is going to last for a long time,” Reyling said.

The Appalachian Trail runs for nearly 2,200 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, passing through 14 states, eight national forests and six national parks.

The Bear Mountain section of the trail was originally built in 1923 by the Trail Conference, and the organization has been working on multiple trail renovation projects in recent years. The opening of the new section will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting event at noon Saturday, November 14, 2015.



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