National Trails Day 2009: June 6

NTD logoTake part in the annual celebration of trails by helping with a trail project or exploring a trail on a guided hike. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and many of our member clubs welcome new participants.

Is your club or organization planning a National Trails Day event? Send us your information and we will add it to our list on this page. Put "National Trails Day Event" in the subject line and email the details to [email protected].

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is a member of the
American Hiking Society. 


Celebrate & Explore a New Trail at Wonder Lake State Park

Wonder Lake signJoin the Trail Conference in celebrating the official opening of the first leg of the Highlands Trail east of the Hudson River. Crews of volunteers have been hard at work building this new trail at one of New York's newest state parks. The trail leads to and around Wonder Lake and follows a combination of newly constructed hiking trails and previously existing woods roads. Mountain laurel may be in bloom.

Ribbon-cutting will take place at 10am at the parking lot on Ludingtonville Road in Putnam County, between exits 17 and 18 on I-84.  Hikes will start immediately afterwards. Bring water, snacks, and wear appropriate footwear.

*Directions: Exit 17 off of I-84 (Ludingtonville Road). Head East on Ludingtonville Road (also called County Rte 43). The road will twist and turn. After approximately 1.5 miles, you will see the parking lot for Wonder Lake on your left.

Try a Trail Project!

Help Cut New Trail on the Shawangunk Ridge
Trail Conference volunteers will be cutting a new trail in Deerpark, extending the Lenape Ridge Trail. Meet at 10 am on Rt. 6, at the town line of Greenville and Deerpark.
Leaders: Andy Garrison: [email protected] or 845-888-0602
Jakob Franke: 201-768-3612 (home) or 201-638-0582 (cell)

Join a Hike!

Union County Hiking Club. Celebrate National Trails Day at Watchung Reservation, Union County, NJ. Leader: call 908-527-4231 to preregister. Meet: 8:30am for check-in and continental breakfast. Join staff and volunteers in this national event for a guided walk and/or on maintenance or repair projects in Watchung Reservation.

Adirondack Mountain Club, Mid-Hudson Chapter. Wonder Lake State Park, NY. Leader: Georgette Weir, 845-462-0142. Meet: 10am at parking lot of park, on Ludingtonville Road. See info above. 

Outdoor Club. Hike the Heights on National Trails Day, NY. Leader: Bob Ward, 718-471-7036; call one week in advance for meeting time and details. Meet: NW corner of Central Park West and 110th St. 4-5 miles at easy pace. Walk along the heights, retracing part of General Washington's retreat, ending at High Bridge Water Tower. Water, T-shirts, and lunch provided after hike in celebration of National Trails Day. Nonmembers $3.

Adirondack Mountain Club, Mid-Hudson Chapter. Appalachian Trail: NY22 to West Dover Rd, NY. Leaders: Jane Geisler, 845-677-9909, and Sue Mackson, 845-471-9892. Meet: 9am at NY22 DOT parking (west side), about 3 miles north of Pawling. Moderate 5 miles at leisurely pace. In-depth look at trail maintained by our chapter: flora, fauna, history, geology, maintenance items. On this National Trails Day, we may see a field of blooming blue Iris and meet some AT thru-hikers. Heavy rain cancels.

Union County Hiking Club. Farney Highlands, Rockaway Township, NJ. Leader: Al Verdi, 973-263-8569. Meet: 10am at fisherman's parking on Split Rock Rd. Moderate to brisk 4 miles with some hills; we'll pass Beaver Brook and the reservoir.

Adventures for Women. Ramapo Dunderberg End to End - Part 1, Bear Mountain-Harriman State Parks, NY. Call: 973-644-3592 for info and registration or go to Meet at 8am. Strenuous hike/ moderate pace. Out by 5 pm.