Top 10 Fall Hikes to View Spectacular Autumn Foliage in NY-NJ -2013

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Where are the best trails to enjoy fall foliage in the New York-New Jersey region in 2013? 

We asked the authors and editors of Trail Conference publications for their favorite fall destinations. Their top 10 recommendations (in no particular order), all day trips from anywhere within the region, are below. Click to find details about each hike and how to get to it. Then get out and enjoy the great outdoors close to home on trails maintained by volunteers with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference!

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Favorite Fall Foliage Hikes in NEW JERSEY

Wyanokie High Point in Norvin Green State Forest
Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of New Jersey Walk Book, and by George Petty, author of Hiking the Jersey Highlands.
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Surprise Lake Loop Abram S. Hewitt State Forest
Recommended by George Petty, author of Hiking the Jersey Highlands
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Top of the Palisades to Hudson River Shore Trail
Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of New Jersey Walk Book
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Monument Trail Loop at High Point State Park
Recommended by Robert Boysen, author of Kittatinny Trails
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Favorite Fall Foliage Hikes in NEW YORK

Black Mountain Loop in Harriman State Park
Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of Harriman Trails: A Guide and History.
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Cranberry Lake Preserve in Westchester County 
Recommended by Jane and Walt Daniels, authors of Walkable Westchester
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Hudson River Views from Storm King State Park
Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of New York Walk Book
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Clifftop Ramble at Minnewaska State Park
Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of New York Walk Book
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Panorama from Dutchess County High Point on Taconic Ridge (pictured above)
Recommended by Georgette Weir, editor of Trail Walker
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Catskill Escarpment Loop
Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of New York Walk Book
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