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Top 10 Fall Hikes to View Spectacular Autumn Foliage in NY-NJ: 2015
Where are the best trails to enjoy fall foliage in the New York-New Jersey region in 2015?
We asked our staff and volunteers for their favorite fall destinations. Their top 10 recommendations (in no particular order) are all day trips accessible from anywhere within the region. Click through the list below to find details and directions for each hike. Then get out and enjoy the great outdoors on trails maintained by volunteers of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference!
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Favorite Fall Foliage Hikes in NEW JERSEY
The Wyanokie High Point Loop in Norvin Green State Forest passes by an old iron mine and boasts 360 degree panoramic views at the summit.
Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of New Jersey Walk Book, and by George Petty, author of Hiking the Jersey Highlands.
The Surprise Lake Loop in Abram S. Hewitt State Forest is a strenuous workout, but one of the most memorable hikes in the Jersey Highlands.
Recommended by George Petty, author of Hiking the Jersey Highlands
Favorite Fall Foliage Hikes in NEW YORK
Hike the Appalachian Trail and return on lesser-used trails via the Black Mountain Loop in Harriman State Park.
Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of Harriman Trails: A Guide and History.
This hike on the Long Path and Shawangunk Ridge Trail in Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest boasts numerous views along both sides of the Shawangunk Ridge.
Recommended by Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator
This loop hike following the Catskill Escarpment above Kaaterskill Clove offers prime leaf peeping in Catskill Park (above photo).
Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of New York Walk Book