Turkey Hikes in New York and New Jersey

How about a hike to go with (or better, after), your Thanksgiving dinner? Here are several "Turkey" hikes in our region.

 

Turkey Hill Lake. Photo by Daniel Chazin.Queensboro and Turkey Hill Lakes in Harriman State Park, NY. This loop hike follows two historic trails and runs along the shores of Queensboro Lake and Turkey Hill Lake (photo at left).

Long Path to Long Mountain Summit in Harriman State Park, with view of Turkey Hill Lake below.

Turkey Mountain Loop via Butler-Montville/Red/Yellow/Valhalla Trails, Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, Morris County, NJ** This loop hike follows woods roads and footpaths up Turkey Mountain, passing remains of old quarries.

Turkey Mountain Loop #2, Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, Morris County, NJ*. This loop hike follows woods roads and footpaths up Turkey Mountain, passing remains of old quarries and reaching a panoramic viewpoint.

Turkey Mountain, Waterfall Trail, Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, Morris County, NJ*. This loop hike climbs a ridge to reach a viewpoint over Valhalla Lake and passes an old stone cabin, a scenic waterfall and the remains of a limestone quarry. Turkey at Wallkill National Wildlife Area. Photo courtesty US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Turkey Swamp Park: Part of the Monmouth County, NJ, Park System, the 2111-acre Turkey Swamp Park offers a variety of outdoor recreation activities. A designated area is open for bow hunting during the 2010/2011 hunting seasons established by the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife. Trails remain open to public.  The adjacent Turkey Swamp Wildlife Management Area is a hunting area.

*Note: There is no hunting at Pyramid Mountain in November. Controlled hunt is set for days in December, January, and February. Check their website.