Appalachian National Scenic Trail


View from the AT on Kittatinny Ridge. Photo by Daniel Chazin.


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Park Overview:

A beautiful 160-mile segment of the Appalachian Trail passes through the New York-New Jersey region.

Trail Uses:Hiking, X-C skiing, Handicapped
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:160 miles
Park Acreage:
Multiple locations
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine. 

In the New York-New Jersey area  the “AT” goes north from the Delaware Water Gap along the northwest border of New Jersey, entering  New York State near Greenwood Lake, crossing the Hudson River at Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks – at 124 feet its lowest elevation  -- and passing ultimately into southwestern Connecticut near Kent. 

It crosses through the following parks;  see Location Tab above.

The National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and 31 local trail-maintaining organizations manage the Scenic Trail.  The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is one of these organizations, maintaining all 160 miles in the region.

Additional information and resources concerning the AT in the metropolitan area may be found at the Appalachian Trail Region web page.  See also the links for “Buy Maps” and “Buy Books” near the top of this page.

There are no fees to hike the Appalachian Trail, but New York and New Jersey state parks may charge entrance fees seasonally at some locations.  Check the park’s web page.

Trails Overview:

An overview map of the trail along its entire length is available from the National Park “Appalachian National Scenic Trail” web page. 

The AT is uniformly marked with a 2" x 6" white-painted, vertical blaze.

For detailed descriptions of hikes in the region click on Find a Hike -- sort on “Title” column for hikes beginning with “Appalachian Trail …” The majority of these are loop hikes in conjunction with other trails.  For AT-only hikes click here. The database includes a few AT hikes in nearby sections of Pennsylvania and Connecticut. 

Two of the few wheelchair accessible sections from Georgia to Maine are in this region:




For specific traveling directions and parking areas use the “Find a Hike” and “Find a Park” links provided above, then scroll to the particular park or hike you plan to visit.  

Public Transportation:

Hike descriptions will indicate if public transportation (train or bus) is available to a particular trailhead. 

The AT crosses the Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem Line at the Appalachian Trail station (just off N.Y. Route 22, between Pawling and Wingdale) -- the only train station located directly at an AT crossing anywhere along the 2,180-mile-long trail!  Limited service is provided at the Appalachian Trail station, with trains stopping there only on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (the station, which is little more than a low-level platform, is not wheelchair accessible).  At other times, hikers may board trains at Pawling (to the south) or Harlem Valley-Wingdale (to the north).  Trains run north to Wassaic and south to Grand Central Terminal in New York City.



Contact Information:Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Region:Appalachian Trail
Fees:Some times and places; check with park

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New boardwalk crossing the Great Swamp in Pawling, NY

On Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM a grand opening celebration will be held for the newly completed Appalachian Trail (AT) boardwalk crossing the Great Swamp in Pawling, NY.  The event will take place where the AT intersects State Route 22 near the Metro North Railroad Appalachian Trail train station, approximately two miles north of the Village of Pawling.  The public is invited.   For the rest of the story click here.