Trail Alerts in New York and New Jersey region
April 29, 2016: From NY State Parks & Historic Sites: Following a wildfire, Minnewaska State Park Preserve will reopen to the public on Saturday, April 30, with the following restrictions:
Trails connecting the Lake Minnewaska area to the Sam's Point area will remain closed until further notice. Those closed trails are: Lower Mine Hole Trail, Mine Hole Road/Long Path, Scenic Trail, Smiley Carriage Road, Stony Kill Carriage Road, and South Gully Trail. A map of the affected area can be found here. The entire Sam's Point area will remain closed until further notice.
The Long Path is closed from Section 13 (mile 7.8) to the end of Section 14. Detour by following Route 52 to Berme Road in Ellenville (1.6 miles), and following Berme Road to Port Ben Road (3.5 miles).
April 11, 2016: Effective today until at least mid-May, Clinton Road in Pequannock Watershed (West Milford, N.J.) will be closed beyond the fishermen's parking lot and before P3 parking. There will be bridge removal and heavy construction right at P3. From Warwick Turnpike (north end), Clinton Road will be barricaded just south of the P7 parking area. Terrace Pond trails parking areas will be open and hikers can road walk to P5. The old bridge is being removed and road alignment is ongoing for the next month. Hiking permits are still required.
January 18, 2016: Pipeline construction in Yorktown through Sylvan Glen Park in Westchester County severely disturbs the white, yellow, blue, and pink trails. Find advisories, updates on reroutes, and more here.
December 15, 2015: The Fawn Trail in Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks has been extended to continue from its former terminus at the Appalachian Trail. It now connects with and follows a section of the Doodletown Bridle Path, continuing eastward to the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail. The Fawn Trail, now 1.5 miles in length, provides a direct connection from the Anthony Wayne north parking lot to the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail, and thereby also provides more choices for loop hikes in the area. The Fawn Trail includes some hills, though without excessively steep inclines or rock climbing, and is thus less severe and provides a less challenging hike than most other trails in the vicinity.
September 1, 2015: Effective immediately, the Hewitt-Butler trailhead in Camp Vacamas on Macopin Road in West Milford, N.J., is closed until further notice. Parking in the camp is no longer allowed, and there is no trail access. This closure is due to a change in property ownership. The Hewitt-Butler Trail going south from Otterhole Road/Glen Wild Avenue to Osio Rock remains open. Osio Rock offers the best viewpoint on trails in the area and should be considered the turn around point for a hike in this area of Norvin Green State Forest.
July 6, 2015: Trails at Kaaterskill Falls and in the surrounding area will have many restrictions and closures this summer as the DEC begins work to construct a new trail and make other improvements. The following areas will be affected or closed: The Laurel House Road Trail and parking area will be closed for the remainder of the summer, beginning July 6, 2015. You can still access the falls from Route 23A, however, the trail beyond the wooden fence is closed for the summer. Anyone found either past the fence or on the Laurel House Road side will be ticketed by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). This is to allow the DEC to build new stairs and make other improvements that will make Kaaterskill Falls a safer and more enjoyable experience for all. Please give the DEC and contractors the space they need for the safety of you and them. Work should be completed this fall; keep checking the Catskills trails updates page for the latest information.
Hiking and waterfall alternatives in the area can be found in this guide.