AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City: Four-season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey

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You don’t have to travel far from New York City to find some of the best day hikes in the Northeast. This guidebook from the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Best Day Hikes series takes you to 50 of the best excursions in New York, Connecticut, and northern New Jersey. Perfect for beginners, seasoned hikers, families, tourists, and even local residents, AMC’s Best Day Hikes near New York City unveils hidden gems of the New York City metro area.

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Overview

You don’t have to travel far from New York City to find some of the best day hikes in the Northeast. This guidebook from the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Best Day Hikes series takes you to 50 of the best excursions in New York, Connecticut, and northern New Jersey. Perfect for beginners, seasoned hikers, families, tourists, and even local residents, AMC’s Best Day Hikes near New York City unveils hidden gems of the New York City metro area.

Hike the Palisades Interstate Park, explore the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge, discover the Paugusett State Forest, trek through the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt in Long Island, or even ramble through Central Park from end to end – no matter what your ability level, this guide is a must-have resource for your an hour or day of adventure.  Many hikes in the guide are accessible by public transportation, making it easy for you to get out on the trail.

Inside You’ll Find:

  • GPS coordinates to all trailheads
  • Locator Map and "At-a-Glance Trip Planner" for easy planning
  • Detailed maps showing parking areas, trails, and natural highlights
  • Summaries of time, distance, and difficulty level for each trail
  • Hiking and safety tips, including advice on what to carry in your pack
  • Essays about the flora, fauna, and historic landmarks of the New York City area
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934028384
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 526,012
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Case is a native of northeastern New Jersey who lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and son. He has worked in journalism, and served on the board of the Catskill Mountain 3500 Club. His work has appeared in Adirondac and Kaatskill Life magazines.

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Table of Contents

Locator Map iv

At-a-Glance Trip Planner viii

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction xxi

How to Use This Book xxiii

Trip Planning and Safety xxv

Leave No Trace xxix

Section 1 New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley

1 Central Park 3

2 High Line 10

3 Staten Island Greenbeit 15

4 West Pond Loop 20

5 New York Botanical Garden-Native Forest 24

6 Pelham Bay Park 28

7 Hook Mountain State Park 32

8 Tuxedo Loop 37

9 Bellvale Mountain 41

10 Sugarloaf South 45

11 Harriman State Park-Long Mountain 50

12 Bear Mountain 55

13 Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center 60

14 Blue Mountain Reservation 64

15 Teatown Lake Reservation 69

16 Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve 73

17 Pawling Nature Reserve 77

18 Ward Pound Ridge Reservation 82

19 Nimham Mountain State Forest 87

20 Clarence Fahnestock State Park-Canopus Lake 91

21 Hudson Highlands State Park-Breakneck Ridge and Bull Hill 96

22 Black Rock Forest 102

23 Stewart State Forest 107

24 Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge 111

25 Highland Lakes State Park 117

Section 2 Northern New Jersey

26 High Point 123

27 Rattlesnake Swamp Loop 127

28 Mahlon Dickerson Reservation 133

29 Bearfort Mountain 137

30 State Forest-Terrace Pond Abraham S. Hewitt 142

31 Assiniwikam Mountain 147

32 Ringwood State Park 151

33 Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area 156

34 Palisades Interstate Park 160

35 Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge 166

36 Watchung Reservation 170

37 South Mountain Reservation 175

Section 3 Long Island and Connecticut

38 Massapequa Preserve 183

39 Muttontown Preserve 187

40 Manetto Hills 191

41 West Hills County Park 195

42 Uplands Farm Sanctuary to Cold Spring Harbor State Park 199

43 Nissequogue River State Park 204

44 Connetquot River State Park Preserve 209

45 Mianus River Park 214

46 Devils Den Preserve 218

47 Naugatuck State Forest 223

48 Lower Paugusett State Forest 227

49 Upper Paugusett State Forest 232

50 Pootatuck State Forest 236

Nature and History Essays

Urban Planner Extraordinaire Robert Moses 9

The Fall and Rise of the White-Tailed Deer 36

The Hudson Highlands and the American Revolution 54

The Wild Turkey 68

The Chestnut Oak 81

Saving Storm King 101

The Short-Eared Owl 116

Tocks Island Dam 132

AMC and the Highlands Conservation Act 141

The Legends of Clinton Road 146

The Geology of the Palisades 165

Snapping Turtles 208

The Threatened Hemlock 231

The Mountain Laurel 240

Appendices

A Critical Treasures of the Highlands 241

B Resources 244

C Further Reading 245

Index 247

About the Author 253

Appalachian Mountain Club 254

About the AMC in New York 255

AMC Books Updates 255

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