Serendipitous Outings near New York City: On Foot in New Jersey, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania

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For the discriminating walker with a taste for the unusual, Serendipitous Outings near New York City includes strolls in New Jersey, Long Island, the Hudson River Valley, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania as well as a special section for birders. These walks meander through woodland gorges; among wildflowers; into deserted villages; along lakes, rivers, and the ocean; and to a historic cemetery.

Selected outings are for those with specific interests: There are mushroom forays, walks...

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Overview

For the discriminating walker with a taste for the unusual, Serendipitous Outings near New York City includes strolls in New Jersey, Long Island, the Hudson River Valley, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania as well as a special section for birders. These walks meander through woodland gorges; among wildflowers; into deserted villages; along lakes, rivers, and the ocean; and to a historic cemetery.

Selected outings are for those with specific interests: There are mushroom forays, walks among fragrant herbs (especially, but not only, for the blind and handicapped), total fitness trails, vineyard and apple-picking walks, and a walk amid an amazing sculpturescape. Each entry includes the authors' recommended time for a visit (it's not always spring!), directions, and ideas of other outings in the area. All walks are within the abilities of the average family, and some are easier.

For walkers of every description—from experienced hikers to leisure-time strollers—this book is the perfect guide to outdoor adventures close to the City.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762736683
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2006
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Lifelong friends and travel guidebook writers Marina Harrison and Lucy D. Rosenfeld have collaborated on six books together, including Gardenwalks in New England, Gardenwalks in the Mid-Atlantic States, and Gardenwalks in the Southeast.

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A Romantic Riverside Walk Nyack Beach State Park, Nyack, New York

This is a beautiful, romantic riverside walk in which the Hudson River is so close you can actually put your feet in at any moment. The winding path is a one-way trail along the riverbank, but you will find it interesting and varied even when you retrace your steps. The red sandstone, shale, and traprock cliffs of the Palisades at Hook Moutain border the trail on one side, while the gently lapping river flanks the other.
The trail is totally flat, with occasional picnic tables and lookout rocks. You can go 1.7 miles to the end or do any part of it, remembering that you have to walk back.
This is an all-season walk, although it can be cold and blustery in winter. However, many enjoy it particularly then, when large ice floes dot the river and bang up against the shoreline. Even on the hottest summer days the walk is pleasant, breezy, and partly shaded. In late spring you will find a wonderful variety of wildflowers. As might be expected, Sundays are more crowded, although we have never found it unpleaasantly so. The rest of the time it is a mostly quiet, solitary walk.

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