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This month marks the 80th anniversary of the #AppalachianTrail, which passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. . With so many access points along its approximate 2,190-mile route, this trail is not only an excellent option for thru-hikers and section-hikers, but also day-hikers and those looking to escape into nature for a few hours. . To honor the Appalachian Trail, we have compiled a list state by state of some of our favorite day hikes along the AT. Check out this list for New York and help us celebrate the legacy and natural wonder of this trail!

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Dave Gershgorn
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If you’re planning on backpacking, make sure you call ahead and check if the shelter you’re planning to stay at is open. The trailhead and Elk Den parking lot have reopened, but quite a few campsites are closed due to problem bear activity. Hiked 17 miles (took a wrong turn at one point) to get to the Lake Tiorati campground where I planned to set up camp. Since it and all the shelters on the trail back were closed, ended up having to bail and walk back on the road to make it before sunset. Totaled 21 miles, not a super fun end to the day. Call ahead! Otherwise, the trails are challenging and fun, worth your time if you plan it right.

Lauren D.
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Chris McKeown
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Hiked this today (Sun, 7/12). Make no mistake, this is a physically tough hike. Anthony’s Nose is the best viewpoint followed closely by another of the entire southern Hudson about 2.5 miles in. You could alternatively begin this hike at the Toll House, which is the halfway point. Recommend wearing boots as there are plenty of loose rocks and bringing lots of water. I’d say one of the best hikes in the area!

Kate Chang
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Tim Gillen
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Scott Broglia
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The never ending staircase. Easy trail to follow, but it is a straight vertical to the top. I recommend the trail, because the view at the top is gorgeous and there are other spots with incredible views of the Hudson Valley. But don’t be fooled by it’s moderate label, it is 2 miles of stairs to the top, and than 2 miles of stairs to the bottom.

Peter Daniel
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Crowded down below but less so as you ascend. Great views. I took the stairs up and down (oof what a workout! Love it). Tower currently closed because of Covid-19. VERY nice views and picturesque! $10 fee to park in the lot for the day.

Janina S.
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Did this a few weeks ago. Started from the toll house all the way to the top. Pretty challenging. The pathway from the toll house doesn’t seem like it was maintained all that well, so be sure to keep out for the markers so as to not to stray too far from the trail. View was alright. Probably would want to hike it for the challenge rather than the scenery.

Christian Morraz
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Caitlynn Brown
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Great hike. Scramble is a bit tricky at parts but very fun. Did see a black bear on the trail at one point but it wasn't aggressive and we just moved along in the opposite direction.

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Mitchel Blummer
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The trail is beautiful and well maintained - lots of wooden planks to bridge muddy sections. Once you arrive at the lake it is very serene - we took the white trail and looped around the whole lake, transferring to the yellow on the south end before deciding to camp on the east side of the lake. There are lots of primo looking camping spots on the west side but many signs that say no camping and the trail can clearly be accessed by vehicle so we decided not to go for it. This was July 4th weekend so didn’t want to tempt any rangers who might be patrolling. We found a beautiful spot to pitch the tent on the south side right by the water. There’s an established fire pit but we didn’t get one going because rain rolled in during the late afternoon. We saw full families of both geese and ducks as well as a variety of reptiles including snakes, salamanders, frogs, etc. this one guy told us that plutonium got sprayed across the whole area so the water might be “iffy” but I argued with him telling him that was 50 years ago, gonna take swim tomorrow.

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Christine Kick
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Lauren Elizabeth
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Parking lot was open today. Trail was in great shape. A lot of people swimming in the rapids and ignoring the no swimming signs. There are several drownings each year here (class V rapids) so please be respectful of local SAR and stay out of the water.

Jody Becker
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Nice overall hike that isn’t too hard or too easy and never gets boring, even in the return trip. Great scenery when you’re by the river. Not crowded at all on a weekday. Some decent views from the peak of Tenmile Hill. At one point I got off trail and was unable to cross over the river. Not a very easy mistake to correct. That was my own fault however and the trail it’s actually very well marked.

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Sinèad Fe
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1.5 miles uphill to Anthony nose peak, great view but disappointed with the rest of the trail. Not many attractions other than the first peak. Lots of ups and downs though. Very buggy, very crowded.

Lauren Martin
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I would not recommend hiking this as a loop. Walking on route 301 is very dangerous. There are parts where there is no visibility and no shoulder to walk on. To make it worse, cars park over the white line making people walk in the road. With growing popularity of this park, I would highly recommend hiking this as an out and back to the view point on the Appalachian trail.

Gianna Robinson
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Def getting a good workout, trails straight up, but there’s nice spots to stop & enjoy the view. I don’t think it’s moderate, more so difficult. $10 fee to get into parking lot. Very busy as well

Eva RN
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Actually really liked this trail because of its elevation and views. The only downside were the big flies tryin to bite me every minute. Also had to cut the hike short and turn back earlier than I wanted because I saw a bear.

Cristian Farfán
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Josh S
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Got here around 10 am and it was very quiet. Parking lot is small though so recommend getting here early. Great shade so not too hot. A lot of bugs so bring bug spray. Moderate length and low stress. I’d recommend wearing pants because of the overgrown brush.

ashlee rosado
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Den Noel Delos reyes
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Not for beginners I should say. Trail is a bit confusing. But overall the view and challenge was worth it!!! Great work out! One of my favorite hikes!

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