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Picturesque hiking trails that can be reached by public transport from New York


Vita Popova

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Summer and early fall are great times to get out for a picnic or go hiking. If on one of those sunny weekends you feel adventurous, but don't want to travel far from New York, pay attention to this selection from the publication New york curbed.

Warmth came to New York. This means that in the next few months, many of the city's residents will start thinking about where to spend the weekend.

In all five districts of the city there are lots of public places, parks and other locations that you can visit. However, sometimes one wants to go away from the hectic rhythm of the city in order to be closer to nature.

If you do not have a car, but the craving for merging with nature is enormous, and there is a way out. Take the train or bus that will take you from the huge metropolis to the base of the high mountains in just an hour.

Below you will find several exciting hiking trailswhich you can reach by public transport.

Breakneck Ridge

Breakneck Ridge is just one hour from Grand Central on Metro-North. The hike starts at river level. Next, you need to climb about 457 meters along a steep rocky ridge. The hike, about 6 km long, is quite difficult, and sometimes it will be necessary to climb high cliffs. But climbers will be rewarded with stunning views of the Hudson Valley at several points along the trail. Storm King Mountain sits across the river, Bannerman Castle on Rollopel Island to the north, and the Manhattan skyline is visible on a clear day.

How to get there: take the train to Cold Spring station and then take a taxi to the point where the route starts.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

This is a less difficult route following the Old Croton Aqueduct path. It was laid back in the 42th century. Fresh water was transported from the upper part of the state down to New York along this trail. Today, this XNUMX-meter route connects the Bronx with the Croton Dam. This is an ideal place for beginners in walking tourism, as well as for everyone who wants to go on a route leading to historical sites.

How to get there: The trail can be reached from Metro-North stations between Greystone and Ossining on the Hudson Line.

Anthony's nose

It is a ridge in the Hudson Highlands near the Cortlandt Manor. A steep 152-meter staircase leads you to a 4-kilometer route. Then a relatively gentle path leads to the exit to the Hudson River and Bear Mountain Bridge. Those looking for a longer trip can start on the Camp Smith trail.

How to get there: This place can be reached from several trails. The easiest way to do this is from the Appalachian trail, which starts from Route 9D. On weekends, Metro-North Hudson Line trains stop at Manitou. The entrance to the trail is located just over two kilometers from the station.

Mount Beacon Park

The highest point in the Hudson is located at Beacon, one of the most popular day trips in the Hudson Valley from New York. Mount Beacon is 491 meters high. This is a rather challenging route, offset by interesting rock formations and historical sights along the way.

Once you get to the top, climb to the top of the fire tower for stunning views of the Hudson Valley, the author recommends.

How to get there: Take the Metro-North Hudson Line to Beacon Station. The beginning of the trail up the mountain is rather difficult, and the road follows from the railway station; you may be better off taking a taxi to the intersection of Wolcott Avenue and Howland Avenue, where the trail entrance is.

Harriman State Park

Thousands of kilometers of various paths have been laid in this park. From the trail in the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center you can reach two scenic spots. The 11-kilometer trail runs along the Pine Meadow trail through several streams, up rocky ledges, along a mountain range and to the edge of Pine Meadow Lake. A short 8,7-kilometer route follows the Reeves Brook trail with beautiful cascading streams and small waterfalls.

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Lake Skenonto Loop is almost 13 km longer, but closer to public transport. This trail starts near NJ Transit Tuxedo Station, just an hour's drive from Penn Station. It runs through forested hills to a sun-drenched lake at the foot of Black Ash Mountain. The journey will take between five and six hours, so be sure to bring your own food for a picnic by the lake.

How to get there: In order to get to the track, you need to walk about 3 km from Sloatsburg station on the NJ Transit / Metro-North Port Jervis Line.

Arden Point and Glenclyffe

This walking route is a historical part of the route that Benedict Arnold used to escape during the revolutionary war. The route runs along a 6-kilometer highway. On the way, you will want to stop many times to enjoy the stunning views of the area. In particular, you will enjoy views of the West Point Naval Academy, the sights of the Hudson River, and even the former home of New York Governor Hamilton Fish.

How to get there: Take the Metro-North Hudson Line to Garrison Station. At the station entrance you will see two signs and a sign for Arden Point - Hudson Highlands State Park. Follow the road for about a kilometer until you come to the sign for Marcia's Mile. Turn right and walk across the bridge, which will lead you to the start of the route.

Van Cortlandt Park

You don't have to leave town to find a scenic hiking spot - just take train 1 to the end, get off at Van Cortlandt Park and choose your favorite trail. There are several of them in the park: The Putnam Trail with a length of just over 2 km, which, due to the relatively simple terrain, is considered an ideal place to start hiking. Those looking for a more challenging route can try the 2 km John Muir Trail, which is covered in relatively steep slopes.

How to get there: Take train 1 to Van Cortlandt 242 and follow the signs. Friends of Van Cortlandt Park has a different path for each trail; depending on the route, you may have to take a bus to get to your starting point.

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