Where to join the famous Appalachian Trail in the Hudson Valley?

If you consider yourself an outdoorsy person and spend time in the Hudson Valley, you probably spend every weekend outside on a trail or on a lake enjoying yourself. Have you ever thought about walking or hiking the Appalachian Trail?

The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest in the United States, covering more than 2,100 miles and stretching to 14 states, starting with Georgia and ending in Maine. The distance you travel in New York State is just under 94 miles. Want to do that?

How much of the Appalachian Trail passes through New York State?

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Photo by Evelyn Mostrom on Unsplash

There are several sites to join the trail (every 94 miles of it) including sites in the Hudson Valley. In fact (another point from their website), New York has the lowest elevation on the entire route, ranging from 124′ to 1433′. Do you think you are ready for that? The NYS track rating has a difficulty rating of 2 to 8.

Where can you join the Appalachian Trail in the Hudson Valley?

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Photo by Alex Diaz on Unsplash

Depending on how you’re hiking, let’s say you only want to do a day or two, there are parking areas along Route 52 in Stormville. There are other locations, including the Bear Mountain Zoo, and in Pawling, you can also take a day hike from them. You can park your car (limited places) and then enjoy your ride. If you view this as your US El Camino, you may want to allow the months it would take to hike the entire route and the 14 states.

How long will it take to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, until you start to finish?

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Photo by Oleksa Bon-ko on Unsplash

The obvious answer is that it depends on you. If you are a Thru-Hiker and do the entire route, expect it to take about 7 months. You will need to get the right shape for it. You can also make a section per year, covering as many days as possible, while camping on the road. What do you think? When do you want to start?

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