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

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

The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest trails in the United States, covering over 2,100 miles and spanning 14 states, beginning in Georgia and ending in Maine. The distance it covers in New York State is just under 94 miles in total. Want to do it?

How much of the Appalachian Trail crosses New York State?

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Photo by Evelyn Mostrom on Unsplash

There are many places to join the trail (every 94 miles), including places in the Hudson Valley. In fact (another fact point from their website), New York has the lowest elevation on the entire trail, ranging from 124′ to 1433′. Think you’re up for it? The trail rating at NYS has a difficulty of 2 to 8.

Where to 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 hike it for a day or two, there are parking areas along Route 52 in Stormville. There are other places, including the Bear Mountain Zoo and in Pawling, from which you can also take a day hike. You can park your car (limited places) then enjoy your hike. If you think of this as your US El Camino, you might want to plan the months it will take to travel the entire route and all 14 states.

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How long would it take to complete the entire Appalachian Trail from start to finish?

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Photo by Oleksa Bon-ko on Unsplash

The obvious answer is that it’s up to you. If you are a “Thru-Hiker” and do the whole route, expect it to take around 7 months. You will need to get in shape for this. You can also do one section per year, covering as many days as you can, while camping on the trail. So what do you think? When do you want to start?

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