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Believe it or not, there are many MANY places to hike and great views just waiting for you within an hour  of the city by public transportation or car. The Hudson River provides New York City residents with some great opportunities.  Visit the links below to learn more.

On the east side of the Hudson is Breakneck Ridge, Beacon Mt. and Mt. Taurus, among other trails, near Cold Spring and the Peekskill Ridge.  On the West Side of the Hudson is the Long Path, a trail that lead from the George Washington Bridge to past the Catskills.   Some good destinations along the Long Path include the Palisades right over the bridge, the Giant Steps near the state line near Alpine, NJ (6 miles north of the George Washington Bridge) and Nyack/ Hook Mountain. 

And donīt forget Bear Mountain, north of Nyack, with its dozens of trails, as well as Harriman State Park.

New York City Hiking Resources

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The Weather Channel: Newark, NJ

You Donīt Need A Car!!!  (from NY-NJ Trail Conference). Great info on public transportation to trailheads  in the metro NYC area.  Itīs really easy to get away.  Do it!

Metro-North Train Schedules (part of the MTA website)!

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference  Located at 232 Madison Avenue (37th St.).  Great source for trail maps and other materials.  Become a member, and get the newsletter and a discount on trail maps, books, and outdoor stores.

ExtraVertical Climbing Center  Public climbing gym at 61 W.  62nd Street (Broadway) with a 50 ft. outdoor wall. (212) 586-5382.  Youīll see me there frequently.  Remember, climbing is an inherently dangerous activity, blah blah blah -- so much for my attempt at that universal disclaimer.  : )

Local outdoors stores:

Eastern Mountain Sports Manhattan: 20 West 61st St.  (212) 397-4860; 611 Broadway (at Houston) (212) 505-9860.  West Nyack: Palisades Mall (914)348-6486.  New Paltz: 3124 Rte. 44/55, Gardner (914) 255-3280.
Campmor   Theyīre more than a catalog!  Located on Rte. 17 in Saddle River, about half an hour from the city. 1-800-CAMPMOR. 10% discount for Trail Conference members!
Tents and Trails Great deals here: 21 Park Place, (212) 227-1760.
REI  500 Main St., New Rochelle. (914) 632-9222  Easy by car or Metro North.

At Breakneck Ridge
Val and Candice at Hook Mtn.

Here we are at Breakneck Ridge, overlooking the Hudson, near Cold Spring, New York.

Right across the Hudson River at Hook Mountain, in Nyack.

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Waterfalls at the Palisades

Waterfalls and fall foliage near the Long Path in the Palisades

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