Believe me, you never know what you’ll find in the woods around these parts.

There is solitude: Of course.

And mystery: How did that rock get all the way up there?

And drama: As in dramatic views.

And beauty all around.

In fact, every time I take a friend out on the Appalachian Trail in Warwick for the first time, they are amazed at how wild and beautiful the terrain is.

Even people who have lived here all their lives say things like “this is Warwick? I had no idea.”

Wide open spaces and beautiful vistas are everywhere in and around Warwick, N.Y.

And that’s half the fun, really.

Introducing the unsuspecting to trails and views that have been out here for millions of years, just waiting to be discovered.

On some trails are the remains of long-abandoned cabins. At other places, only small depressions in the ground hint at what once stood there.

Around this corner is a spectacular waterfall, over here spectacular views. And every season brings new delights.

Locals aren’t the only ones who are impressed.

Thru-hikers – you know, those people who start in Georgia and spend six months in the woods walking to Maine – are particularly taken with our little part of the AT.

“I expected New York to be as flat as a parking lot,” one person told me. “This is tough work!”

You never know what you’ll find around the bend while hiking the trails of Warwick, N.Y.

Another said, “In most places, the trail goes up the mountain and stays up. Here it goes up and down and up and down.”

In fact, the AT Guidebook warns hikers about this area, saying: “Despite its unimposing profile, this section can be very challenging.”

Yup.

About the New York / New Jersey Trail Conference

Map of the Appalachian Trail Shelters RIGHT HERE.

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