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Q: Do I Need A Backpack?

Selecting a backpack is very much like picking out a suitcase – the length of your trip will dictate the size of your pack. But do you need one at all? Well, if you are going for a one-hour walk you can grab a bottle of water and head on out. If you are going… Read more »

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Q: Do I Need Hiking Poles?

Well, that depends on a lot of things and most important is you and your hiking style. But consider: + Some people consider hiking poles an additional weight that has to be managed. + Some people consider hiking poles to be essential to hiking and would never hit the trail without them. + Some people… Read more »

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Q: Do I Need A First Aid Kit?

We pack our fears, as the saying goes. And that statement has never been more true than when it comes to first aid kits. Will you ever need one? Probably not. But if you don’t have one and suddenly need one, it could get ugly. So it’s good for your peace of mind. Me? I… Read more »

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What in Blue Blazes…

The Appalachian Trail has a language all its own. Trail markings includes three essential pieces of information: the start of a trail, where to turn and warnings. On the AT, most markings are painted in 2-inch by 6-inch colors called blazes. A single white blaze means you are on the Appalachian Trail and headed straight… Read more »

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New Kiosk Almost Finished

It has taken a while, but a new kiosk is almost complete where the Appalachian Trail crosses Route 17A in Warwick. The kiosk is being constructed by Dane Sorensen, 17, of Greenwood Lake, as his Eagle Scout project. He is being assisted by his father, Bob Sorensen. “I hike pretty regularly up there and I… Read more »

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Winter is Coming

Hiking in the colder months requires a change in attitude and a change in your backpack. First off, you just are not going to go as far as fast when there is snow on the ground. The walk – especially the downhills – is more slippery than usual. Even without snow on the ground the… Read more »

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Are There Bears? Snakes?

At our presentations, one of the questions we get asked the most is “Are there bears and snakes?” Well, of course there are bears and snakes! There are bears and snakes in your backyard. But a little common sense goes a long way: + Bears: This is bear country – black bears, not grizzlies. Now… Read more »

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Hunting Season

Know before you go! Deer hunting season for guns began in this region of New York state on Nov. 18 and lasts, in various forms, until Dec. 19, 2017. Generally speaking and for hiking purposes, hunting IS permitted NEAR approximately 1,250 miles of the A.T. – actually on either side of the A.T. not on… Read more »

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Hiking With The Mayor

In conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of Warwick, N.Y. the town invited the Mayor of Warwick, England to attend the festivities on the weekend of August 2-6, 2017. Mayor Stephen Cross and his wife Christine, (who was the mayoress of Warwick, England the year before her husband) attended several parties and concerts, were in attendance… Read more »

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Take Only Pictures

As a professional photographer, the question I get asked the most is: “What is the best camera?” It’s simple: The best camera is the one you have with you. These days, that usually means the small chip lurking behind that tiny plastic lens somewhere inside your cellphone. It’s a not great camera by any means,… Read more »

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Community Supporters

There are over 40 communities along the Appalachian Trail’s corridor that have been recognized in The Appalachian Trail Community program. These towns and cities are considered assets by all that use the A.T., and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail. As a visitor on the Trail, you can… Read more »

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Guest Post: My First Time Hiking The Trail

It was in the fall of 1969 that I first set foot on the Appalachian Trail. I was sitting on the east shore of Greenwood Lake with some local friends and mentioned to them the rock outcroppings on the mountain across the lake. They told me of the “Appalachian Trail, an old Indian trail” that… Read more »

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AT Community of Warwick

The first section of the A.T. opened in Warwick in 1931, six years before the official opening of the entire Appalachian Trail. The Town has been welcoming hikers ever since and was named an A.T. Community™ in 2012. The Town of Warwick is centrally located on the A.T. between High Point in New Jersey to… Read more »

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Pack It In, Pack It Out

Since 1994, Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics, a non-profit organization also known as Leave No Trace, exists to educate people about their recreational impact on nature as well as the principles of Leave No Trace to prevent and minimize such impacts. You Can Help Out! Here are the seven principles of the Leave… Read more »

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History of the AT

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked trail extending from Georgia to Maine. The trail is about 2,189 miles long but the exact length changes each year as parts are modified or rerouted. More than 3 million people are said to do at least… Read more »

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Eternal Flame Question

For as long as there has been camping, there have been campfires — not only for warmth, lighting, and cooking, but also for group bonding, storytelling, and other social activities. However, campfires that are not built or cared for properly can cause devastating wildfires that may impact the landscape for decades. Before ​setting up camp,… Read more »

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Gimmie, Gimmie Shelter

The good folks of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the New York / New Jersey Trail Conference – our local trail maintaining group – make sure that there are three-sided lean-to’s positioned every 8-12 miles apart along the Appalachian Trail. This one pictured at left is named “Wildcat Shelter” and it’s the only official shelter… Read more »

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About Warwick, N.Y.

Nestled in the foothills of southern New York – only 50 miles from Manhattan’s skyscrapers – Warwick, N.Y. offers challenging hiking trails for people of all ages and abilities. With stunning vistas, beautiful waterfalls and plenty of roadside parking, Warwick offers easy access to he world-famous Appalachian Trail directly off several highways. The A.T., which… Read more »

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AT In Orange County

Every summer they pass silently through the woods of Orange County. Dozens a day, hundreds a week, thousands a year. Unseen by most, they carry their own water, food, toiletries, tents and cooking gear. They set up camp at night and are gone by morning. They are thru-hikers. They are the thousands of hardy souls… Read more »

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We Got Lots of History!

In the late 19th century, when the Conservation Movement got underway in America. Warwickians began to acquire an interest in the natural beauty of our area and nature walks became popular. Our fascination with local flora and fauna was revived. These intrepid hikers fell under the influence of the romantic landscapes of world famous Hudson… Read more »

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Volunteering On The AT

Our local New York / New Jersey Trail Conference personnel and volunteers are experts at performing trail maintenance, monitoring environmental vital signs, and advocating for the Appalachian Trail. New volunteers can apply themselves to these activities and others that advance the good work being done on the Appalachian Trail. About the New York / New… Read more »

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What Is Out There?

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… Read more »

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What They Are Saying

QUOTABLES FROM NOTABLES: ============== “I always call the village of Warwick the land that time forgot. We have a vibrant village center with cafes, concerts, restaurants, pubs and good vibes.” – Michael Newhard, Village of Warwick Mayor. ============== “I spent a lot of time on the trail in my youth and it’s such a great… Read more »