GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 15A off the New York State Thruway and drive north on Route 17 through the villages of Sloatsburg and Tuxedo. Approximately two miles north of Tuxedo make a left onto Route 17A and drive west towards Greenwood Lake.
Various trails and villages are mentioned below in order of their Route 17A turn-offs:
+ STERLING FOREST STATE PARK: About one mile up, make a left onto Longmeadow Road (Route 84) and head south to the entrance to Sterling Forest State Park, about two miles on the right. Several different trails and the Sen. Frank Lautenberg interpretive center are located here.
+ DORIS DUKE TRAIL: Make a right onto Benjamin Meadow Road just past the New York Renaissance Faire and the entrance to the Doris Duke trail head is about a quarter-mile on your left. Official AT kiosk provided in parking area. Newer hiking trail loop of about 4 miles in length with nice climbs up and down.
+ VILLAGE OF GREENWOOD LAKE: Continue straight ahead on Route 17A until you descend into the Village of Greenwood Lake. Make a left onto Windemere Avenue to access downtown area. Shops, bars, restaurants, motels, beach and marinas.
+ FITZGERALD FALLS: Make a right in Greenwood Lake (Following 17A) and then bear to the right immediately at the next intersection. Continue about two miles north on Lakes Road until just north of Greenwood Lake Middle School. Pull-offs are on either side of the road near the AT roadside kiosk. Beautiful twin falls that cascade about 30-feet down a cliff. Short climb to top takes you to upper falls.
+ TOP OF BELLVALE MOUNTAIN: Make a right in Greenwood Lake – staying on Route 17A – and then immediately bear to your left at the next intersection. Follow Route 17A up the mountain and when the road makes a sweeping 180 degree curve to the west, you are nearing the summit. The first parking lot on the left has room for about 6-8 cars and is where the AT crosses the highway. Further ahead, about 100 yards, the next parking lot on the left provides more room. Further up on the right is the world-famous Bellvale Creamery ice cream stand (right on Kain Road with two more gravel parking lots.) This area is the start and finish point for several local hikes with plenty of parking, a world-famous ice cream stand (seasonal) and hot dog cart (seasonal).
+ VILLAGE OF WARWICK: Continue west on Route 17A past the Bellvale Creamery and down the hill. About three miles ahead, the road will come to a “T” – make a right and proceed into the Village of Warwick. Quaint village with shops, pubs, restaurants, drug and grocery stores and parking.
+ STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: Make a left – instead of making a right – at the “T” in Warwick and continue down Route 94 until it crosses into New Jersey. One mile further up the road you will see the Heaven Hill Farm on the right. The official parking lot and AT Kiosk is just ahead on the left. This is a very steep and very popular hiking route to the top of Wawayanda Mountain with great views to the west.
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