Central Park

Tomkins Cove, New York

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Marvel at how wild and secluded Harriman State Park feels, with almost 50,000 acres of forestland, all within an hour of New York City. Backpackers will find nearly limitless opportunities to explore and perfect their backcountry craft in this expansive and beautiful park. From the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area on the Palisades, this route takes you up onto the ridgeline of West Mountain, where you’ll enjoy views of the park, Hudson River, and Bear Mountain before reaching a shelter that offers a splendid southward vista. On a clear evening, New York City can just be made out on the horizon.
AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic

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AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic

by Michael R. Martin (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Marvel at how wild and secluded Harriman State Park feels, with almost 50,000 acres of forestland, all within an hour of New York City. Backpackers will find nearly limitless opportunities to explore and perfect their backcountry craft in this expansive and beautiful park.

From the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area on the Palisades, this route takes you up onto the ridgeline of West Mountain, where you’ll enjoy views of the park, Hudson River, and Bear Mountain before reaching a shelter that offers a splendid southward vista. On a clear evening, New York City can just be made out on the horizon.

© 2014 Michael R. Martin/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Tomkins Cove
Distance: 11.4
Elevation Gain: 3,242 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 2 days
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation at nysparks.com/parks/145. In case of emergency, call the New York State Park Police at 845-786-2781
Local Maps: USGS Quads: Popolopen Lake, and Peekskill
Driving Directions: Directions to Central Park

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