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NY 55 to
Connecticut State Line

Nuclear Lake, West Mtn, Hammersley Ridge,
Dover Oak, Pawling Nature Reserve,
Great Swamp

 

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This section of the Appalachian Trail is the last in New York for northbound thru hikers.  This section of the AT features Nuclear Lake, West Mountain, the Great Swamp, the AT train stop along the Metro Railroad, Dover Oak, Hammersley Ridge in the Pawling Nature Reserve and two shelters.

Nuclear Lake was the site of a nuclear fuels processing research facility until 1972.  The buildings on the site were removed and the area was tested extensively after the NPS purchased the land for the Appalachian Trail.  The tests resulted in the area being given a clean bill of health.  This allowed the AT to be relocated along the shore of the lake.

The Dover Oak is located on the north side of West Dover Road aka County Route 20.  This 300 year old oak tree is reportedly the largest oak tree along the Appalachian Trail.  The girth of the tree is over twenty feet.  Many thru hikers stop to take pictures of this giant.  The 6,000 acre Great Swamp is one of the largest fresh water swamps in New York, which the AT skirts near the AT train stop for the Metro North Train.

The 1060 acre Pawling Nature Reserve is located along Hammerley Ridge and is owned by The Nature Conservancy.  There are two shelters located along this section of the Appalachian Trail.  The Telephone Pioneers Shelter, built in 1988, is located on West Mountain near County Route 20 and the Wiley Shelter, built in 1940, is the last shelter for north bounders in New York and is located near Duell Hollow Road, near the Connecticut State Line.

The Telephone Pioneers Shelter was built with the assistance of the White Plains Council of the Telephone Pioneers of America.  The shelter sleeps 6 and has a privy.  Water is the stream that the side trail to the shelter crosses on the way to the shelter.

The Wiley Shelter sleeps six and has a privy.  Water is available from a pump 500 feet north of the shelter.  There is also a tent platform located nearby.  We suggest buying a copy of the Appalachian Trail Guide to New York-New Jersey for anyone planning a hike on this section of the AT.  We have some info and a map of this section of trail below.

This section begins where the trail crosses NY 55.  There is parking for about six cars just to the north.  The GPS coordinates are N41 35.435 W73 39.609 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.  The trail meanders toward the site of the former nuclear processing facility and then along the shore of Nuclear Lake at 1.2 miles. The trail leaves the lake at 1.6 miles and climbs West Mountain, reaching the 1213 foot summit at 3.2 miles.  At 3.8 miles as you descend is the side trail on your right that leads to the Telephone Pioneers Shelter.  At 4.3 miles reach and cross West Dover Road aka County Route 20.  You'll see the enormous Dover Oak to the north.

The trail follows along the edge of fields before descending Corbin Hill and skirting the Great Swamp to reach the Metro North Trail Station for the Appalachian Trail.    At 6.5 miles reach NY 22 and turn left to follow the road briefly.  At 6.6 miles the trail turns right off the road, following the edge of a large open field. At 6.8 miles the trail crosses old route 22, traveling across an large open field.  The trail briefly follows the edge of another field before heading across another large open field.  The trail finally enters the woods at 7.5 miles.  There are numerous open field views during the previous section.

The trail now climbs Hammersley Ridge, reaching the 1049 foot summit at 8.1 miles.  The trail is now entering the Pawling Nature Reserve.  At 11.75 miles the trail crosses Leather Hill Road.  At 12.2 miles reach Wiley Shelter.  At 12.4 miles the trail crosses Duell Hollow Road.  The trail reaches Hoyt Road and the Connecticut State Line at 13.3 miles.  This is the end of this section.  Parking for about five cars is available near the trail crossing.  The GPS coordinates are N41 38.459 W73 31.182 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.

 

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