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The Long Path travels over 350 miles from the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey to it's current northern terminus just north of John Boyd Thacher State Park. The trail is marked with aqua blazes. Future plans have the Long Path entering Adirondack Park and ending at the Northville-Placid Trail. The NY-NJ Trail Conference is the main hiking club that has built and maintains this long distance trail.
The Long Path is still a trail under construction as there are some road walks, however the NYNJTC is working to eliminate road walks and put the trail in the woods whenever possible. The Long Path connects with many state parks, forest preserves and state forests in New York. The Long Path begins from its southern terminus at Fort Lee in New Jersey just south of the George Washington Bridge.
The trail follows along the Palisades in Palisades Interstate Park with numerous spectacular views of the Hudson River and New York City. The Long Path enters New York State in Rockland County on the western side of the Hudson River, still following along the Palisades. The trail travels through Tallman Mountain State Park, Blauvelt State Park, Hook Mountain State Park, Rockland Lake State Park and then Hi Tor State Park, where the Long Path turns west away from the Hudson River to enter Harriman State Park. It is in Harriman State Park where the Long Path crosses the iconic Appalachian Trail.
From Harriman State Park there is some road walking until the trail reaches Schunnermunk Mountain State Park. After leaving the park lands the trail is pieced together with more road walking and some off road sections until it reaches the Shawangunk Ridge. The Long Path now makes its way into the spectacular Minnewaska State Park. From there, after more road walking the trail reaches the southern border of Catskills Forest Preserve, which features many spectacular views and mountain summits including the highest point in the Catskills on Slide Mountain.
After leaving the Catskills, the Long Path travels over a series of 2900 foot mountains on private property and on state forest lands before using road walks as well as some off road hiking to reach the Schoharie Reservoir, near Manor Kill Falls. The trail passes nearby Gilboa Dam. In this area you might be able to see some of the damage from the devastating floods from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
Now the trail heads toward Mine Kill State Park and then on to Burnt-Rossman Hills State Forest. Eventually the trail crosses the spectacular Vroomans Nose before heading into Middletown and The Cliffs of Middletown. The trail now travels through Cotton Hill State Forest, Dutch Settlement State Forest, Partridge Run State Forest, Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area, Cole Hill State Forest before finally reaching John Boyd Thacher State Park and the current official northern terminus just north of the state park.
Eminence Lean To in Burnt-Rossman Hills State Forest
Aqua blaze of the Long Path on Vroomans Nose
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