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6 mile moderate hike on Appalachian Trail to Dover Oak, New York's biggest tree 2C6(H)

Date and Time

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:22AM - 2:35PM

Location

Appalachian Trail Metro North Railroad stop; 991 State Rte 55, Pawling, NY 12545,
New York, Hudson River Valley,
NY United States

Registration

Registration is required for this activity.

Overview

We'll start at the Metro North Railroad Appalachian Trail stop. Heading west on the Appalachian Trail (toward Georgia), we'll walk across the 1600-foot boardwalk past cattails and tall phragmites reeds. The boardwalk goes over the Great Swamp, NY's third-largest freshwater wetland. Then we'll head into the woods and a gentle ascent up Corbin Hill. At the top we'll come out into farmland meadows and fields before going back into the woods. The trail will bring us to the Dover Oak, the largest oak in New York and largest tree on the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail. After continuing on a ways further, we'll reverse course and head back to the start the way we came. We'll go close to 3 miles out and 3 miles back. This trail includes a short (~50 m) steep part. Otherwise, it's mostly rolling hills or flat, with an elevation gain of 1,120 feet. There are stretches that may be muddy, though there are planks of wood to walk on to avoid the mud. Please be sure to bring at least two quarts of water for drinking and appropriate clothes in case the weather is cold or wet. We will meet by the tiny station for the train that arrives at the Appalachian Trail Metro North Railroad stop (Harlem Line) at 11:22 am (the train that departs Grand Central at 9:10 am), and return in time for the 11:35 AM train that departs for NYC. If arriving by car, there is a parking lot by the train station. We will start hiking soon after the train arrives.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost

Free

Related Link(s):

Metro North schedule lookup

Click map for driving directions
Boardwalk over the Great Swamp

Activity

Hiking

Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey

Status

Open

Difficulty

2C6 - Moderate

Audience

Adults (18+)


Leader




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I'm an ecologist living in Pawling, NY. I study animal migration and the ecology of diseases people get from animals. I love identifying plants and animals, and watching animal behavior, while hiking.