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Appalachian Trail: Palisades Parkway to Bear Mountain

The payoff on this 6.4-mile hike is the big views on Bear Mountain, stretching from the Hudson Highlands to New York City’s skyline.

Trip Tools

Shelters: West Mountain Shelter, sleeps 8.

To Trailhead

Start: From Bear Mountain, NY, head northwest on US 202 for .4 mile. At traffic circle, take Palisades Interstate Pkwy./US 6 W (toward New Jersey). In 3.4 miles, take exit 17 for parking at Anthony Wayne Recreation Area. Note: Walk south .8 mile to reach the AT. End: From Bear Mountain, NY, head south on Seven Lakes Dr. for 500 feet. Turn right onto Service Rd. Go 200 feet to parking.

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