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5th Annual Appalachian Trail Day with the HVATC

  • Native Landscapes Garden Center 991 State Route 55 Pawling, NY, 12564 (map)
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The 5th Annual Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Day

The Appalachian Trail, Pawling, New York

Celebrating the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community

In partnership with the National Park Conservancy Association, The New York New Jersey Trail Conference and the Metro-North Railroad, The Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community has invited me to join them in celebrating their section of the AT, the local farms and businesses that support the trail and it’s many proud volunteers! I’ll be on hand at the Annual Trail Day Event with my backpack, my tent and all my gear to answer questions and chat about what it’s really like to do a thru-hike, share images and stories of my trek and talk about how Girl Gotta Hike encourages women of all ages and experience levels to get out there and try it too!


Event Description: So many things! Guided foliage and mindfulness hikes and on the boardwalk and to the 300-year old Dover Oak with Schaghticoke First Nations Sachem HawkStorm, volunteer on a trail maintenance project, meet special guests and see exhibitions from The National Parks Conservation Association, The New York New Jersey Trail Conference, Sierra Club Military Outdoors, The Wassaic Project and more! Participate in kid-friendly activities with the Dover & Pawling Libraries. Talk with me about thru-hiking and the Girl Gotta Hike mission AND enjoy snacks and fresh cider from food truck Roseann’s Kitchen. Oh yeah, and pet animals from Brookby Farm and Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue — too cute!

Where:  The Appalachian Trail and Native Landscapes and Garden Center in Pawling, NY

When:  Saturday, October 13th, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

For Who: Everyone! No prior hiking experience required. Fun for the whole family! Seriously, there will be pumpkins and cute animals.

Distance: Up to you! The AT leads in both directions — go a short distance on the boardwalk or keep on keeping on. It’s just 1440 miles south to Springer Mt., Georgia and 750 miles north to Mount Katahdin, Maine.

Cost:  Free; $33.50 round-trip from GCT on Metro-North Harlem Line; free parking also available


About the HVATC

There are nearly 50 communities along the length of Appalachian Trail that are recognized by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as good stewards of the trail and supporters to all of it’s users and The Harlem Valley Community (comprised of Dover and Pawling) is top notch in my book! Hikers of all types rely on the towns and villages that surround the AT in a myriad of ways — from finding the volunteer manpower for maintenance projects to offering lodging and re-supply locations for thru-hikers to educating school groups and visitors about the local ecology and the importance of conservation. The HVATC is uniquely positioned among other Trail Towns by boasting their own Metro-North Railroad stop — making it highly accessible to millions of New York City residents seeking some outdoor adventures. Join me in giving them a big round of thanks!


The Harlem Valley Community of the Appalachian Trail has so much to offer - come see it for yourself! Have any questions? Want to let me know you’ll be there? Say so below.


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Transportation details:  Trains heading toward the Appalachian Trail stop on the Metro-North Railroad are limited. Depart Grand Central at either 7:10 or 9:10 AM via the Harlem Line to the Appalachian Trail stop on Saturday, October 13th and return at 2:35, 4:45 or 6:45 PM. Trains run more frequently via the nearby Pawling Metro-North Station, which can be reached by taxi if needed. Parking available at Native Landscapes Garden Center and .25 miles north on Rt 22/55.

Additional questions? Email me at melissa@girlgottahike.com

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