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CANCELLED: Girl Gotta Hike Public Transit Series: Appalachian Trail Volunteer Day & Hike

  • Pawling Nature Reserve 39 Quaker Lake Rd Pawling, NY, 12564 (map)

** Update as of Wed, July 17th — due to the impending 100º weather on Saturday, the organizers of this event have decided to keep everyone safe from overheating and postpone our trail maintenance and hiking to a future date. Please stay tuned for updates and thanks to all who’ve already signed up! **

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Appalachian Trail, Pawling, NY


The Girl Gotta Hike Public Transit Series is a free, once-monthly guided hike that is easily accessed by train or by bus from NYC. Get out of the city and into the woods without needing a car!

Taking the train to the trail, volunteering and hiking? I can’t think of of a better way to feel good mentally, physically and do good for the environment! Every time I step foot on a hiking trail, I am so grateful for the volunteer groups who put in time and energy to make sure my path is clear of overgrowth, free of litter and safe for others to hike on and enjoy. All 2,192 miles of The Appalachian Trail are maintained by volunteers from local hiking clubs and on July 20th, Girl Gotta Hike and friends will be helping both maintain and enjoy the AT — how amazing is that?!

Where:  Appalachian Trail at the Pawling Nature Reserve, Pawling NY

When:  Saturday, July 20th, 7:00 AM (to meet @ Grand Central); 9:30 am in Pawling if you are carpooling

What:  Volunteer work + hiking

Rating:  Easy hike; volunteering is suitable for beginners

Estimated Hiking Time:  3 hours volunteering; 2.5 hours hiking

Cost:  Free to hike/volunteer; $23.00 discounted round-trip (normally $35.00) on MetroNorth Railroad if you come with the GGH group. Contact me for discounted price train tix before Wed July 17th; carpooling also encouraged

Event Description: On Saturday, July 20th, Girl Gotta Hike is combining forces with The Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community, The National Parks Conservation Association, The New York New Jersey Trail Conference and the Foundation for Women Warriors for a Wild East Women Trail Maintenance Day in the Pawling Nature Reserve.

 Join me and this awesome group of ladies to help cut back overgrown vegetation, re-paint some worn trail blazes and implement some erosion control measures to make sure the trail stays put for others to walk on too. After a few hours of work, we’ll walk along a beautiful boardwalk section of the Appalachian Trail and visit the Dover Oak, the oldest tree on the AT, before heading back to the big city, a bit sweatier perhaps than when we arrived, but a lot more satsfied.

Wanna volunteer in style? Place an order for a Girl Gotta Hike T-shirt and I’ll donate 10% of every sale to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy!

Sign up to volunteer with the Wild East Women hereAND – fill out the form below so I know you’re coming, if you’ll be taking the train with me (& want the discounted fare) and/or if you want a t-shirt!!

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Discounted fare ($23) available for Metro-North riders who sign up on or before July 17th. You can pay Melissa via venmo or cash on day of event.
American Apparel Tri-Blend T-shirts are super soft and comfy! They run on the small side, so please order a size larger than usual for you. Colors shown in images below.

Transportation Details: We’ll be heading upstate on the 7:10 AM Metro North Harlem Line train from Grand Central, arriving at the Appalachian Trail stop at 9:22 AM. If you sign up above by July 17th, GGH will qualify for discounted group rate tickets — which means no need for you to purchase an individual ticket. **Please arrive at least 15 minutes early so I can hand out discounted fare tickets (and so we can chat together on the way up).** If you miss the early sign-up, I highly recommend using the MTA eTix app for ease of individual ticket purchases. Once we arrive at the AT in the morning, we’ll be shuttled over to the worksite by other volunteers, who will also bring us back to the platform in time for our afternoon train. We’ll be returning from the Appalachian Trail stop at 4:35 PM, which will get us back to Grand Central at 6:46 PM.

Bad Weather Policy:  Most hikes/volunteering will go on rain or shine. However, in the case of extreme weather such as blizzards, lightning or high winds, I promise to keep you safe and re-schedule for a later date.

Additional questions? Email me at

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