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    AT camping in NYS

    I'm trying to find good places to go camp, hike in a bit, hang for a night and come back out...is this allowed on the AT in NY? Want to avoid the hassle of organized campgrounds and the freedom to just go on a whim, and not too far (the AT is about a three hour drive from long island, ny)...any ideas?

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    Best bet is to go to bear mountain and go south bound on the AT to west mountain shelter. Plenty of hanging spots there and great views on the way there. 6 mile hike one way.

    I've hung the entire AT in NY. The only spot that really didn't have good hanging spots was RPH shelter.

    No problems from anyone with hanging on the AT.

    Honestly the southern part of the NY AT was the most scenic. But more strenuous due to the constant elevation changes.

    Leave at 6am... Take throgs to the cross bronx expressway. Take that to route 87N and then take that to palasades north (after the tapanzee). The palasades takes you right to bear mountain at the traffic circle to the right. Takes less than 2 hrs on a sat morn and you beat the toll at bear mountain.

    Go into the park police station and register your car for multiday hiking no charge.
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    Sweet! Haven't been to that area since boy scouts! I'll def check it out...thanks raulperez!

    Quote Originally Posted by Raul Perez View Post
    Best bet is to go to bear mountain and go south bound on the AT to west mountain shelter. Plenty of hanging spots there and great views on the way there. 6 mile hike one way.

    I've hung the entire AT in NY. The only spot that really didn't have good hanging spots was RPH shelter.

    No problems from anyone with hanging on the AT.

    Honestly the southern part of the NY AT was the most scenic. But more strenuous due to the constant elevation changes.

    Leave at 6am... Take throgs to the cross bronx expressway. Take that to route 87N and then take that to palasades north (after the tapanzee). The palasades takes you right to bear mountain at the traffic circle to the right. Takes less than 2 hrs on a sat morn and you beat the toll at bear mountain.

    Go into the park police station and register your car for multiday hiking no charge.

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    Natureboy,

    Another idea would be to take the train to Penn and take another train from Grand Central Station to Harlem Wingdale... taxi to Hoyt Road.

    1.5 miles from Hoyt southbound on the AT to wiley shelter and approx 8 miles from that shelter to Telephone Pioneers (albeit mainly up hill). There's a stream at TP Shelter so a reliable water source. The water pump at Wiley was not working but the spring does collect in a small pool so you can scoop up fresh water. This section has some meadow walking and really great views on the stretch <watch out for cow pies>

    If you do it on a weekend you can even time the AT train station to get you back to Grand Central and save you a trip to head back to hoyt road.
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    Sweet, car free! I did worry about my car at some trail heads, some of them are a little dicey...

    Quote Originally Posted by Raul Perez View Post
    Natureboy,

    Another idea would be to take the train to Penn and take another train from Grand Central Station to Harlem Wingdale... taxi to Hoyt Road.

    1.5 miles from Hoyt southbound on the AT to wiley shelter and approx 8 miles from that shelter to Telephone Pioneers (albeit mainly up hill). There's a stream at TP Shelter so a reliable water source. The water pump at Wiley was not working but the spring does collect in a small pool so you can scoop up fresh water. This section has some meadow walking and really great views on the stretch <watch out for cow pies>

    If you do it on a weekend you can even time the AT train station to get you back to Grand Central and save you a trip to head back to hoyt road.

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