Question: What is a good trail to hike/camp in New Jersey?
I’ve been hiking for a while now and I’ve put some good mileage on this past year. I love winter hiking and my friend (also experienced) and I are looking for a good trail to hike and camp in New Jersey or Eastern PA. We’d like to make it a 2 day trip (Saturday – Sunday). Preferably moderately difficult with nice scenery. Any suggestions?
Answer by Mike
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the Appalachian Trail. If you haven’t covered that part of the AT yet, that’s where I would head. http://www.nynjtc.org/ shows several nice day hikes, some of them along the AT. Although I’ve never been there, the High Point area looks nice, as does the Sunrise Mountain area. Rather than hiking out and back, or looking for a loop, visit the ATC website (below) and find a shuttle driver. Park your car at your starting point and shuttle back to it when done, or viceversa. Check out these links:
The main AT website: Lots of general information and maps, link to shuttles (Getting to the trail) real good store for books – http://www.appalachiantrail.org/
The best forum for learning about the AT from real enthusiasts (and my favorite): You could spend DAYS reading the forums here; be sure to ask if there is something you don’t understand – http://www.whiteblaze.net/
Another great forum for the AT: Again really nice and helpful people here – http://www.trailplace.com/
Question: What’s the biggest state park / hiking trail in or around Maryland?
All of the hiking trails and parks I know of are very small and close to busy roads. Doesn’t really feel like nature. Where can I go that would actually remove me somewhat from civilization?
Answer by ALL
I was following your question for a couple days in hopes of getting info myself. Since no one answered so far, I just say I know of a couple nice places but I’m not sure if they’re big enough for you.
1. Oregon Ridge in Hunt Valley, MD. Nice with hills.
2. McKeldin area in Marriottsville , MD
Both the above are good for 1-2 hour hikes (maybe 3-5 miles depending on how many side trails you take)
3. If these aren’t big enough, you can head on out to the Catoctin Mountain Park. There are many miles of trails out there.
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Question: How can I prepare for hiking the appalachian trail?
My friend and I are hiking the Appalachian Trail this summer after graduation. We’re both athletic and are willing to work HARD to get in shape for this. He is a skier, and I am a runner and the more punishing the work out the better, but it has to be relevant, so bring it please.
Answer by Sufi
um just practice walking on weekends and stuff. practice what you will be doing. prepping on what to bring and how to handle sleeping/tenting/eating is much harder than physical prep.
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