Time: 2 hours 16 minutes
Elevation gain: 703 feet
Year to date miles: 88.7
Parking: Route 284. Room for around 4 cars on gravel pullout.
Map: Appalachian Trail Conservancy New York / New Jersey Appalachian Trail Guide and Maps
Cross street from parking area.
Cross over stream.
Cross another street.
Hike up and down hill.
Hike through Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge.
Arrive at Lake Wallkill Road.
We left our dogs at home today. It was unclear if dogs were allowed at the Wallkill Refuge. Our trail guide said only thru hiker dogs are allowed. But the sign at the refuge said that leashed dogs are allowed on the AT through the refuge. We also saw a few people walking their dogs there, and they were definitely not thru hikers. The Refuge website says no pets.
Except for the hill in the beginning of this hike, this hike is flat! After you get up the hill, the terrain is easy. There is a road walk portion. The trail through the refuge is on grass! I believe the area used to be a sod farm. After the refuge, there is a very long section of puncheon before arriving at the road. This hike has a lot of sun exposure.
Loved the wildlife refuge. It is a place visited by birders. We saw many birds and many turtles. There is canoeing on the Wallkill River.
|Parking area is right before this sign on Route 284|
|Crossing the first field|
|View of farms from the top of the hill|
|Starting the road walk|
|Entering the refuge.|
|Look at that flat trail!|
|We saw many turtles on logs in the water, but this one was hanging out on the trail.|