If you don’t have a car, accessing this part of Harriman State Park and its network of trails is made easy by train service stopping at Tuxedo Station. The beginning of the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail is only a half-mile walk/hike from the station. Great views of Lake Sebago, Skenonto, Tuxedo Village and surrounding mountain ranges.
The Mohonk Preserve is 8,000 acres of cliffs, forests, fields, ponds and streams located on the Shawangunk Ridge, a section of the Appalachian Mountains. The Trapps is also a major destination for rock climbers. Minnewaska State Park Preserve adjoins the Mohonk Preserve lands to the south, and protects another 12,000 acres.
Saved from residential development in 2003, the 253-acre Franny Reese State Park in Ulster County contains three miles of hiking trails overlooking the Hudson River, Mid-Hudson Bridge and the Walkway Over the Hudson. Along the White Trail lay ruins of Cedar Glen, the estate of Dr. Charles H. Roberts, built in the 1860s.
Mount St. Helens, an active volcano located in the Cascade Range, experienced a major eruption in 1980 that killed 57 people, destroyed homes, roads, railways and wildlife, and left a crater that reduced the summit's elevation by more than 1,300 feet. Although new growth and recovery can be found in the area, remnants of the destruction are still visible.
Named in 2016 by Backpacker as one of the nation’s best state parks, Silver Falls contains the Trail of Ten Falls (7.2 miles) and the 177-foot South Falls. At more than 9,000 acres, it is the largest state park in Oregon.
Named for American poet Walt Whitman, the trail is in West Hills, near where Whitman grew up, and leads to Jaynes Hill, the highest natural elevation on Long Island (401 feet above sea level). A stone marker at the summit contains a plaque with Whitman’s poem Paumanok from Leaves of Grass.
Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary is a tidal marsh that serves as a natural habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife. The trail leads to a 700-foot boardwalk that allows you to traverse the marsh and take in views of Storm King and Breakneck Ridge. Also in this area is a small waterfall, Indian Brook Falls.
Cape May State Park lies on the southernmost tip of New Jersey, with views of the ocean and the 157-foot-high Cape May Lighthouse. The Cape May Point Natural Area contains migratory birds and other wildlife, as well as four miles of trails through dunes, ponds, marshes, and forests.