Category Archives: Hikes

Improving the Long Swamp Trail, One Hike at a Time

Eagle Scout could earn another prestigious Hornaday Conservation Award for his efforts combating invasive species in Sterling Forest By Zachary Kunow, Trail Conference volunteer I am a 16-year-old Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 21 of Suffern, N.Y., and have … Continue reading

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“Stay Away from the Woods”: Countering the Idea that Nature Is Unsafe for Our Kids

By Hank Osborn, Senior Program Coordinator What messages are our children receiving about exploring the outdoors, and how will they affect future efforts to protect our environment? My wife and I try to get our young ones outside as much … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at Snow Fleas

By Hope Rogers, Trail Walker Contributor On a bright winter day, have you ever noticed what look like specks of dark soot in the snow, especially at the base of trees? And then, upon closer inspection, the “specks” are crawling … Continue reading

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Where There’s a Hearth, There’s Mirth

By Gary Willick, Fulfillment Specialist As an adult, I discovered that most of the people I had known in my hometown of Teaneck, NJ, had moved away; I myself had moved to Closter, NJ. When visiting my parents and the … Continue reading

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SUEZ Water North Jersey Volunteers Are Committed to Building and Protecting Trails

Many thanks to SUEZ Water North Jersey for doing their part in helping the Trail Conference create, protect, and promote 2,100 miles of public trails. Check out our video that showcases our partnership with ny/nj trail conference Posted by SUEZ Water North … Continue reading

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Breakneck Ridge: A Trail Steward’s Diary

By Brian Tragno, Breakneck Ridge Trail Steward, 2014 & 2015 It’s a beautiful Saturday morning in September. The sun is just starting to shine over our pop-up tent in the parking lot next to the Breakneck Ridge trailhead. As we gaze … Continue reading

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The Future Mt. Tobias Trail

By Will Soter, Catskills Assistant Program Coordinator Mt. Tobias is not your typical Catskill hiking destination. Its relatively short, 2,540-foot summit and its lack of any official trails tend to keep hikers from seeking its peak. With the opening of … Continue reading

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