Your Guide to #OptOutside in the New York-New Jersey Region this Black Friday

Appalachian Trail Bear Mountain

#OptOutside this Black Friday, and trade crowds of shoppers for views like this shot of Bear Mountain. (Photo credit: Nick Zungoli,

Our partner REI is closing all of its stores on Black Friday, encouraging people to explore the outdoors rather than shop. If you choose to #OptOutside this year, here are three easy ways to plan your adventure in the New York-New Jersey area.

REI #OptOutside

Find a Hike/Find a Park
The Trail Conference’s Find a Hike and Find a Park databases at are the most comprehensive source for finding information on trails and parks in our region. Access detailed hike descriptions, maps, and more. You can also sort hikes by region, length, difficulty, and other criteria.

Find a Hike Map
Our Find a Hike Map provides a visual guide to our hike descriptions. Zoom in to view hikes in a particular location, or enter your address and search by proximity. For example, if you’d like to find moderate to strenuous hikes that are within 25 miles of our headquarters in Mahwah, N.J., the Find a Hike Map provides info on 134 hikes from 74 trailheads in 33 different parks. You can narrow that down by adding filters to find specific hike features, such as waterfalls, or looking for hikes that are accessible by public transportation.

Trail Store
Trail Conference maps and books are indispensable resources for connecting to and enjoying hiking trails in the region. Bonus: when you buy from us, you also support our trail work!

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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