The New York section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) runs 88 miles from Sterling Forest State Park in the south near New Jersey to Schaghticoke Mountain in the north near Connecticut. The elevation ranges from 124 feet up to 1,433 feet. Coming from the south, the route skirts around Greenwood Lake and runs northeast through Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain State Park, and Clarence Fahnestock State Park before reaching Schaghticoke Mountain. The route is mainly wooded and surprisingly secluded for being so close to big cities. The trail is mostly flat with a few short steep climbs.
Note: there are few potable water sources along the trail.
The Appalachian Trail, commonly known by backpackers as the AT, is a popular 2,167 mile thru-hike along a wilderness footpath. The Appalachian Trail is a registered National Scenic Trail that winds along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia in the south to Maine in the north. More specifically, the AT runs through the scenic wooded and pastoral lands of fourteen eastern US states, stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia, in the south to Mount Katahdin, Maine, in the north. The Appalachian Trail route is more than 99 percent protected by either federal ownership, state ownership or designated rights-of-way from local land owners.
Overall, Appalachian Trail is the 2nd most popular hiking trail of all 49 hikes in New York.