By day, NYC’s train stations are alive with the sights and sounds of busy New Yorkers heading their separate ways. But weekend riders on the Metro-North Harlem line can be found escaping to a quiet, slow-paced world far away from the hustle of the city: the Appalachian Trail itself. Tucked away near Pawling, New York, a hidden gem of a rail stop will bring you right to the doorstep of the A.T. and offer easy hiking access to one of the trail’s most treasured overlooks. Now, there’s no need to choose between a leisurely weekend ride on the rails and an up close experience with nature – you can do both! Lace up those boots, and let’s go!
Some additional info worth noting: the Metro-North Harlem train typically only opens one car at the Appalachian Station stop, so be sure to ask staff on board which car you should ride in. Also, please take extra care in the planning of your Cat Rocks adventure by being mindful of train departure times – you don’t want to miss your ride! There is limited parking nearby if you’d like to commute by car instead.
The Appalachian Trail is such a special part of New England’s landscape. Fortunately, this unique hike-and-ride opportunity makes experiencing the A.T. accessible to nearly everyone! If you’ve ever experienced a portion of the Appalachian, we’d love to hear about it!