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Hike the NY Appalachian Trail
This 14.5 mile shuttle hike goes from the CT border, through the Pawling Nature Preserve, Hammersley Ridge, past the Dover Oak (the largest oak tree on the entire Appalachian Trail), Cat Rocks, and Nuclear Lake. We meet at Route 55 in Pawling and shuttle to Hoyt Road to begin the hike. Bring 3 liters of water, food, and recent long hiking experience. There is now a shorter hike option of 6.9 miles. Hoyt Rd. and end at Route 22. For those not wishing to complete the full hike.

Applalachian Trail head parking lot Route 55 Poughquag, NY

Route 55 · Poughquag, NY

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Our meetup group schedules hikes regularly for both the advanced hiker looking for long and strenuous workouts as well as the less serious hiker looking for shorter and more moderate walks. We hike all the trails and preserves in the Litchfield County area and often venture into New York and Massachusetts. Our focus is on exercise, making friends, and appreciating nature. We usually follow each hike with a social gathering at a local eatery.

This group is unique in that there is strong emphasis on learning about the diverse flora and fauna of Connecticut's wooded habitats and its ecology. I recently completed the DEEP/Goodwin Forest Master Naturalist program and love sharing the things I find exciting about the areas we explore. I am also really interested in CT history. When I'm not leading hikes for Litchfield County Explorers, I guide hikes professionally for the Mayflower Inn in Washington, CT and work for Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel. I am certified in wilderness first aid from the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Check out my other meetup groups! Connecticut Walkers and Friends and Hiking With Goodwin Master Naturalists.

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Rami Haxhi

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