Fall is close at hand, which means people are looking for ways to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. And with a summer spent close to home dues to COVID-19, getting out to your favorite hikes has never been more needed.
For those along the eastern side of the country, heading out to wide open trails is one way to shake off some cabin fever. States like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware all offer up great opportunities for people to hike and bike. Just remember to wear your mask and stay socially distant from others not in your household.
Here are some great locations to check out.
- Palisades International Park: The park sits along Alpine, New Jersey. People from nearby New York and Pennsylvania can descend on the trails within the park that starts in Fort Lee by the George Washington Bridge. The trails run near the Hudson River, leading to New York State, so hikers are never too far away from the city or access to certain needs. The park comes with multiple trails, including the easy-to-moderate Shore Trail, which lets hikers stroll along the river and head near the shore to comb for seashells during low tide.
- Stoney Ridge Trail: Recently opened, this trail near Paterson, New Jersey, replicates a path near the Passaic River. The trail, which was historically used by mill workers to get to work in centuries past, was overgrown and needed some TLC. Now, the trail is perfect for a day hike and features great views of the nearby rivers.
- Standing Stone Trail: The Standing Stone Trail is a hiking trail that stretches along for 84 miles through Fulton, Huntington, and Mifflin counties. The trail winds through central Pennsylvania, from Cowans Gap State Park in the south to Rothrock State Forest in the north. The trail is part of the 1,600-mile Great Eastern Trail, which starts in Alabama and runs all the way north to the Finger Lakes in New York.
- Pine Creek Rail Trail: Perfect for bikers, this trail offers travelers a 62-mile journey through the area commonly referred as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. This path, once used to transport freight by train, is also great for relaxing, low-stress hikes. The trail has a small grade and runs mostly uphill.
- Walking Dunes Trail: A hidden trail in Cape Henlopen State Park gives hikers a full-circle look at various kinds of nature, including wooded maritime forests, salt marsh wetlands, open sand dunes, and The Great Dune. Totaling nearly three miles in a loop, the trail offers 80-foot-high views of the ocean below.
- Northern Delaware Greenway Trail: Located in Northern Delaware, the Greenway Trail is a 10.4-mile trail that links together some of the best sites in the region including Bellevue State Park, Wilmington State Park, Brandywine Creek State Park, and Rockford Park. Historic sites, like dramatic rock walls of Alapocas State Park, give hikers unique views while walking through.