The first section of the A.T. opened in Warwick in 1931, six years before the official opening of the entire Appalachian Trail. The Town has been welcoming hikers ever since and was named an A.T. Community™ in 2012.
The Town of Warwick is centrally located on the A.T. between High Point in New Jersey to the west and the Bear Mountain Bridge in New York to the east with easy road access to this entire 65 mile section. The Village of Greenwood Lake in Warwick with many hiker amenities can be accessed directly from the A.T. using the Village Vista Trail. The Pochuck, Wawayanda and Wildcat Shelters on the AT are easily accessed from Warwick and can be used in planning section hikes (no reservations or permits required).
With ample road access and parking within and in the immediate vicinity of Warwick, A.T. hikes of all ability levels can be accommodated. The Wallkill River National Wildlife Reserve, the Pochuck Boardwalk and suspension bridge, the "Stairway to Heaven" at Wawayanda Mountain, spectacular views of the Warwick Valley and Greenwood Lake, and Fitzgerald Falls are all within Warwick or at our immediate doorstep, literally just a few minutes away in neighboring towns. A little further within a 45-minute drive is the beautiful Delaware Water Gap, the clear and clean waters of the upper Delaware River, the NY-NJ Trail Conference's spectacular Bear Mountain A.T. rehabilitation project featuring over 1,000 hand-hewn granite steps, and the Bear Mountain Bridge which carries the A.T. across the Hudson River built in 1924.
The beautiful Warwick Valley is a destination renowned for its Victorian charm, sense of community, sophisticated culture, and distinctly rural character. Just 55 miles from New York City, the Town of Warwick includes three unique villages (Florida, Greenwood Lake, and Warwick) and numerous hamlets (including Amity, Bellvale, Edenville, New Milford, and Pine Island) as well as New Jersey neighbor Vernon Township. Pine Island and Florida’s fertile black dirt produce 25 percent of the nation’s onion crop as well as organic vegetables, sod, and flower crops. Find a bounty of fresh local produce in full bloom from May through November at The Warwick Valley Farmers’ Market, named one of the best in the county. Warwick’s natural beauty extends beyond its farmland to mountains, streams, and lakes. Greenwood Lake is ten miles long, making it the largest lake in Orange County, NY and straddles the New York/New Jersey border. Discover the agricultural richness of Warwick and see firsthand why it has been named a “Communities in Bloom International Challenge” winner, and even given the title of “The most beautiful Village in the world”. Exciting events, fairs and festivals are held in the Warwick Valley throughout the year. Whether you plan to spend your time relaxing or on the go, the wide array of activities, restaurants, and beautiful sights promise something for everyone.
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