Author Archives: Andrew Wojtanik

Minisink Battleground Loop (Minisink Battleground Park, NY)

– Revolutionary War Series – In July 1799, the Revolutionary War came to the Upper Delaware River Valley as a British-aligned militia led by famous Mohawk chief Joseph Brant raided the area to strike a blow at the morale of … Continue reading

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Mount Marshall Loop (Shenandoah National Park, VA)

Mount Marshall—named for John Marshall, the famous 19th century Chief Justice of the Supreme Court—actually comprises two distinct peaks in the North District of Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. North and South Marshall, as they are known, sport some of the … Continue reading

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Mount Tammany Loop (Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, NJ)

At the Delaware Water Gap, part of a broader National Recreation Area bearing its name, the Delaware River slices through a weakness in the mountains, forming a picturesque valley on the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Two peaks, part … Continue reading

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Crater Lake Trail (Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, NJ)

The Crater Lake Trail (no, not that Crater Lake) is a pleasant—although not particularly inspiring—loop hike in a remote section of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on the New Jersey side. Access to Crater Lake requires a lengthy drive … Continue reading

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Raymondskill Falls Trail (Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, PA)

The 150-foot Raymondskill Falls, when at full strength, is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Mid-Atlantic and the tallest in the state of Pennsylvania. Nestled in a shaded valley in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the three-tiered … Continue reading

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Billy Goat Trail – Section C (Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, MD)

The Billy Goat Trail is well-known to DC-area hikers, but most hike only one of the trail’s three sections. While Section A is swamped with visitors on any given weekend, Sections B and C are usually quiet and serene. Section … Continue reading

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Chesterfield Gorge Trail (Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area, NH)

Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area in southwest New Hampshire—not to be confused with another Chesterfield Gorge in Massachusetts—features a short, 0.7-mile walking trail that follows Wilde Brook as it tumbles over a series of cascades. While the park is a mere … Continue reading

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Mount Monadnock via White Dot Trail (Monadnock State Park, NH)

Derived from an Abenaki word, “monadnock” is used by geologists to describe a mountain that stands alone, rising abruptly from a plain and separate from a broader mountain range. Mount Monadnock (3,165’) in southern New Hampshire aptly fits the description: … Continue reading

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Eleanor’s Walk Trail (Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, NY)

Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States and the first US delegate to the United Nations, lived part of her life at Val-Kill, a quiet, wooded estate in Hyde Park, New York, just east of her husband Franklin Delano … Continue reading

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Top Cottage Trail (Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, NY)

Springwood, the Hudson River Valley home of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is now preserved by the National Park Service in Hyde Park, New York. However, during his second term as president, Roosevelt also had built a separate cottage, intended as … Continue reading

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