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Celebrate 'Trail Day' In Pawling With Appalachian Trail Hike

The Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community is having its third-annual Trail Day in Pawling Oct. 15.
The Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community is having its third-annual Trail Day in Pawling Oct. 15. Photo Credit: Contributed

PAWLING, N.Y. -- Hiking fans are invited to lace up their hiking boots and hit the trails when the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community, along with the National Parks Conservation Association, hosts its third annual Trail Day Saturday.

Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hikers will be able to enjoy the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T., Trail) in all its fall splendor. The event will take place rain or shine.

Free activities will include a hike to the Dover Oak and Cat Rocks overlook, yoga on the A.T. boardwalk, an introduction to trail maintenance workshop, trail projects led by The Mission Continues, a photography exhibit by Justin Goodhart and Charles Flores, birding, orienteering, a native plant walk and talk and much more.

The NPCA and the HVATC will recognize two A.T. honorees: Howard Permut, former president of Metro-North Railroad, and Sean Gobin, founder and executive director of Warrior Expeditions.

Permut will be recognized for his outstanding work in conceiving and developing the only train stop directly on the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail, which runs from Springer, Ga., to Mount Katahdin, Maine. He was part of the original team that formed Metro-North Railroad in 1983 and served as president from 2008 until his retirement in 2014.

Gobin will be honored for his work helping combat veterans transition from military service by participating in long-distance outdoor expeditions. Following his own thru-hike in 2012, Gobin started the Warrior Hike “Walk off the War” program on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in 2013, and has since expanded offerings to nine national scenic trails and the Mississippi River.

The free event takes place on the trail at Native Landscapes & Garden Center, 991 Route 22, Pawling. Parking is available nearby and dogs on leashes are welcome. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

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