Join WTA in completing the Westchester 100, a project inspired by the publication of the "Walkable Westchester" book written by WTA members Jane and Walt Daniels.
When the first edition of the book was published, we compiled a list of 100 local hiking areas and trails and have been sponsoring guided hikes to these locations since the fall of 2009. The book has been an invaluable resource for hiking in our home county, describing over 180 parks and about 600 miles of trail. The second edition, which came out in April of 2014, added another 26 places to walk or hike and 42 more miles of trail to its inventory. To incorporate the updates contained in the second edition, we revised our Westchester 100 List, which now includes several of the newly referenced locations.
To see our updated Westchester 100 list, please click here. We invite you to join us in exploring the many places to walk or hike that Westchester County has to offer.
Winter Hiking Tips: Dress in layers, wear a hat. Leave the cotton clothing home - cotton retains moisture and contributes to hypothermia. Bring plenty of food and water, and a hot beverage if desired, and be sure to carry microspikes, stabilicers or other traction aids in your pack in case you need them. Remember, hiking in winter can be lots of fun, as long as you are prepared for the weather.
Westchester Trails Association
WTA Welcomes its New Members: Steven Aigner, Magdalena Barrett, Marion "Dukie" Baxter, Jack Blumenthal, Lynne Blumenthal, Jim Collins, Susan Greenberg, Diane Herbert, Judy Morgan, Maryanne Quartiere, Maria Schmidt, Karen Stroman, Kim Swanson, Adrienne Unwin.
Have a most enjoyable winter. See you on the trail!
Berkshire Delight. Our annual Hiking Week is a club tradition that began with yearly trips to the Berkshires in northern Massachusetts, and then branched out to other destinations. We've been to the Catskills, the Delaware Water Gap, Shenendoah and Acadia National Parks and elsewhere, and we decided that it was time to return to the Berkshires for our 2017 Hiking Week. Thirty-nine people joined us in Williamstown, MA in May. We hiked to the summit of Mount Greylock, explored sections of the Appalachian Trail near Dalton and Cheshire, visited local trails and preserves including the Hopkins Memorial Forest, Field Farm, the Pine Cobble and Natural Bridge State Park, and ventured further afield to climb Mt. Equinox in Manchester, VT and check out the trails and sculptures at the Southern Vermont Art Center. There was good food, good hiking and good friendship, and now that we're back we're planning our 2018 trip - this time to the Adirondacks!
Hunting season in nearby New York counties continues until the middle of December; in Connecticut through the end of December: and in New Jersey until the end of January. During hunting season, always wear bright orange when hiking in areas where hunting is allowed.
It's Worth Quoting. A truth I would share with anyone who deplores the passing of the last glorious days of fall as they give way to bare-bones winter is the astonishing beauty of the sculptured landscape that you may not have been able to see since the preceding winter and early spring. Burgeoning leaves and undergrowth during spring and summer bend and shape the meadows and hide the fields so that the eye sees only the softly rounded contours of the land. In winter, what you see is what you get. A hill is a hill, a mountain a mountain, a valley a valley. The austere architectural beauty of winter is for the hardy, the realists among us. Excerpted from an article by WTA board member Rochelle Player published in the White Plains Reporter Dispatch, 2/11/97.