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Trails grant funds hiking trips


June 29, 2016

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The National Park Service (NPS) of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (UPDE) is one of 25 national parks selected to receive a 2016 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. UPDE has partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) to use this grant to fund three bus trips to area parks in 2016. Several hikes are scheduled varying in difficulty and are catered to engage both youth and older adults. The public in underserved communities of Sullivan County will be encouraged to experience the outdoors and adopt an active lifestyle by attending any or all trips in this series.

On Sunday, July 10 , there will be a bus trip to the Bouchoux Trail, boarding 10 a.m. at CCESC Education Center, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., Liberty. This challenging hike along the Main Stem of the Delaware River in the vicinity of Long Eddy/Lordville, and is intended for an audience looking for a challenge, is two miles long and takes around an hour and a half to complete. The trail leads to a beautiful panoramic view of the Upper Delaware River Valley. There are large bluestone piles and sculptures at the top of the trail that have grown in popularity over the years.

On Sunday, August 28, there will be a bus to the Tusten Mountain Trail, boarding at 10 a.m. CCESC Education Center. Another challenging hike, this three-mile-long trail is moderately difficult and takes two hours to complete. Part of the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp, this trail takes you on a loop over the Tusten Stone Arch Bridge and through the historic remains of the Tusten Settlement. The trail leads to a magnificent view of the Delaware River Valley.

On Saturday, October 8 there will be a bus trip to the Mongaup River Trail, boarding at 10 a.m. at the government center, 100 North St., Monticello. During prime leaf-peeping season, this moderately difficult two-mile-long hike is appropriate for all ages and takes about an hour to complete. Taking you along the Mongaup River, this trail winds through groves of eastern hemlock trees and ends at the historic Knight’s Cemetery.

There is no cost to participate in this program. Pre-registration is required and can be completed by calling CCESC at 845/292-6180, emailing sullivan@cornell.edu, or visiting www.sullivancce.org.

Now in its eighth year, the active trails program supports healthy living by getting people out and active in national parks through projects promoting recreation and exercise.