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Continuing on the Long Path Trail

 Long Path Sign

With less than a week until our May 30th deadline, OSI is more than halfway to its goal of raising $10,000 to fill in a critical gap in the Long Path Trail.

For many years, OSI and our colleauges at New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and Friends of the Shawangunks have recognized the Long Path Trail as a treasured public resource and an outdoors asset for all. Starting at the western abutment of the George Washington Bridge, this 347-mile long path begins along sea level salt marshes, meanders through boreal forests and then climbs 4,000-foot peaks in the Catskills, taking the trail hiker through an assortment of environments and vistas along the way. Click here to take a virtual hike. 

Over the last two decades, numerous OSI conservation efforts have helped relocate and align the Long Path Trail so that it remains a “wilderness” trail as it was envisioned by Vincent Schaefer 80 years ago—one that invites users off-road through some of New York State’s most diverse terrain.

In fact, Schaefer named this trail after a line from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road” in which the poet travels along “the long brown path that leads wherever I choose.”

Now, with our May 30th deadline to purchase this property approaching, we have an opportunity to fill in one gap in the trail, but we need your help.

Rodriguez Long PathLocated in the Sullivan County town of Mamakating, the parcel is small—2.32 acres—but critical as it connects two large state forests. Thanks to a lead gift of $2,500 from the Friends of the Shawangunks and contributions of all sizes from many of our supporters, we have almost met our fundraising goal. Won't you consider making a gift today?

Once we complete this acquisition, we will be able to link the two state forests—Roosa Gap State Forest and Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest—and permanently protect the trail corridor as it wends its way up the rocky spine of the southern Shawangunk Ridge.

Your contribution will not only help complete the Long Path Trail but it will also demonstrate much-needed community support for public access to recreation in New York State. 

Click here to donate to fill in the gap. 

So, with the weather warming up, what better time to grab a friend and go for a hike on the Long Path?




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