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Appalachian Trail/Overnight camping near NYC?

Hello,

 

I'm a person who would love to camp more, and I know the AT comes right by the city, and I know that public transit can bring me nearby.

 

But can you just camp anywhere on the AT, even if you're not a thru hiker? You can just get onto the trail and set your tent up anywhere?

 

How does it work?

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@StatenIslanderYou're allowed to so long as you're not within the boundaries of a state park (such as Harriman-in which case you have to follow their rules and camp by a lean to). Otherwise, the same rules apply throughout the whole trail unless posted otherwise. Another option is to get to Tuxedo NY and get into Harriman that way.
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Thanks!

I've done that, but it's *brutal* in the heat from the Tuxedo Station to the woods. No tree cover, difficult walks alongside/crossing highways. I can do it, but I can't believe that's the easiest!

 

What about up by Anthony's Nose?

 

Also - If it's not a state park, what is it? Private? Federal?

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