Parking on the NY Appalachian Trail

Section 6 - Taconic State parkway to NY 301 Displayed from North to South

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Taconic State Parkway
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From I-84 take Exit 16 south onto the Taconic State Parkway . Continue to the first exit (Miller Hill Road). The northbound AT joins Miller Hill Road just west of the parkway, crosses under the parkway via an underpass, then goes left on Rockledge Road for a short distance before going right into the woods. This interchange marks the official south end of NY Section 5 and north end of NT Section 6. There were no obvious parking places anywhere near the trail here. See mile 0.3 of Section 6 for possible parking. 03/12/07 None at this point
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03/17/08 1
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Click on the A icon on the attached map and rotate the street view to the north to see Rockledge Road (the road on the right in the view). The northbound trail goes up this road a short distance then goes right into the woods. Click on the B icon and rotate to the southwest to see the southbound route leaving Miller Hill Road on the west side of the Taconic Parkway. 06/22/11 1
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Hortontown Road
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Follow directions to the Miller Hill Road interchange of the Taconic State Parkway. At end of ramp, go right on Miller Hill Road. Descend steeply for 0.4 miles to the intersection with Hortontown Road. Go left (south). The AT crosses Hortontown Road in about 0.3 miles, just before the entrance to the RPH cabin (shelter). There is limited roadside parking just north of the trail crossing. When I first hiked this section I parked on the grounds of the RPH Cabin. I met the caretaker who had no problem with my parking there. On a more recent visit (June 2009) there was still a sign that read "RPH Cabin Parking", but there was a chain across the entrance. The entire area around the RPH shelter has been re-configured and there is no longer any parking possible on the shelter grounds. 07/22/09
2-3 in roadside parking
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The marker on the attached map indicates the approximate location of the parking area on Hortontown Road. 03/17/08 1
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Rotate the street view on the attached map to the northwest to see the southbound trail. Rotate to the south to see the northbound trail. Rotate to the west to see the parking area on the right side of the road (where the car is parked.) 06/04/13 1
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The status of parking on Hortontown Road is currently up in the air. Hikers are advised not to plan to park on Hortontown Road. 04/22/16 1
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Long Hill Road
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See directions to the RPH Cabin on Hortontown Road (Mile 0.3). Continue south on Hortontown Road for 0.7 miles, then go right on gravel Long Hill Road. This climbs fairly steeply. The AT crossing is 1.1 miles up this road near the top of the climb. There is a dirt parking area on the right. If you are driving from Hortontown Road, the northbound AT goes to the right at the crossing, the southbound to the left. The marker on the attached map indicates the approximate location of the trail crossing at the crest of the ridge. I do not have exact coordinates. 07/22/09 3-5 1
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NY 301
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See directions to the Miller Hill Road interchange (Mile 0.0). Continue south on the Taconic State Parkway for another 4 miles to the NY 301 interchange which is also the exit for Fahenstock State Park. At the end of the ramp, go right on NY 301 about 1.3 miles to the AT crossing which is at the west end of Canopus Lake. There are signs marking this crossing. The northbound AT comes in from the left (south), goes west for a short distance, the goes right (north) into the woods. The marker on the attached map indicates the last point. Refer to the picture of Canopus Lake and NY 301 in Section 7. Seen is a wide parking shoulder good for several cars on the south side of the road. Ther is also a shoulder on the north side of the road where the northbound trail reenters the woods. There is a parking area on the north side of the road about 0.2 miles to the east (just around the bend in the picture) and another shortly beyond that on the right. These each provide parking for an additional 6-8 cars.03/12/07

Update: See the pictures for this section for views of the parking area east of the trail crossing and on the north side of NY 301 at the crossing.
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