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fireneck
01-21-2012, 21:11
What is the biggest city near the trail?

By near I mean, 30 miles or less.

Blissful
01-21-2012, 21:21
New York - I think at the Palisades Parkway crossing

mikec
01-21-2012, 21:23
This is a good trivia question. The closest that I can think of is Duncannon, PA, which is about 15 miles from Harrisburg, PA

4eyedbuzzard
01-21-2012, 21:33
I think NYC is outside that 30 mile radius by quite a bit. It's over 60 from the Metro North AT train station and probably some 50 or so from Waywaywanda in NJ or from the Bear Mtn Bridge.

Blissful
01-21-2012, 21:35
The 60 miles though is to Grand Central Station in the heart of the city. I thought if you beelined it down the Palisades it was less than 30 to the first borough. But I could be wrong.

4eyedbuzzard
01-21-2012, 21:40
The 60 miles though is to Grand Central Station in the heart of the city. I thought if you beelined it down the Palisades it was less than 30 to the first borough. But I could be wrong.Yeah, probably right around 30 to the Bronx - but that isn't exactly where I want to go when I visit NYC ;-)

Sly
01-21-2012, 21:44
I think NYC is outside that 30 mile radius by quite a bit. It's over 60 from the Metro North AT train station and probably some 50 or so from Waywaywanda in NJ or from the Bear Mtn Bridge.

As the crow flies it's 35 miles from the Empire State Building to the AT

Feral Bill
01-21-2012, 21:48
I checked on Google Earth. NYC is 40+ miles as the crow flys from Harriman. Disappointing to an old New Yorker. I'd guess Roanoke, but I haven't been there in a few decades.

4eyedbuzzard
01-21-2012, 21:53
It's pretty easy to get to though too. I know there's a bus from the DWG area (granted a ways out), and a bus from up around Bear Mtn, and there's Metro North RR. Pretty accesible by AT standards.

Sly
01-21-2012, 21:55
I checked on Google Earth. NYC is 40+ miles as the crow flys from Harriman. Disappointing to an old New Yorker. I'd guess Roanoke, but I haven't been there in a few decades.

As the crows flies, it's closer to a spot on the AT near Greenwood Lake than Harriman

Cookerhiker
01-21-2012, 22:28
Depends on how you define "big" - Harrisburg & Roanoke aren't small towns but they're not exactly metropolises either. However you count the miles to whatever point in NYC, I consider it the most accessible "big" city with all the pubic transporation options.

Although timewise, the train or bus rides to NYC aren't much faster than the trains from Harpers Ferry to Washington, D.C.

johnnybgood
01-21-2012, 22:38
Within 30 mile window it is likely Roanoke . Not exactly a major city but still a decent size with population of 100,000 plus .

Hey Cookerhiker , it was within 20 miles -from Rt.311 , wouldn't you say ? Where's Hikerhead when you need him . :sun

Sarcasm the elf
01-21-2012, 22:46
New York - I think at the Palisades Parkway crossing

Yup, still the scariest moment I've had on the A.T. was crossing the Palisades at 4:30 on a Friday. No crosswalk or anything.

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I think NYC counts as being close to the trail just because of the train stop that's direct from Grand Central. Folks from the city can get to the trail for a day hike by train. In my opinion that counts as close.

Cookerhiker
01-21-2012, 22:50
Within 30 mile window it is likely Roanoke . Not exactly a major city but still a decent size with population of 100,000 plus .

Hey Cookerhiker , it was within 20 miles -from Rt.311 , wouldn't you say ? Where's Hikerhead when you need him . :sun

My gut instinct was Rt. 220 was closer than 311 - I guess because 220 is on the the same side of I 81 as Roanoke. But you're probably right re. 311. I'd say no more than 20 miles.

ki0eh
01-21-2012, 23:08
Allentown, PA is larger than Roanoke (city limits basis), more than twice the size of Harrisburg, and within 20 miles of the A.T. any way you slice it.

jj2044
01-21-2012, 23:14
I could be wrong, but a little before harpersferry, you get right about 30 miles from DC/ arlingtonva/alexandriava.... its 3 towns but really just one large city, DC and arlington are pretty much only speprated by the river (potomac)

SassyWindsor
01-21-2012, 23:17
NYNY is the only really, and I do mean really, large city within your parameters. Atlanta, Boston other large X hubs, but just further away.

Sly
01-21-2012, 23:27
Springfield, MA which is bigger than Allentown is less that 30 road miles via I-90

Sly
01-21-2012, 23:32
I could be wrong, but a little before harpersferry, you get right about 30 miles from DC/ arlingtonva/alexandriava.... its 3 towns but really just one large city, DC and arlington are pretty much only speprated by the river (potomac)

From the trail to the outer beltway near Dulles is 36 miles atcf.

Sly
01-21-2012, 23:36
What is the biggest city near the trail?

By near I mean, 30 miles or less.

I'd venture to say Springfield, Mass. Less than 30 miles and 150K+ people.

jj2044
01-21-2012, 23:41
From the trail to the outer beltway near Dulles is 36 miles atcf.

humm i thought it was a little closer.... oh well, im sure your right, i guess im just getting old lol

bulldog49
01-22-2012, 17:40
What is the biggest city near the trail?

By near I mean, 30 miles or less.


You can't read a map?

Rozz
01-22-2012, 17:45
Snarky response. Seems like this question stirred some pleasant discourse.

sherpaat93
01-22-2012, 18:13
Downtown Asheville NC (Pop 75,000) is exactly 30 miles from Sam's Gap on the AT

Sams gap- rice gap maintainer

SpecialK
01-22-2012, 18:26
Id have to say the easiest would be the train from Harpers Ferry to DC. its a little over 40 miles but the train is quick.

TD55
01-22-2012, 18:40
Less than 25 miles from Bear Mountain to Yonkers and Yonkers is NYC, with public trans to the rest of the city.

AndyB
01-22-2012, 19:17
Ewing, Virginia

TD55
01-22-2012, 19:43
What is the biggest city near the trail?

By near I mean, 30 miles or less.

NEW YORK CITY is the biggest city near the trail. Some of these other places being mentioned ain't even close to bein' a city.

TOMP
01-22-2012, 21:19
Well exact milage aside, there are a lot big cities close enough to be considered near the AT. Washington DC, Philly, NYC, Altanta, even Boston. How can one walk around 20 miles a day and only consider a city near or close if it is under 30 miles away?

WingedMonkey
01-22-2012, 21:44
This thread brings back memories of my '95 hike. Somewhere north bound between the last shelter and the climb to Bear Mt. (before the nice stone steps there now) a south bound weekend hiker stopped to tell me "It's amazing you can see "The City" from up there". When I asked "What city" he looked at me as if I had stabbed him.
:p

Sly
01-22-2012, 21:56
humm i thought it was a little closer.... oh well, im sure your right, i guess im just getting old lol

I'm as right as Google Earth is using their ruler tool. How accurate it is, is anyone's guess.

Sly
01-22-2012, 22:01
Less than 25 miles from Bear Mountain to Yonkers and Yonkers is NYC, with public trans to the rest of the city.

Yonkers (Westchester County) isn't part of NYC, but you're right it's about 25 miles atcf and is bigger than Springfield