The Appalachian Trail runs just about 2,200 from Georgia to Maine. A little known fact about the trail is that although you may encounter many freight lines along your journey, there is only one commuter rail station that is directly located on the AT. Stopping only on weekends and holidays, the MTA transports hikers and campers to the Appalachian Trail Station throughout the year.
Located just off of Route 22 in Pawling, NY, the station was the idea of George Zoebelein, who did a great deal of hiking in the area and was a veteran of the NY/NJ Trail Conference as well as both the NY/NJ Appalachian Trail Conferences, and also served as a member of the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA. The station, as you can see in the picture below, was built in three months by Metro-North Railroad in 1991 for the cost of pretty nominal cost of $10,000.
That is a mighty loooong trail! I did not know…. Could that station get any closer to the tracks? Or perhaps, that is how stations are….. Fun shoots. Thank you.
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