Published Aug 16, 2014
There are three kinds of people in this world: those who prefer mountains instead of beaches; those who prefer beaches over mountains; and, those who enjoy hiking the trails along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.
(Perhaps with further study we might discover additional types of individuals.)
Our friends at the Appalachian Mountain Club, based on Beacon Hill in Boston, published a list of seven glorious coastal hikes in their AMC Outdoors publication.
One path is in Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec, Maine. This trail gives new meaning to the words "east coast." Tides in the Bay of Fundy are almost as remarkable as the whale watching that draws folks to this paradise.
The Great Island Trail on old Cape Cod is another seaside treasure that you won't want to miss.
New Jersey's Cape May State Park is well known to birders around the world as a great place to add new finds to their life lists, but it's a beautiful spot for a walk by the sea.
This location is not as well known as the others: Calvert Cliffs State Park, on the west side of the Chesapeake Bay. Six easy-to-moderate trails, some along a boardwalk, take you to a lovely beach. The most outstanding aspect of Calvert Cliffs State Park is the cliffs that loom over the edge of the water. The cliffs majestically rise up more than 100 feet into the air. No, you cannot play on them. But you can always come back for another look.
You'll have to read AMC's story to discover the trail not listed here. It's a good read.
Tags: Appalachian Trail, Hiking, News, Appalachian Trail Clubs, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Robert Sutherland Travel Writer
Our Screwy Story of the Week comes from the Delaware Water Gap, where an Appalachian Hiker fell from a tree and was rescued by (ready?) the Coast Guard.
Published Aug 16, 2014.
National Public Lands Day for 2014 comes on Saturday, September 27th. 175,000 volunteers will promote this fee-free day by caring for parks across America.