"Joy" hikes, bike rides and paddles run from a half to a full day in the New York/New Jersey area."You get a guide, a map and the comfort of a pre-scouted trail, someone trained in CPR and somebody who keeps you safe," says Betty Plunkett, director. Most people can go well beyond what they think they can do when put to the test." There are steadfast rules, and "No Men" is one of them.Don't get separated; no lagging; stay in back of the leader and in front of the sweep. We'll walk at a moderate pace of 2MPH uphill and down, on unmarked bridle trails and a combination of blazed.We'll do 7 miles in 3.5 to 4 hours, stop for lunch and several breaks.Montague says he'll turn you away from his hikes if you're not prepared.Bring water, wear hiking boots on rough terrain, and out-of-shapers stay home.The woods can even be a bonding agent, or at least a place where you might find someone you want to bond with.Specialized hike promotions have come to the fore by organizations like the Sierra Club, which offers hikes all over the region.
Hiking has great merit as a social activity; it emphasizes special characteristics in people.The right-of-ways are wide so you won't brush up against brush. Bring sunscreen and something to drink." They publicize 5 to 7-mile hikes and they accommodate people by planting cars along the way.There are off-trail hikes like the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia and the Manhattan bridges two in one day with dinner in China Town and dessert in Little Italy.AFW is a non-profit guided hiking group for women only that started as business 22 years ago.Membership entitles you to day hikes, bike rides and, for a small fee, workshops and weekend vacations from March to December.
Or hike other abandoned railroad beds and canals in the Poconos and Catskills.