Walking in Westport

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The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine, running 2,180 miles over mountains, rocky slopes, and deep valleys. Since it was established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has cared for the trail, maintaining 250,000 acres of public land. The organization educates hikers on Leave No Trace camping and why it's not a good idea to challenge a bear to a hugging contest.

Volunteers and trail crews build and repair shelters along the footpath and engage youth and community members in outdoor activities. In addition to these human-oriented services, the ATC works to protect endangered species living along the trail and to preserve the land's watershed streams and migratory corridor.

700 Highway 22
Pawling,
NY
US

Greenburgh Nature Center boasts approximately 33 acres of woodland preserve teeming with trails and gardens, attracting more than 70,000 nature lovers each year. Animal enthusiasts can investigate the indoor live-animal museum and its more than 100 specimens, and knowledgeholics can binge on the center's continuing research on American eels, waterfowls, eastern screech owls, and flatworms. Outdoor animal displays abound with creatures such as prairie dogs and rabbits. The upcoming exhibit The Way of Water follows the progression of Westchester's watersheds and includes live aquatic animals such as the invisible mermaid.

99 Dromore Rd
Scarsdale,
NY
US

Good food, meet people. People, meet good food. Harlem Sweet & Savory Food Tour functions as something of a culinary matchmaker, pairing curious diners with unexpected new cuisine on interactive walking tours. During exploratory jaunts that last up to three hours, participants become acquainted with some of New York City's best eats?all without getting set up on a blind date with a cheeseburger. Harlem serves as the backdrop, and its melting pot of cultures and ethnicities provides an unpredictable mixture of different recipes and flavors. Along the route, groups sample dishes and marvel at some of Harlem's historical sites, such as the Apollo Theater, Astor Row, and the Studio Museum.

40 Memorial Highway
New Rochelle,
NY
US

Students should bring: Sneakers are needed for Zumba and Walking Workout.

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 5?10 people

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2007

Parking: Metered lot and street parking

Q&A with the Manager

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

The best way to keep people motivated is for them to see the results of their hard work!

What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?

Mistakes in form lead to injury. It is very common for people to come to us with back, neck, and shoulder injuries resulting from diligent?but incorrect?home fitness routines. Even if you know the proper form, it isn't always easy to tell if you are implementing it correctly. For this reason, even the best instructors often have their own instructors to observe their form.

Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?

We offer massage, as well as workshops related to health and wellness.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We pride ourselves on having a strong community atmosphere.

129 Main St
Dobbs Ferry,
NY
US

The guides at Vertically Inclined maintain an intimate knowledge of the steep slopes, craggy rocks, burbling steams, and scenic wooded overlooks at each of their chosen hiking locations. They tailor their day hikes, overnight treks, and fall-foliage winery expeditions to fit the ability levels of their fellow hikers. Depending on their chosen route, treks may wind along trails through the Bear Mountain region and the Hudson Highlands, or to rugged landscapes including Fort Montgomery. During their many journeys, they keep their cameras handy to snap photos and document their hikers' victories over the terrain and in arm-wrestling matches with bald eagles. Though adventures technically begin at the trailhead, guides know that getting there is half the battle and provide round-trip transportation from the Bronx.

1916 Benedict avenue
Bronx,
New York
US