The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley. For more information, check out the book. 1. POETS’ WALK ROMANTIC LANDSCAPE PARK A fun family river walk among open fields and stone walls with rustic gazebos provides unforgettable views of the Catskills. Location: Red Hook, NY Rating: Easy…

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What follows is an excerpt from Desperate Steps: Life, Death, and Choices Made in the Mountains of the Northeast, available now from  AMC Books. The screen door on the ranger’s cabin slammed hard in the wind. Baxter State Park Ranger Ralph Heath rose stiffly from the supper table to secure the latch, uneasy over the…

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