60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Philadelphia

Top Hikes for Kids in Philadelphia

People flock to Philadelphia for its history and its architecture, but the City of Brotherly Love is also full of fantastic outdoor spaces to stretch your legs and get a good dose of Mother Nature. And if you want to combine education with recreation, summer...

Read More
Five-Star Trails: Adirondacks, Tim Starmer, Menasha Ridge Press, hiking in the Adirondacks, Cat Mountain, Stewart and Indian Lakes, Tongue Mountain Range

Best Hikes if You Want to be Alone in Adirondack Park

Adirondack Park is gigantic. Huge. Massive. The park’s boundaries encompass 9,375 square miles, larger than the neighboring states of Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New Hampshire. As you drive toward any of the hundreds of trailheads, you can feel the forest encroaching on...

Read More

A Little More Appalachian Trail, Anyone?

During the past couple of years, I have grown quite fond of traveling to Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). It isn’t the easiest place in the world to get to. You either have to drive to and then ferry from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, or fly...

Read More

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Boston: Fourth Installment

When I began to work out the details of revising 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Boston, I obviously had to plan around the winter. My first big deadline was April 1 (not coincidentally, April Fool’s Day). That’s pretty much the tail end of winter, assuming...

Read More
Weetamoo Woods, Rhode Island hiking, Matt Willen

A Hike at Weetamoo Woods in Rhode Island

I was in Rhode Island a couple of weeks ago to pick up a boat of mine that was being repaired, and I thought I would take a hike as long as I was up there. A friend recommended that I check out Weetamoo Woods,...

Read More
Best Tent Camping: New Jersey, Matt Willen, Worthington State Forest, New Jersey camping

Best Camping in Northern New Jersey

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA) has always been a bit of an enigma to me. In spite of its size (it spans over 70,000 acres in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania along the Delaware River), its extensive natural scenery, and its vast...

Read More
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston, Lafe Low, hikes near Boston, Massachusetts hiking

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Boston: Third Installment

I've had a minor epiphany regarding the 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston book I am revising. The last element of each hike profile is a Nearby Attraction—other things to do and see nearby, restaurants, things like that. This is a Boston book, my friends....

Read More
Best Tent Camping: New Jersey, Matt Willen, High Point State Park

Camping in New Jersey’s High Point State Park

This fall, I began working on my next guidebook project, the second edition of Best Tent Camping: New Jersey. The first edition of the book was written by Marie Javins, who no longer lives in the Northeast. Given my close proximity to New Jersey, Menasha Ridge...

Read More
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston, Lafe Low, hikes near Boston,

The Second 5: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Boston

Hold onto your hats, folks! We're deep into the double digits of updating 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston. Only (involuntary shudder) 50 more to go! Hike #6 - Callahan State Park Callahan State Park is a huge place. It’s actually set up like two separate parks, with...

Read More