Four state parks in the Portland and south Maine coast area provide plenty of hiking opportunities if you’re staying at Moody Beach. Visit MEliving.com for park details and hike specifics.

Hiking in the Catskills should be on your list if you’re staying at New York’s Rondout Valley. Six hiking trails can be found in Catskill Park. Visit catskills.com for a listing of trails.

New Jersey’s Cape May Point State Park offers the Red, Yellow and Blue trails that vary from .5 to 2.0 miles, respectively. Shore birds, wildlife and coastal views highlight these hikes. Check out the park’s website by visiting www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/capemay for detailed information on the park and its trails. Our three great Jersey resorts are perfect for your trails’ end camp.

Mountains, streams, waterfalls and fantastic views highlight a hike in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Scotrun Resort is the perfect hiking home base while you explore four beautiful hiking trails in Lehigh Gorge State Park (visit poconohiking.com for more information.)

Upcoming Events

September 21-23: Pig Roast Weekend at PA Dutch Preserve, Manheim, PA.

September 22-23: Visit Pennsylvania’s Scotrun and enjoy the Rodeo and Chili Cook-off held at Shawnee Mountain, just 18 miles from the preserve. Professional rodeo with all live events, plus country music, line dancing, and crafts. For information visit www.shawneemt.com.

September 28-30: Halloween Weekend at Chestnut Lake Preserve, Port Republic, NJ.

September 21-23: Yard Sale Frenzy at Sea Pines Preserve, Swainton, NJ.

October 6-7: Rondout Valley‘s Annual Breast Cancer fundraiser, Accord, NY

Through October 21: Just 15 miles from Gateway to Cape Cod, King Richard’s Faire, in Carver, Mass., offers entertainment, exciting rides and skill games on the enchanted 80-acre site. Eight stages, acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, minstrels, dancers, fire eaters, puppeteers and even exotic tigers will be there. Held at 235 Main Street, in Carver, just 15 miles from the preserve. Tickets at the gate are $27 for adults, $15 for children ages 4-11 and children under age 4 are free.

September is best at Pine Country because as the weather cools a bit you can see deer and turkeys every now and then when walking our hiking trails. Our hiking trails take you around ponds, across bridges and next to creeks ~ Kevin Mclindsay, Property Manager