The lowest point on the Appalachian Trail is a zoo. Sigh. Zoos always make my skin crawl and I can’t go to them.
This zoo is located at the base of Bear Mountain on the New York Appalachian Trail. The trail literally passes through the zoo, snaking its way past cages of animals that you find along the New York AT.
It really is the lowest elevation on The Appalachian Trail at 124 feet of elevation.
You could walk 2 miles from the Bear Mountain Zoo and see these same animals in the woods, free and dignified, but instead they’re housed here in cages that are so small, you wouldn’t keep your dog in them.
I think the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference that oversees that Appalachian Trail here should reroute the trail around the zoo. Hiking through it is just a bummer and contradicts everything I think the Appalachian Trail stands for.
What do you think?