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Harriman State Park, at 41,618 acres, is the second-largest state park in New York.  The park is located in Rockland and Orange counties just 30 miles from New York City.  Harriman State Park has 31 lakes and reservoirs, over 200 miles of hiking trails, three beaches, two public camping areas, a network of group camps.  There are miles of streams and scenic roads.  You'll see scores of wildlife species, vistas and vantage points.  Harriman State Park's major facilities include Lakes Welch, Sebago, Tiorati and Silvermine, the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Sebago Cabins and Beaver Pond Campgrounds.

Much of the land was donated in 1909 by Mary Harriman, which included a donation of one million dollars to build facilities in the park.  Mary Harriman was opposed the state's decision to build a prison at Bear Mountain and wanted to donate some of her land to the state in order to build a park.  She made a deal with the state before any donation was made. As part of the deal, the state would do away with the plan to build the prison, appropriate an additional $2.5 million to acquire additional land and construct park facilities.  The park became a reality on October 29, 1910.

The park is bordered by Bear Mountain State Park and Sterling Forest State Park, which creates a large wilderness area only 30 miles from New York City.  Harriman State Park is a hikers haven with over 200 miles marked hiking trails to explore and enjoy.  The Appalachian Trail passes through the state park on it's 2180 mile journey.  Look below for a list of some of the trails.  Most of the trails are maintained by the NY - NJ Trail Conference

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Directions

  • Off the Palisades Parkway, 30 miles north of New York City.

Hiking Trails

There are more than forty marked hiking trails (225 miles total) in Harriman, and another 57 unmarked trails and woods road (103 miles, foot traffic only). Some of the better known trails include:

  • Appalachian Trail 18.8 miles are within the park
  • Long Path 25 miles are within the park
  • Pine Meadow Trail, 5.5 miles
  • Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, 21 miles
  • Red Cross Trail, 7.9 miles
  • Seven Hills Trail, 6.7 miles
  • Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail, 23.5 miles
  • Timp-Torne Trail, 11.2 miles
  • Tuxedo-Mt Ivy Trail, 8.2 miles
  • White Bar Trail, 7.4 miles

In addition to the hiking trails there are a number of horse trails in the southeastern portion of the park and a mountain bike trail at the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area in the northeast of the park. In winter some of the trails are open for cross-country skiing.  This is a very popular state park.

Check out the The Long Path Guide for more on hiking the Long Path.  For more information on hiking on the Appalachian Trail, check out Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States - Maryland Pennsylvania New Jersey New York and Appalachian Trail Guide to New York-New Jersey

Also check out Harriman Trails: A Guide and History10 Hikes in Harriman Park and Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails for more info on the hiking trails in the park.

Here are some of the popular hikes located in Harriman & Bear Mountain State Parks from the NY-NJ Trail Conference website:

The park is split up by seven different section.  Below are those seven sections with links to the NY State Park website.

For more information on this beautiful state park check out the NY State Park website.

 
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