Sterling Forest State Park comprises 21,935.08 acres of nearly pristine natural refuge amidst of one of the nation's most densely populated areas, a remarkable piece of woodland, a watershed for millions, and a tremendous outdoor recreation area. This unbroken deep-forest habitat is important for the survival of many resident and migratory species, including black bear, a variety of hawks and songbirds and many rare invertebrates and plants. Hunting, fishing and hiking opportunities are available. To help disseminate knowledge about Sterling Forest's environment and history, the commission built the US Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Visitor Center. The visitor center overlooking Sterling Lake features exhibits about the local environment as well as an auditorium for related presentations.
Great hike but a little short if you tend to move quick on a trail. Sweet view from the fire tower and some interesting iron mine history. Lots of trails in this park so be sure to hit the visitor center and see a light up map to plan your next hike.
This is a nice hike some great views of the lakes. It can be a little tough for newer hikers. There are a couple places where you go on a steep incline. I thought there were some nice rock scrambles going up. The fire Tower was great to be up on and had amazing views. Would recommend to other hikers.