Explore the most popular birding trails in Harriman State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Challenging but do-able for a 50-something amateur and a 9-year old. There are some great views along the way, notably from Fingerboard Mountain, that are even better once leaves are off the trees. You walk by an interesting old mine, and also two gorgeous wetlands with very tall grasses. A couple of spots where the trail marks could be better (see our notes on our recording to see where those were), and some brief stretches of muddy, wet path. But otherwise: highly recommended

hiking
6 days ago

A bit challenging for kids and beginners but really a nice trail for the family. We started along the green blazed long path and both kids (2 and 4 yo) did the first mile on their two feet. That took about 2 hours, so then the little one went up in the carrier and we continued on to the yellow then white with red triangle trails to complete the approx 3 mile loop. The 4 year old did the whole thing with a couple tough spots but she loved it. It took us a little less than 4 hours. We only stopped a few minutes here and there for water or a quick lunch. A couple relatively challenging stream crossings (for little legs) and a nice spot where the yellow meets the white/red triangle trails with some little waterfalls. I am glad we did it clockwise- the more challenging and rockier parts seemed to be in the first mile and on fresh legs. The yellow trail is wider and white with red triangle more rolling hills. All made for a really nice day hike from Long Island.

Thank you below to La Gattons. We navigated around the flooded section to the left like you mentioned and it helped immensely! When you get to that flooded part, go left of that area and through the woods and up some slight hills. You'll start seeing some pink and blue ribbons, follow those until you start seeing the red and white markers and you can follow those all the way back to the parking lot. We did the white markers all the way until they merged with the red and white. If you do white to red and white the whole way it's a big loop and that will get you back to the elk parking lot trailhead. All in all a great hike, awesome lake, beautiful scenery throughout. My gf and I thought it was mostly pretty easy to moderate, but we do hike a lot. Not too challenging.

this is a ez and beautiful hike!

Worst trail I ever did . Got lost multiple times

Hardly any markings to keep you on the right path. Very easy to get lost. Not a good trail at all.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike but don't take it without a map. Easy to get lost, not hard but long. Breathtaking views and nice changes to vegetation and rocks during the hike. Bring water, you'll need it. The last section was flooded, but if you turn left you can make it and be back at the parking lot.

A gorgeous route! I almost exactly followed this route (with a little detour through the woods to get around some flooding!) and it was 8.5 miles. Took me 3 hours at quite a fast pace.

Absolutely beautiful the whole way around - the fall colors right now are spectacular. (October 24). I went mid week and almost had the place to myself. I want to go back in summer and swim in the pristine pond (which is more lake in size).

This hike is moderate to hard. There are some steep bits but apart from the beginning, the climbs aren’t long - there’s plenty of flat & downhill too. Most of the hike is in the trees - until you get up on top which is enormous bare rocks speckled with alpine plants. Really lovely view up there - well worth the climb.

Highly recommend the Lemon Squeezer!

You definitely need this app to follow the route - I needed to follow it most of the way around which wasn’t ideal as I need both hands to balance on the rocky terrain. Certainly if you’re doing this route at pace and may miss the signing which inconsistent and in fall there are leaves underfoot covering the paths.

Tips: wear footwear with lots of grip - there is a lot of rock which would be slippery when wet. I’d also recommend hiking boots more than trail shoes, as you have much needed ankle support as the paths are rather uneven.

See my recorded route for the detour around the flooding. It’s roughly in between Island Pond and Lake Stahahe - very close to Green Pond. It does involve a scramble over some big rocks, but pretty fun! I recommend going clockwise so this part is the last leg of your route. Leave spare shoes and socks in the car in case your feet get wet.

The 4 stars is only relative to the best hikes I’ve ever done in more dramatic surroundings in Maine, Utah & California. Still a great hike. So wonderful to have beautiful country just 90mins from Brooklyn - I will be back!

This is one of my favorite trails in Harriman! Great views from multiple peaks.

hiking
27 days ago

The trails were great, the view was amazing and we enjoyed climbing the rocks. It added some cardio into our hike.

Fun trail! A piece is still under water but you can get around it in the forest - just detour around and then back to the trail. Took 3:45 at a leisurely pace, a good one for the area!

Excellent hike, followed blue up and white down. Trail adequately marked though I wish I had a map to ensure I was making the full loop. Had to help my agile pup up the scrambles a few times, otherwise he was good on his own. Views are definitely worth the hike.

Great trail easy to add onto, many streams, not a ton of elevation, only a couple good viewpoints. We added on by taking the white trail back to the red trail. Would Definitely recommend.

Awesome view at under 1 mile. A nice moderate climb to the peak of Almost perpendicular. Some rock scrambles and a few streams. Definitely one of my favorites.

hiking
1 month ago

FYI- Arden Surebridge trail section before you get to island pond unnamed trail is completely underwater due to beaver activity, about 120ft of trail is under 2ft of water!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with variety of terrain and some interesting and challenging points along the way.

I love this hike. It’s two loops but there’s lots of opportunities to make it longer (or shorter). What I like most is the variety of terrain - nice forest walking, scrambling over some rocks, great views, stream crossing etc.

Great hike, lots of variety. A lot of people during the AT portion.

Avoided the Arden - Surebridge (R) trail because people have said it was flooded (SW of Island pond). Instead, we continued on the Dunning trail (Y/W) and connected to the Stahahe Brook trail (R). The Stahahe trail doesn’t appear in the app.

Great all around hike that has it all. Not too challenging, but would be a good hike for any moderate to expert hiker.

The terrain is varied and you will have a lot of rocks to step on so make sure to wear proper boots.

Will hike it again!

part of the trail was flooded, had to go around through the woods

lovely hike! went with my brother and two doggies :) definitely keep your dogs leashed, as this trail is busy on weekends & nearly every group we saw had a dog with them. great day hike, we added about 1 mile on the lichen trail for views of island pond!

trail running
1 month ago

We took our Vizsla here today and hiked the red to pine meadow lake and around to Conklin cemetery and back down the red trail. We went for a swim, first day of fall and likely the last swim until next year. Interestingly, all signs say no camping no swimming, but everyone was camping and swimming. How can you resist that water? Heavy traffic go earlier to avoid groups of kids and people. Dogs on and off leash depending on skill level and friendliness. I’m going to return and hike some of the other trails in the park.

23 Miles, not 21. Beautiful and quite strenuous hike. Terrain is diverse, water is abundant along the entire trails. I did it North to South.

hiking
1 month ago

What an amazing hike! Absolutely stunning views, and such a great range of terrain & elevation. The views of island pond are especially breathtaking. However, I deducted a star for a few reasons: First, this hike is NOT seven miles. My mother and I both measured the distance, and it came out to about 12 miles in total. Also, really keep track of what trail you should be following - it changes abruptly at times. We followed: white to green at times square, then to blue on white, then red on white, then yellow, then to a trail that had no markings until the parking sign. The main thing that threw a wrench in our hike was the 35 feet of standing water in the last mile and a half of the hike. We were stuck with another two hikers and could not find anyway around this water (even hiked >50 feet away from the trail). We ended up wading through water that was mid thigh-high for me (I’m 5’9”). All in all, I think it’s a rewarding hike if you take adequate breaks and plan for distance & weather!

Great trail, one of my favorite hikes in the region. Went up through Claudius Smith Rock and up to the fire tower and back down.

There are snakes...

This hike has a lot of variety compared to easy/beginner hikes. I would recommend this as a hike to transition into moderate hikes. The environment isn't as overwhelmingly desolate or scary as national park trails. Not many people passing through, saw maybe 4-5 pairs of people, both only very briefly at the beginning/end of the hike.

nice quiet hike. the lake was so relaxing. but I must say I heard a rattle snake. and on the hike back actually encountered and almost stepped on an adult timer rattle snake. watch out. my kids and dogs were unharmed, u think the snake was in a trace. we were lucky.

Pretty nice hike. most of the inclines are gradual enough to be pretty simple and the steep sections are brief. a lot of good views, you can hit 6 peaks on one hike if you feel like making a day of it. Most trails are fairly easy going. some areas are a bit trickier and you may need to squeeze or scramble in some areas. Overall a good day hike.

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