Explore the most popular camping 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.

wow....this was my first longest hike so far, going up and down the hill was difficult but enjoyable. I'm happy to be a part of this hike and achieve a SBM medal for completing 23 miles.

19 days ago

Did the whole 23 miles very strenuous but great mix of everything you want on a trail.

Great loop. Moderate/easy trail. Fire tower was out of commission when I had gone but they were working on it that day so should be good to go up and take a look at a beautiful view.

Did this exact height today. R-D ridgewalk is a favorite. Lots of people and dogs, but certainly not as crowded as Reeves Brook area. Moderate, not difficult

backpacking
1 month ago

Full traverse this weekend, south to north. Great trail. Steep inclines, scrambles, flat and rolling terrain. 3 lean-to's along the way, with Big Hill the halfway point. It is said this is the toughest trail in the park. It was certainly very strenuous in several sections.

hiking
1 month ago

Love it, nice and simple, just got lost at the end...(

Access road closed in winter.

Nice overnight spike camp experience

Good hike. We did white/red middle to Green turn right at Times Square follow green until yellow path again turn right and follow until you see white with red in middle turn left and follow back to start. About 7 miles. This path is nice in all different seasons. Enjoy and be safe.

Great hike. Awesome views. Solid intermediate hike. Great for families and nature lovers. Went on a weekday. Only saw a family and a couple of people. There is a campsite 1.5 miles into the hike. Camped overnight on a prior hike.

Easy to miss trail markers in some areas. Pay attention.
Parts of trail are slippery and steeper then expected especially if you’re carrying a heavy pack. Make sure you have enough water.

I've done this Trail in various sections. some of that I really love some of it I'm not totally thrilled with. recently we did deception from gate Hill to Cats Elbow which is a gorgeous section and very rarely done. I also really like the part between kakiat Park and big hill shelter. the first and last sections are my least favorites I think

Great, hike. I would say moderate over difficult, lots of different terrain but really loved all the rocks. Unfortunately i found the hike too crowded for me, for the weekend, so recommend doing it on the weekdays.

Beautiful! Hiked in from White Bar trail. Heavenly!

The black on white trail was good. it would of been nice if the markers were a littler closer. Overall, it was great

Well marked, clean and clear and bonus of free parking by the preserve. Only did three miles this time but will be returning to go further.

It is a long trail. The elevation is moderate.

beautiful. hard but still family friendly. fun rock faces to scramble up

The 3.5 mile red trail hike to the lake was more of a very good maintained path with a few foot bridges etc, very enjoyable.
I took the yellow trail back which was a fairly exhaustive climb to the top of the mountain, then the blue trail down which made me happy that I wore the right hiking shoes/etc due to the difficulty of some of the descents. I especially loved the blue trail.

Challenging and great views. Up and down peaks!

As an out of towner looking for a difficult hike the challenge left a lot to be desired. Minimal elevation gain, your at low altitude, and the terrain is not technical. There's a couple spots that require taking large steps up or down but no scrambling or anything like that. The bugs were horrific!!! Where I live I don't need bug spray so it never crossed my mind and I mauled by mosquitoes. The views are nice, it's definitely a pretty hike. The trail isn't very worn in and defined, I felt like I was bushwhacking at times. Lots of tree cover so baking in the sun isn't an issue. Please note to park at the trailhead it's $10 cash only per car and this loop does include a short section of walking along a road without a shoulder. Overall not bad, I'd do it again sometime but only after showering in bug spray.

Had a black bear encounter today (Wednesday, July 19th) as I was returning from "The Pines", about 2 miles from the dump-out point long the Palisades Parkway hiker crossing. Halfway down the hill, distracted by my own singing (yes, I was being very loud), I turned my head to the right and no more than 15-20 feet away ( about 3 car lengths), stood a VERY large bear, as this was my first ever bear encounter, I was paralyzed from fear, as this was my first ever encounter with a bear and it's incredibly close proximity to the trail into my eyes (it was instinctual, I'll know not to do that next time) Keep in mind, it seems to be peak blueberry season and the valley I was descending to had an abundant supply for Harriman's berry-loving bears, so the likelihood of bears in that area may be higher this time of year.

Hiked from the parking lot to the Island Pond and it only took an hour. Ran into some AT through hikers which was cool. A few campsites exist next to the pond. It's pretty big. Bring but spray. Saw a non poisonous snake (I think) in the lake. Use a water filter if you decided to drink from it.

great trail. great views. not difficult. some moderately step areas. nothing technical. no scrambling. nothing dangerous. good for the whole family and really any hiker

Really nice variety of flora, beautiful view of the island pond valley

This is an amazing trail

camping
10 months ago

We took this trail from the Tom Jones Shelter to the Tuxedo Train Station. It offered some challenging, but not overly so, terrain with wonderful views. Highly recommend.

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