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.

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

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

This Hike was OK, got really crowded by the shelter and the road walking at the end isnt so great since people fly down the street. The lake was very nice especially with the fall colors. Not many views unless you add in the short spur to Black Mountain which I highly recommend you do, adds about 250ft of extra elevation gain to your total hike but you get to a very nice lookout point and also get to summit a MTN which also has amazing views of the Hudson on top. PS Trail is very rocky in some spots so make sure you have a good pair of boots.

Really Beautiful. The only reason I give it 4 stars is because at night there isn't enough yellow reflective patch on the trees to navigate out towards the parking lot. It was a bit difficult, but with my offline map, the grace of God, instinct, cellphone lights and the help of our friend Charles, we were able to navigate back to the Parking lot after dark.

Such a fun experience. If you are novice, you will be able to do this trail. Make sure you start in the morning and give yourself extra time.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful hike!! I am planning to do it again. So bad I didn’t have this app when I hiked for the first time.

1928 Lookout tower is in very fair shape. Recommended. Pretty busy up top by the shelter, but beautiful views.

Very pretty trail - lots of great look at points. Watch your markers -

Great hike, moderate trail. Bring your cardio game!! Beautiful lake view...

Not a bad hike. Some short climbs but not too strenuous. Trail markers could have been better marked. Also, the area around the trailhead was completely overwhelmed with broken bottles and trash. To people who litter and have no respect for the outdoors: do us all a favor and stay off the trails!

Don’t forget to stop by 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.

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.

Pretty but can hear highway noise for a while, goes up 650 ft, then ambles down to nice pond for a dip. We did it when humid and super hot- 2 hours with time to dip.

best during spring, during the summer fitzgerald falls is nothing but a trickle. overall a good hike that ive done several times.

Summer Time Day Hike:

Complexity: Hard
Terrain: Rocky and flatland - Have to climb couple of mountains. Pretty challenging for first 10 miles with few elevations but rest was downhill most of the time
Trekking Pole: I did that without a hiking pole. It might help as its long.
Foot Wear: Better wear something with good grip, the rain makes the rocks slippery. Lot of protection needed for your toes
Scenic View: Lake was beautiful, you can swim here. Every mile had a scenic view, better take your camera
Trail Markers: Trail markers are easy to locate but as this is a combination of lot of trail. My GPS watach went choppy because of tall trees, So take a map.
Parking: Enough parking for 10 cars at harrison state park visitor area. You can even park on the road. Vistor area has restrooms
Permit: No fees
Animal Encounter: Seen couple of deers running around
Overall timing: I completed in 9.5 hours at 2.4 mph with lots of photo breaks. Start early to do day hike
Streams : As there was lot of summer rain, i could see lots of steams. Plenty of water
Traffic: Saw lots of hikers heading to the lake which is in the first few miles
Campsites: Lots of dispersed camp sites around the lake, I even saw people fishing
Pet: Take plenty of water, its will be very tiresome for your little one.

camping
3 months ago

For a rookie, it was easy to follow the trail with a map, very well marked. Some challenging uphill terrain, but plenty of opportunities to rest. Stopped at Tom Jones coming from Tuxedo train station.

Went backpacking to the shelter on big hill this weekend. It was great for last minute plans. Beware- July/August are rattlesnake mating season and there were two HUGE timber rattlers ~25 ft from our campsite! One of them has a den at the top, which we saw it go into for the evening. Very cool experience!

Pretty good trail, not too difficult. Make sure to have good boots, the terrain is pretty rocky. Also watch out for rattlesnakes.

A nice trail. Not very crowded pretty forest. The trail is Rocky I suggest good shoes. Enjoyable afternoon. Even though it was hot trail was pretty much in shade and stayed relatively cool. We went up on yellow about 1.8 miles up the trail is a lento. right after the lento you need to make a left on trail white. I missed that marker and continued on yellow for but about a quarter-mile. I needed to retrace my step but not before I found a beautiful large untouched ripe blueberry patch.

Great trail to hike. Done it now about 4 times in both directions. Love the fact that it’s mostly in the shade.

backpacking
4 months ago

Heavily trafficked in the first few miles, complete solitude from mile 4 on. Good range, starts east/moderate, the yellow square trail jumps significantly in difficulty and is much less traveled. Good scenery, not much of a view. Bring lots of water, this is a long hike!

Red square > Yellow Square > White Square > Red Line > back to Red Square

Hiked the portion of this trail from the parking area at Gate Hill Road up to just past Pine Mountain, then cut up the 1779 trail to the bike trails then up to Anthony Wayne, where we had parked another car. The original plan was to continue over one more peak on Suffern-Bear Mountain, but the heat got the better of us. Highlight by far is the challenging climb up Pyngyp right after you cross east of the Palisades Parkway. Short, steep and not for the faint of heart. Some nice views back toward Haverstraw and Stony Point. We could even see the skyline of Manhattan far off in the haze. There are long stretches on this trail that are not too hard, but the ascents are all pretty direct. Good fun.

Extended it over to West Mountain and back in a big loop. Mostly woods hike but nice. There was a Rattlesnake hanging out at the Brien Memorial Shelter. Crossing the Palisades Parkway was a little sketchy.

Very nice work out with exquisite climbing portions and wonderful views

Trail is nice, well maintained, and not heavily trafficked at all. We did the loop as a two-day one-night hike. The trails are well marked, but if you're not paying attention you will wind up missing turns, as we did. Thankfully if you get off the correct trail, you're probably still on a trail, just not the one you want to be on. Course corrections are easy because of that.

Since we missed a turn, we wound up approaching Silver Lake Mine from the southeast, not the northwest as we had anticipated. Something to note that we missed since we came in from the south, there is a picnic shelter, a drink vending machine, and restrooms at the northwest tip of the lake, just where the trail enters / exits the parking lot at Silver Mine Lake. If you want a cold drink bring a couple of dollars, and if you want a place to use the restroom without digging a hole, you're covered in that respect too!

Lovely park with great variety of scenery... from pretty lakes to scenic outlooks. Abundant fauna.. we saw deer, a rattler, a black snake, frogs and black/blue butterflies. Definitely not hard though... more moderate. First section from road to lake heavily trafficked, quiet after that. Slow steady climb. Very lush plateaus and gullies. Flowers were out this time of year and the greenery was intense.

Relaxing loop with some nice uphill and an excellent view from the top of the fire tower! It’s been recently painted and it’s sturdy enough to climb carefully! Saw lots of turtles and frogs on this hike as well. Be careful where you step!

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