Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked with my daughter. As many has said it is an uneven trail. lots of rocks, hills, trees and roots. No real photo opts, then again we didn't finish. We got halfway around then needed to turn back as the sun was going down.

Started at the Bear Mountain Toll House early in the morning. The first part of the Camp Smith trail is very steep in places, with a lot of rock scrambling, but there are a few nice views of the Hudson along the way. It's not as well traveled as the latter part of the trail leading up to Anthony's Nose, and there were a couple of times when it was a bit of a challenge to find the blue markings. After you hit the parking area closer to Anthony's Nose you are about 2/3 of the way there, but the hardest part is still to come. Lots of rocks on the way up to the peak, with a few scenic overlooks. The view from Anthony's Nose is worth all the effort, however. Just spectacular.

Instant beauty the second you step foot on the trail.

The west/southwest part of this trail is non-existent. Literally. We found it but only because there’s no foliage in the undergrowth. If there were, it’d be unfindable.

You can string together a bunch of good sections - but be warned: you’re not going to do this ‘kite’ loop unless you’re prepared to break out your Sherlock Holmes magnifying glass.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful at this time of the year. Saw a red shouldered hawk with full wing span circling around. We started with white, then yellow and then ended green trail marks at lake skanantati parking. Beautiful forestry with deciduous and evergreens trees and hidden water bodies.

4 days ago

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
10 days 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.

Great 8 mile hike. Varied terrain, nice views at the top. At some points - it was difficult to find the trail markers. This trail loop was accurately rated as moderate. Looking forward to hiking it again.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice walk with a number of little streams to cross (at least in early April). As others have suggested, even though the distance is pretty short, the terrain is uneven so you get a decent calf workout. It certainly felt like more than 3 miles. I also took the triangle to yellow to green route, as a few others have suggested.

Some nice views at different points if you go before the foliage is fully grown in.

Awesome trails!

I used the Waze navigation app to get to the trailhead. Once at the parking lot, there were blazes for two different trails but neither one was marked with the name of the trail. All I could do was pick one and follow it. I never found out what trail I was actually on, though I travelled it for over two hours before turning around.
The trails need some maintenance work. There are trees down across the trail in several places. At times, blazes became difficult to locate. Blazes should be marked more often. I found one nice waterfall from melting snow. I saw three hawks, a blue jay, and a rabbit. All in all, not much to see.

hiking
25 days ago

With diverse landscapes and different levels of difficulty, this trail is not too hard nor too boring. It has gorgeous views of creeks, waterfalls, woods, lake, etc. My boyfriend and I took our dog for a hike on this trail and we had so much fun!

One to avoid when snowy but nice views and varied terrain. Hiked march, the week after a snow storm. Took 4hrs20 (no stops). Phones measured at 8.5miles. Solidly uphill for first hour. Rocky ground + snow throughout made difficult. Lower trails were waterlogged due to melting snow. Many fallen trees on section of long path (green) adjacent to marsh made impassable but possible to skirt around higher up bank.

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail

This is a decent outing trail with no views my personal ranking for this trail is easy to moderate ✌

Access road closed in winter.

Well worth great hiking trail with nice views ⛰

We went with snow and cold even if sunny weather. We got nearly lost at times because we had no maps on us, I only took a picture of a map at the visitor center, but thanks to snow traces of other people on the trails, we found the way. We made a longer loop and it took us nearly 3 hours and a half. I would like to come back in summer too. It was a good hike. Better with a map.

Nice in the winter, only saw a few folks the whole day.

Great hike - strenuous - there was a lot of snow and ice when I went - be prepared and careful treading through ice. We came to a point at the end of the hike where it was a straight path of frozen water and had to maneuver very carefully to finish. Amazing visuals and changes in scenery.

Awesome... on the challenging side but not too crazy... one sketchy spot on seven hills... beautifully peaceful... only one set of tracks besides mine... I went up blue and caught white for the return... deep snow in spots... so worth the extra effort

Lots of steady climbs and views. Snow and ice will make you pay extra attention to your steps. Cool rocks.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, not far from NYC. Beautiful Island Pond is en route.

I love this hike. It has a fair amount of scrambling and the trail itself is rocky. I would suggest ankle support and good traction footwear especially if it is wet. Nice payoff at Anthony's Nose. Beautiful Spot. Good workout.

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.

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