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
3 days 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.

Lovely hike. We did what other reviewers suggested: white to blue to orange to red. The scramble up at the beginning of the blue portion was definitely a challenge (I’m in reasonably good shape for my 51 years) but fun. I’m glad we went UP for that scramble; going down would have been a bit much for me. Overall really nice way to spend 3-4 hours, with some majestic views. The trail blazes can be a bit difficult to locate, so be on the lookout for those.

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.

Great for beginners and not too crowded yet enough people on the red trail to not worry about getting lost. Took me 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the lake and just 1 hour back down. Bathrooms and ice cream vending machine at the trail head/visitors center a definate stop on the way back to your car. Next time will go slower to enjoy more of the scenery and take pictures along the route. All in all be ready for a great afternoon of cardio work on your way up.

hiking
19 days ago

Not sure who did the “loop” bc the map listed is incorrect. The trail ends at St John’s road which is about 1.4miles one way-there are no longer any trail markings and you have to turn back. Ranger said the map is not accurate via the app.

So technically the hike is ~2.8miles but this is NOT a loop. This is there and back hike. Very woody, wear strong bug spray, I did but still got bit all over. Easy markings for the actual trail. Not much to see, just woods.

This trail should be characterized as hard, not moderate. Halfway through, red path markings nonexistent.

hiking
26 days ago

The views of at the top were very nice. There was one point with a rock scramble which was fun and slightly challenging. Although walking along the creek was enjoyable, I did not see any waterfalls. I would do this again if I only had a few hours (took me ~2 hours), otherwise I'd to extend it a bit longer and go to one of the lakes.

Did a modified version of this hike. Sort of a figure 8 on a lollipop: Ramapo-Dunderberg over Black Rock Mountain to Hogencamp Mountain, then caught the Long Path at Times Square to Dunning. Followed that all the way to White Bar and then back up Durian to Black Rock Mountain, back down Ramapo-Dunderberg and out back to my car. Had to park a 1/4 mile west on Kanawauke Road since the parking area near the R-D trailhead was packed. Some great views from Black Rock and Hogencamp Mountains, lots of nice slab walking, some shady forest areas, big glacial rocks and abandoned mines. The boulder tunnel at Cape Horn on the Long Path was a fun surprise. The push back up Nurian to Black Rock Mountain at the end had me sucking some air. Only downside of this part of Harriman: motorcyclists who use Kanawauke Road as their personal speedway. Apart from the noise (which is only really noticeable at the start and end of the hike), it's a danger to hikers walking along the road and people getting in and out of parking areas.

About 8.5 miles round trip.

make sure to bring a map and stay on track. it can definitely get confusing at times. amazing views and wildlife everywhere. very peaceful and challenging at times.

hiking
1 month ago

Good morning hike!

Awesome hike. Unfortunately the All Trails app was ABSOLUTELY useless. My location kept bouncing back to the physical location of the cellular towers and not my location on the trail. Luckily Google Maps worked and I was able to navigate.

hiking
1 month ago

At .8 mile crossed over to the left side of the creek. As the right side is a two lane rocky path the left side is unattended. Marks at the beginning and that is it for about .5 miles. It a rock scrabble. It was hard. AllTrails was a great help. This was s beautiful hike. Mostly shade.

This trail is a hidden gem! Great for the moderate hiker with a steady incline, easy rock climbing and multiple stream crossings. We lucked out on the weather and caught a breathtaking view of the NYC skyline. So beautiful and a well kept secret! Let's keep it that way!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, takes a little over an hour to do the loop at a reasonable pace. The trail markings are clear, so it is easy to make your way around. Good terrain changes to keep it interesting with lakes / rivers / rocks to take in as you go. Really good for beginners!

A really nice trail with a lot of variety: a woodsy walk along the creek that opens up to a lovely lake (lots of people swimming, though they're not supposed to), then a slightly more strenuous hike up Diamond Mountain, where you quickly get enough elevation to have really nice views. Warning, though: the Blue Trail down is steep, sometimes challenging (I had a 9-year-old with me), requires good footwear, and it's not always clearly marked.

Pretty challenging long hike. Couple of points you got some nice views. Cool lake area and couple of spots it looks like you can camp out at as well. Noticed some campers left some garbage behind which was disappointing to see. Otherwise awesome, beautiful and peaceful trail.

Great hike on a really hot day. I’ll do it again in fall.

Great trail if you prefer alone time. Only missed a couple of markers & had to double back due to tree blowdown. Rugged terrain in that there were many areas with jutting rocks & roots, but was a great hike nonetheless. Several areas required navigating running water but it had just rained heavily in the days prior. Would definitely hike here again.

Loved that it wasn’t crowded. Esp for A Saturday :) Serene afternoon day hike #twothumbsup☮️

hiking
1 month ago

Honestly, I didn't expect too much from this hike but I was pleasantly surprised. There were a couple of hiccups though, about a quarter of the way through the hike there was about a 20 ft stretch of water about 3 feet deep. Had to cut underneath the lake and then did the hike coming from the opposite way. The lemon squeeze was unexpected and fun and the little peak at the top is a nice place to take a rest and enjoy some snacks. Overall the hike was very fulfilling, ended up doing 10 miles overall because of the back tracking and wandering off the trail hear and there. Definitely would recommend for a weekend day hike if you are moderately athletic.

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.

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.

We enjoyed it. Did with 2 children - 7 and 4 yrs old - and a small dog. The dog needed to be carried in a backpack for the Blue part of the trail and 4 yr old was exhausted by the end. Took us 4 hours. I recommend doing in reverse so you do the steep part up (white) in the beginning and go UP the rock scramble (blue), not down. Note when you switch to the orange trail from blue it's not well marked. We had to guess based on the map and go down a ways to see the marker.

Perfect outing with two adventurous, athletic kids. It was a long walk for the 8yo, but she didn’t get overtired until the very end. All the rock-scrambling and waterfalls kept her happily engaged. We did it clockwise and took out time, stopping to snack a few times and wander off trail a bit. It was about a 3.5 hour endeavor. Highly recommend!

Truly a joy of a trail to hike! Features a great variety in the terrain with some decent vert to boot. As others have noted, the trail is really flooded. With recent rain fall there’s probably 1.5 feet of standing water. On the bright side, some trail maintenance folks were out clearing the downed trees! (7/27). If you still want to do the loop, works as an out and back or you can put together a fun lollipop with the other trials in the area.

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