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Sterling Forest State Park comprises 21,935.08 acres of nearly pristine natural refuge amidst of one of the nation's most densely populated areas, a remarkable piece of woodland, a watershed for millions, and a tremendous outdoor recreation area. This unbroken deep-forest habitat is important for the survival of many resident and migratory species, including black bear, a variety of hawks and songbirds and many rare invertebrates and plants. Hunting, fishing and hiking opportunities are available. To help disseminate knowledge about Sterling Forest's environment and history, the commission built the US Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Visitor Center. The visitor center overlooking Sterling Lake features exhibits about the local environment as well as an auditorium for related presentations.

The reason no one checks in on this trail is because you lose service after a mile or so out. The mileage is incorrect. This trail is 5.9 miles according to both the Sterling Forest trail map (available in Visitor's Center) and my Garmin watch. We did it in 2 hours. While the trail is easy, as indicated, you would do well to wear good hiking boots and long pants. Much of the trail is on old roadbeds, but there are some swampy areas, rocky ascents/descents and even a section that is poorly, if at all maintained, and you'll feel like you're bushwhacking. Overall, a nice hike (secluded too...we encountered few people) in a beautiful park that is often overlooked for the more crowded, nearby Harriman State Park.

Good hike overall, some cool old relics. Heads up, I did encounter a black bear. Easily scared him away.

Nice trail. Good for all skill levels.

Well maintained tail.
Staff of visiter center are very kind and skilled. There are many trails from here.

hiking
1 month ago

Use a four wheeler to get to trail head. Road is real bad on a car. Trail was over grown and easy to get lost

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with lots to see - beautiful Visitor Center, Iron mining historic district (pickup brochure at Visitor Center), vista over Greenwood Lake and Fire Tower to climb. Also has a fun scramble just before the Fire Tower up the side of the rocky hill. Hike took about 5 hours including stops.

hiking
2 months ago

nice trail, easy walk.

I didn't see some of the things other people saw I wish I did but the lake was very pretty and the views were beautiful

I believe this is the same hike as "Bare Rock Ramble." Make a right onto BLUE trail from visitor's center, catch the ORANGE, then loop to RED/WHITE and cut back to visitor's center on RED TRIANGLE. Great hike, especially being so close to the city. It is mostly flat except for few steep parts. Highlights are the panoramic vista over the Greenwood lake and the firetower.