Explore the most popular forest trails in Sterling Forest 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.

11 days ago

I would call this more of a moderate trail. Not great for kids under 10. There is a fairly steep climb at the beginning - after all, you’ve got to get to the top of a hill where they put a fire tower. It’s almost completely free-covered, with only one scenic view other than the tower.

2 months ago

Nice hike.. be careful with the many different trails nearby, the visitor center told us it’s easy to go off the trail route onto another trail. The day we went it was overcast. And there were many little flys at the fire tower and in the backwoods. So bring bug spray. The view was nice on the trail to the fire tower at a spot. The trail was easy. Just loose rocks at some spots. We hiked it on May 6th 2018. At the fire tower next to the ranger cabin is a mailbox, don’t forget to write in the logbook! It was a nice time!

2 months ago

breathing views

4 months ago

24 inches of snow made this a challenging hike but was fun and not to long to do. With a firetower at the top with some ok views I would recommend

5 months ago

Not very strenuous. Fairly flat through most sections. Great views off the lake.

We were told now it’s hunting season, better avoid this trail, instead, we took the suggestion and hiked on bare rock ramble loop trail, similar distance as this one, it’s a good hike . You can get a map from visitor center, the trails are well marked.

Bare rock was well worth the trip, but the rest of the loop was not. Top of the fire tower is rotting so you cant climb it. I recommend going from the lake to bare rock and back. Worth a trip if its not far from you, but there's much better trails in Harriman state park

Great hike with decent incline Go right at the loop to avoid going down the boulders. Mostly in the woods. Definitely go see the lookout. It's the only view of the water.

Nice trail. Great view of the lake down below. Good cardio.

9.1 miles and 1900 feet according to my Samsung Health app, including a short walk on the mining history trail. mostly fairly easy in terms of elevation. Go counterclockwise so you can go up the rock scramble leading to the fire tower. There were only a few others on this trail on a cloudy Saturday afternoon.

10 months ago

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.

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

11 months ago

Monday, June 19, 2017

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.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

nice trail, easy walk.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Saturday, September 24, 2016

great day!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

nice trail but you have to hike on the main road for a bit.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Great hike but a little short if you tend to move quick on a trail. Sweet view from the fire tower and some interesting iron mine history. Lots of trails in this park so be sure to hit the visitor center and see a light up map to plan your next hike.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

This is a nice hike some great views of the lakes. It can be a little tough for newer hikers. There are a couple places where you go on a steep incline. I thought there were some nice rock scrambles going up. The fire Tower was great to be up on and had amazing views. Would recommend to other hikers.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Did the Indian Hills loop. Nice hike and soe really good views...You can see the furnace from Orange Turnpike so you may just wan to stay on the yellow trail. Trails marked well.

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