Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

snowshoeing
1 month 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

hiking
2 months ago

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

Road to trailhead is rough... good work out... rocky in spots... views are nice... you're by the road for a bit which lowered the peaceful factor ... still an enjoyable time in the woods

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.

hiking
8 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.

Nice trail. Good for all skill levels.

hiking
9 months 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

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
10 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

hiking
Sunday, January 22, 2017

The trail is so peaceful and you are gonna have a very good time. In my opinion it is a moderate trail.
I would recommend you follow the trail signs and not the app's map.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

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

hiking
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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