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Harriman State Park
Copyright: New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Harriman State Park
Description - Located just 30 minutes north of New York City, this popular park is the state's second largest. It offers 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, three beaches, two public camping areas, a network of group camps, miles of streams and scenic roads, and scores of wildlife species, vistas and vantage points. The park is easily accessed from the Palisades Parkway.

Attractions - Harriman State Park's 52,000 acres are located in Rockland and Orange counties. As state's second-largest park in the parks system, it has 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, three beaches, two public camping areas, a network of group camps, miles of streams and scenic roads, and scores of wildlife species, vistas and vantage points. Harriman State Park's major facilities include Lakes Welch, Sebago, Tiorati and Silvermine, the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Sebago Cabins and Beaver Pond Campgrounds. Equally as nice but a 10th the size in acreage is the adjacent Bear Mountain State Park.

Recreation - Harriman State Park offers numerous bridle paths, hiking trails, fishing opportunities, picnicking and cross-country skiing. Cartop boat launch available.

Climate - The Harriman area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. The central Catskills receive the highest precipitation.

Location - Harriman State Park is located along the Palisades Parkway, 30 miles north of New York City. A map is available above.


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Filed By: Scott Klaben
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a great park. I take my dog out there almost every weekend and there is much more to the woods than what you see from the road or on the website. This park is full of trails and they're all really different. A couple times each year we hike out to one of the old shelters and spend the night and it's better than staying in a campground. Really great. If you get lost or think you'll get lost you're probably right because there are so many trails. Make sure you have a map of the trails before you go out, there's one you can get online at www.nynjtc.org or the other is at http://www.myharriman.com for the free map. Both are good. Believe me I've been hiking at Harriman for many years and still I don't think I'd go out without the map. One change though is that there are now only two beaches because one of them is closed permanently.

Filed By: JB
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A VERY LARGE PARK EASY TO GET LOST IN IF YOU WANDER OFF THE TRAILS. I WAS LOST FOR THREE DAYS AND RAN FROM MANY BEAR. WANDERED UPON A FEW CEMETERIES AND A BUNRT HOUSE. VERY SCARY AT NIGHT

Filed By: K.G. (Queens, NY)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a beautiful park, so close to the city. The lakes (for swimming) tend to get a little crowded on weekends, but if you have ever been to Jones Beach - this is nothing. If looking to picnic near the swimming areas - get there early or you will not get a table. If you like deer - enter or exit the park at dusk, and you will see planty ! My family counted over 30 on our last trip - some just next to our car. Had my sons last birthday party there - grabbed some friend and had a BBQ - they played baseball and football all day, threw some rocks into the lake. That was April, we saw maybe 10 people all day. Definitely worth the trip.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: amazing scenery, some difficult climbs, green blazes are sometimes difficult to spot.


More Information

Contact Information:
Harriman State Park, Palisades Interstate Park Commission , Bear Mountain, NY, 10911, Phone: 845-786-2710

Additional Information:
Appalachian Trail - New York - The Appalachian Trail is a footpath of more than 2,150 miles with approximately 88 miles traveling through New York. The trail extends from Mount Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia.
New York Lakes and Rivers -
New York State Parks - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation offers 152 parks, 35 historic sites and 27 golf courses for all tastes, ages and abilities.
Palisades / Catskill Travel Region - Located in southern New York, the Palisades / Catskill Travel Region offers spectacular scenery and countless outdoor opportunities.

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New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation - Official agency Website

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