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Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain

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  • Beautiful park where you can hike, walk, fish, ride your bike or motorbike, row your boat or just take amazing pictures. Lots of deers and all green in summer. In winter take care of the ice in the ro...  more »
  • Really nice easy hike to a beautiful lake in Harriman State park. We took a trail from a parking lot across from Lake Sebago which passed along a couple of streams.  more »
  • Few people know that within one hour of NYC there are abandoned mines that have returned to nature. They range from adits to cliff faces, exploratory pits to trenches. A few are large enough you can d...  more »
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  • I’ve still not seen all there is to see in Harriman, and I probably don’t have enough time in my life to accomplish that - but it’s an awesome place for us New Jerseyians looking for a not-so-far roadtrip. If you’re a hiker, this is a great spot for you. With so many trails offering something different with each (brooks, caves, mines, huge lakes, etc.) you’ll find a new adventure each time you head out. From my experiences so far, trails are clearly marked and range from easy to difficult (again, something for every hiker). I usually run into a few hikers along the path, but I’ve never found it to be crowded. Then again, Harriman State Park covers 47,000 acres - so if you’re looking to spend some time away from people, this might be the place for you. There are multiple parking sites and simple directions into and out of the park. Make sure to charge your cellphone and pack extra water - it’s fairly easy to wander off for miles at a time without a care and suddenly find yourself racing a setting sun (spoken from experience). For day hikes or camp outs, check out Harriman State Park.
  • Beautiful and not far outside the city for a nice day hike. Get there early for a parking spot.
  • Horrible place to camp... the park rangers and police patrolling this park are complete cretins, rude, uncourteous, and disrespectful. They treat you like criminals even for the most minor of offenses and they lie. They creeped up on us while we were at our secluded little camp site minding our own business, ticketed us, and lied about a so called "announcement" made earlier about camping being prohibited in the area. They claimed I heard the announcement when I didn't, changing everything I said to them while they were interrogating me as if I were a criminal. I will never go to this place ever again.. not even for a damn hike. Screw this park, screw the rangers and police assholes. The police man who ticketed us goes by the name "Bombino R".
  • I love Harriman State Park, best place to go if you are in road biking, good beaches and many trails. I moved away and have not been there for years, I recently had the chance to drive through and all the memories I had, all came back. I wanted to move back just so I could go to the park. Come here and make your own memories.
  • I would strongly suggest reading up on trail marking before setting off. I've never really done much hiking where the path wasn't clearly cut out from surrounding vegetation and this was a huge learning experience. We set off from the Tuxedo NJT station. It's important to know the distinction between one, two, and three markers before you come out. We were planning on following the red trail to the Dutch Doctor lean to but not knowing their was a red bar and a red dot trail we ended up heading towards the Tom Jones lean to. When we got to the shelter there were 2 other groups there. We set up camp, gathered firewood, and had a great night under the stars. The area was very clean and the view was amazing. On the way back we stopped by the dutch doctor which had some trash around it and wasn't anywhere near as nice. The trails were beautiful and once we figured out how to navigate them we had no trouble.