Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo Park

#116 of 149 in Nature in New York State
Sterling Forest State Park is a 21,935.08 acre (88.7 km2) park located in the Ramapo Mountains in Orange County, New York established in 1998; it is among the larger additions to the New York state park system in the last 50 years. Its forest habitat is important for the survival of several species, including black bear and fox, timber rattlesnakes, a variety of raptors and songbirds and many rare invertebrates and plants. Hunting, fishing (including ice fishing), hiking and snowshoeing opportunities are available. The Forest is embedded in a larger area of over 100000acre of largely uninterrupted woodland that serves both as a wildlife corridor and as a watershed for nearby urban areas.The parkland was originally owned by the Sterling Iron Works, which mined and shipped iron ore from a number of sites within the park. The last of the mines were closed in the 1920s.In 2000 a 575acre tract in the center of the forest came on the market. A developer planned to construct large, expensive houses on the tract. Local residents and concerned environmentalists, including the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference, rallied and were able to procure the tract for the State Park.The park lies in the New York - New Jersey Highlands, a one million-acre (4000 km2) stretch of natural habitat from the Hudson to the Delaware River that links the Abram S. Hewitt State Park in New Jersey with Harriman State Park in New York. The park conserves a part of the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion. It also protects the Appalachian Trail corridor, which crosses the northern portion of Sterling Forest. The park is administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. The Appalachian Trail in Sterling Forest is maintained by the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference.
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  • Sterling Forest State Park is a beautiful Park with an awesome lake. You can see all kind of birds, even some who are just in this area. The park is clean and neat, but not overly organized. Good adve...  more »
  • Spent a little time at the Visitors' Center. It has a lot of historical and interesting geological facts about the area. There are clean, ample bathrooms for use. The small gift shop enables visitors ...  more »
  • This is a stunning park circumventing a beautiful lake. It is worth the hike and time!! Be careful of ticks and be sure to check out the visitor center. It is a great place to spend a day!!!  more »

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