Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo Park

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#138 of 229 in Nature in New York State
Sterling Forest State Park is a 19132acre state 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.HistoryThe 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.The park was established in 1998 after New York State paid $55 million for 15280acre of land using a combination of public and private funds. In 2000, the park was expanded after a 575acre tract in the center of the forest came on the market. Although a developer had planned to construct luxury homes and an 18-hole golf course on the tract, local residents and concerned environmentalists rallied and were able to procure the tract for the state park. The final $13.5 million sale price was negotiated by The Trust for Public Land, and paid out of the state's Environmental Protection Fund.Park description and facilitiesThe park's forest habitat is important for the survival of several species, including timber rattlesnakes, black bear, fox, various raptors and songbirds, and many rare invertebrates and plants. Hunting, fishing, 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.
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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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  • An enchanting place during the Renaissance Fair. Lots of great shows and fun things to do, and people in costume make the day. Kids love it, and be sure to dress for the times and have a giant turkey leg.
  • We loved hiking at this park. Beautiful views & nice trails. It is also very close to the World Headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which we toured while on this trip. It is a very nice tour!
  • The Renaissance Faire is such a great family event. I went with my mother, it was a fun filled day. The Faire has different story lines each weekend. We went on the pirates weekend, you probably noticed that from my photos. Anyways I visited a few of the different shops and stages. Loved the performances. The Jousting was my favorite part of the Faire. It was very entertaining. I was on (Maximilian’s team) ❤️ The fairy forest was lovely, I even considered dressing as a fairy for my next visit. But we’ll see, lol. I know I’d love to visit again.
  • The NYRF is here and being raised around it, ive met wonderful people there and have had so much fun there
  • They have a great Ren Fest.. If you are into Renaissance Festivals this is one not to miss.
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