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 Chester Village Parks | Local and State

10911, Park, Bear Mountain, wooded, hikers, horseback riders, Things to Do, Bridle Path, Hiking Trails / Walking | Orange Goosepond Mountain State Park

845-786-2701 
  Goosepond Mountain State Park, 1558-acres in size, is located in Bear Mountain, NY 10911, Orange County in the Hudson Valley.

Goosepond is managed as 1,558-acres of open space. Almost completely wooded, the park is open to hikers and horseback riders. This park is undeveloped. There are no toilets and there is limited parking. Goosepond Mountain State Park | Orange  website and more . . .
 All Cornwall Listings

 Cornwall Parks | Local and State

field station for scientific research, education, dramatic topography, lakes and streams, Things to Do, Birding, Hiking Paths, Scenic Views, Additional Activities, Hiking Bear Mountain, directions to Black Rock Forest, Cornwall, New York Highlands | Orange Black Rock Forest

 
  Black Rock Forest is a nearly 4000-acre natural living laboratory for field-based scientific research, conservation, and education. The Black Rock Forest Consortium is a unique alliance of colleges and universities, public and independent K-12 schools, and leading scientific and cultural institutions that operates the Black Rock Forest, located 50 miles north of New York City in the Hudson Highlands. Black Rock Forest | Orange  website and more . . .
 All Cornwall-on-Hudson Listings

 Cornwall-on-Hudson Parks | Local and State

Storm King Mountain, Cornwall-On-Hudson, Esty & Hellie Stowell Trailhead, Things to Do, Bird Watching, Hiking and walking trails, Picnicking, Scenic views of Hudson River and Hudson Highlands, birding, hiking, nature study, restaurants in New Paltz | Orange Esty & Hellie Stowell Trailhead Storm King "Scenic Hudson Valley"

845-534-7900 
  Esty & Hellie Stowell Trailhead
Storm King Mountain
Cornwall-On-Hudson, Orange County
Hudson River Valley, New York State


The Esty & Hellie Stowell Trailhead provides access to Storm King Mountain, where Scenic Hudson got its start in the fight to Save the Land that Matters Most. Esty & Hellie Stowell Trailhead Storm King  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Orange  website and more . . .

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Nature trails, Things to Do, Hiking / Walking Trails, Nature Study, Scenic Views, dine at restaurants in Orange County, restaurants in Orange County, New York, Cornwall, Orange County, Hudson River Valley, New York State | Orange Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

845-534-5506 
  Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
Cornwall, Orange County
Hudson River Valley, New York State


"Scenic Hudson originally protected these 178 acres, once part of historic Kenridge Farm. Today 3 miles of trails winding through or along forests, meadows and wetlands enhance activities at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center. There is a universally accessible bird-observation platform, and four interactive trail quests are available to guide wildlife exploration." Hudson Highlands Nature Museum | Orange  website and more . . .
 All Cuddebackville Listings

 Cuddebackville Parks | Local and State

D&H Canal Park, Museum, Neversink River, history, historic canal-era buildings, archaeological history, Things To Do at D&H Canal Park, Biking, Boat Rides, Cross-Country Skiing, Educational programs kids and adults, Fishing, Nature walks, Park, Playground | Orange Neversink Valley Area Museum

845-754-8870 
  The Neversink Valley Area Museum in D & H Canal Park is located in Cuddebackville, NY 12729 in Orange County, along the banks of the Neversink River. The Neversink Valley Area Museum preserves and documents the history of the peoples and industry of the Neversink and Shawangunk valleys of New York's Catskill region.

The Neversink Valley Area Museum occupies historic canal-era buildings in the D & H Canal Park right on the Neversink River. Neversink Valley Area Museum | Orange  website and more . . .
 All Fort Montgomery Listings

 Fort Montgomery Parks | Local and State

photo, Bear Mountain Bridge, photo Popolopen Creek, Hudson River Valley,  Appalachian Trail, bridge, Popolopen Suspension Bridge,  Popolopen Creek Suspension Footbridge,  Hudson River, suspension foot bridge,  Fort Montgomery | Orange Popolopen Creek at Bear Mountain "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Click to enlarge photo of Popolopen Creek from Bear Mountain Bridge.

Click to enlarge photo of Popolopen Creek from the Bear Mountain Bridge The Bear Mountain Bridge offers spectacular views of the Hudson River Valley. The bridge's roadway has eight-foot-wide shoulders for pedestrians and cyclists and incorporates the Maine-to-Georgia Appalachian Trail. Crossing the bridge on foot offers magnificent views, wonderful photo opportunities, and an invigorating walk.

On the walkway facing northeast, you can see 3 bridges from the Bear Mountain Bridge: the Popolopen Suspension Bridge, the Popolopen Creek Suspension Footbridge, and the train tracks. These bridges cross Popolopen Creek. Popolopen Creek at Bear Mountain  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Orange  more . . .
 All Hamptonburgh Listings

 Hamptonburgh Parks | Local and State

10916, Park, Hamptonburgh, Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Things to Do at Blackburne Park, Audubon (birding), Hiking / Walking, Nature Trails, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, 
Snow Tubing | Orange Blackburne Park

845-615-3830 
  Blackburne Park, A 67 acre parcel featuring many structures once used when the site operated as a farm, is located at State Route 416, Hamptonburgh (next to Thomas Bull Memorial Park), NY 10916 in Orange County. Blackburne Park is planned as a future site for an “equine park” that will also offer additional facilities. Blackburne Park | Orange  website and more . . .
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 Middletown Parks | Local and State

State Park, lakes in Orange County, park, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, flying model planes, Things to Do, Bridle Path, Hiking Trails | Orange Highland Lakes State Park

845-786-2701 
  Highland Lakes State Park, 3,115-acres in size, is a park of undeveloped woods and lakes located at 55-223 Tamms Road, Middletown, NY 10941 in Orange County. Visitors use the park for fishing, hiking, horseback riding and flying model planes. The park is undeveloped. There are no toilets and there is limited parking. Highland Lakes State Park | Orange  website and more . . .
 All Mountainville Listings

 Mountainville Parks | Local and State

10953, Art Center, sculpture parks, museum, postwar sculptures, History of Storm King Art Center, museum of the Hudson Valley, large-scale sculptures, Storm King landscape, museum shop, sculptures, current exhibitions, children, a picnic, hiking trails | Orange Storm King Art Center

845-534-3115 
  Storm King Art Center is located at Old Pleasant Hill Road, Mountainville NY 10953, Orange County in the Hudson Valley. "Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years. It is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time."

Click to enlarge photo of Suspended , 1977 by Menashe Kadishman.

Click to enlarge photo of Menashe Kadishman Menashe Kadishman was born in Tel-Aviv in 1932 and is one of the most important Israeli artists of today. He studied sculpting with Moshe Sternschuss (1947 - 1950) and Rudi Lehmann (1954) and then went to London where he enrolled at the St. Martin’s School of Art and Design. Kadishman returned to Israel in 1972 where he was awarded the Dizengoff Prize for sculpture in 1990 and the Israel Prize for sculpture in 1995.
Storm King Art Center | Orange  photos, website and more . . .

State Park, Catskills, Things to Do, Hiking Paths, Walking, Hunting, Scenic Views, Storm King Art Center, outdoor museum, sculpture | Orange Storm King State Park

845-786-2701 
  Storm King State Park offers unsurpassed views of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. The park is undeveloped. There are no toilets and there is limited parking.

The Storm King State Park is located near Storm King Art Center which is an outdoor museum that celebrates the relationship between sculpture and nature. Storm King Art Center comprises 500 pristine acres of carefully maintained fields, hills, and woodlands, on which more than 100 works by major international artists are thoughtfully sited. At Storm King, the exhibition space is defined by sky and land. Visit Storm King Art Center for more information. Storm King State Park | Orange  website and more . . .
 All New Windsor Listings

 New Windsor Parks | Local and State

Orange County, Hudson Valley, trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting, dog training, skiing, snowmobiling, bird watching, fishing, Things to Do, Mountain biking, Hunting & Trapping, Wheelchair Accessible, Winter Activities | Orange Stewart State Forest

845-256-3000 
  Stewart State Forest, 6,700-acres in size, is located in New Windsor, Montgomery, and Newburgh in Orange County, New York. The forest is unique in the northeast and increasingly rare in the Hudson Valley. A mix of wetlands, fields and forest, the site includes 18 miles of gravel roads and more than 22 miles of major trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting, dog training and trials, skiing, snowmobiling, bird watching and fishing. Stewart State Forest | Orange  website and more . . .

Things to Do, Birding, Hiking, Nature Study, Picnicking, local farms in the Hudson Valley, restaurants in Orange County, New York, New Windsor, Orange County, Hudson River Valley, views of the Hudson River and Hudson Highlands, hikers | Orange Stewart State Forest - Snake Hill

 
  Stewart State Forest
New Windsor, Orange County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

Snake Hill is a mountain summit in Orange County in New York State. Snake Hill climbs to 692 feet (210.92 meters) above sea level. Bushwhackers who explore this 500-foot hilltop outside of Newburgh are rewarded with spectacular views of the Hudson River and Hudson Highlands. Stewart State Forest - Snake Hill | Orange  more . . .
 All Newburgh Listings

 Newburgh Parks | Local and State

Park, Historic Places, recreation, Fishing, Orange Mill Historic District, Things to Do at Algonquin Park, Picnic tables, Playground, Playing Fields (ball fields), Scenic Views, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing | Orange Algonquin Park

845-615-3830 
  Algonquin Park, a 41-acre park listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at Powder Mill Road and Route 52, Newburgh, NY 12550 in Orange County. The park offers areas for both passive and active recreation in a historic setting featuring powder mill buildings and remains from the Civil War era. Algonquin Park | Orange  website and more . . .

Newburgh, NY in Orange County, playground equipment, active play for neighborhood children, Things to Do at Audrey Carey Park, Playground for the kids | Orange Audrey Carey Park

845-565-3230 
  Audrey Carey Park, located at 253 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY in Orange County, honors former Mayor Audrey L. Carey, the first African American female mayor of a city in New York State. On June 13, 2006, the park was re-dedicated after the addition of playground equipment and other amenities for active play for neighborhood children. Audrey Carey Park | Orange  website and more . . .

12550, Broadway Park, Downing Vaux Park, Newburgh, NY, views of the river, about Broadway Park, Things to Do at Broadway Park, Read, Relax, Walk around the park, Views of river | Orange Broadway Park - aka Downing Vaux Park

845-565-3230 
  Broadway Park, also known as Downing Vaux Park, is located at Broadway and Colden Street, Newburgh, NY 12550 in Orange County. The park is flanked by open space, with views of the river.

From City of Newburgh: "In 2009, while working on the reconstruction of the former West Shore Railroad Station, owner Ray Yannone of Storm King Building Company, Inc. noticed what he thought was a 'deteriorated staircase' on the other side of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. He took a walk, and soon recognized, without knowing the history, that the stairway was an important connection between the waterfront and Broadway. Mr. Yannone took on the restoration of Broadway Park as a personal mission." Broadway Park - aka Downing Vaux Park | Orange  website and more . . .

Chadwick Lake, Town of Newburgh, Attractions, playground, walking trails, Things to Do, Basketball, Biking, Boating, Boat launch, Bocce, Fishing, Picnic, Playground, Roller Hockey Rink, Roller Rink, Hiking Trail, Ice Skating | Orange Chadwick Lake Park "Ice Skating - Ice Hockey"

845-565-3230 
  Chadwick Lake Park is located immediately to the northwest of Junction NY32 and 300, in the Cronomer Valley section of Newburgh NY 12550, Orange County in the Hudson River Valley.

From City of Newburgh: "Chadwick Lake is a reservoir supplying water to the Town of Newburgh. The reservoir was created by damming Quassaick Creek in 1926. Today, most of the town's water is supplied by New York City's Delaware Aqueduct, with the reservoir acting primarily as a backup.

"Chadwick Lake Park is open to the public with recreational facilities near the southern end of the park. Attractions include three picnic shelters, a playground, walking trails, boating launches, basketball courts, ice skating and a roller rink. Fishing is also allowed on the lake; largemouth bass is a common catch." Chadwick Lake Park   "Ice Skating - Ice Hockey" | Orange  website and more . . .

Colonial Terraces district, Clinton Square, Fullerton Ave. and Third Street, statue of General and Governor George Clinton, Colden Square, George Clinton, General in the Continental Army, first New York State Governor in 1777 | Orange Clinton Square

845-565-3230 
  The entrance to the Colonial Terraces district is marked by Clinton Square, located at the corner of Fullerton Ave. and Third Street. In the center of the square is a statue of General and Governor George Clinton.

From City of Newburgh: "Originally in Colden Square, the statue of Clinton was dedicated on October 6, 1896. A copy of the statue by local sculptor Henry K. Brown that stands in the Capitol in Washington, it was cast in bronze by his nephew, H. K. Bush-Brown. According to Ruttenber in 1881, "it may with truth be said of George Clinton that he was to the State of New York what Washington was to the nation." He served as Brigadier General in the Continental Army, and was the first New York State Governor in 1777." Clinton Square | Orange  website and more . . .

12550, Town of Newburgh, NY, About Cronomer Hill Park, ball fields and tennis courts, observation tower, sports complex, Things to Do, Hiking, Playground, Playing Fields, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing | Orange Cronomer Hill Park

845-615-3830 
  Cronomer Hill Park is located at 214 Gardnertown Road, Town of Newburgh, NY 12550 in Orange County.

About Cronomer Hill Park: "This park features both passive and active recreation areas. The lower portion of Cronomer Hill Park features several multi-purpose ball fields and tennis courts, while the upper portion of the park features an observation tower that provides a magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding area. The portion near the summit of the hill is richly forested. Cronomer Hill Park | Orange  website and more . . .

12550, Recreational Park, Newburgh, NY, Orange County, baseball Stadium, Aquatic Center, playgrounds, Things to Do at Delano-Hitch Recreational Park, Playgrounds, Programs for kids, adults, and seniors, Soccer Field, Swimming Pool, Tennis Courts | Orange Delano-Hitch Recreational Park

845-565-3230 
  The 26-acre Delano-Hitch Recreational Park, at 401 Washington Street, Newburgh, NY 12550 in Orange County includes a 2000-capacity baseball Stadium, a soccer field, a men's softball diamond, three little league baseball diamonds, four tennis courts, four basketball courts, an Aquatic Center, two playgrounds, horseshoe pitches, a soccer/football field, the Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame, and the multipurpose Activity Center. Delano-Hitch Recreational Park | Orange  website and more . . .

12550, Park, 35-acre landscape park, heart of the City of Newburgh, ice skating and sledding, information about Downing Park, Things to Do at Downing Park, Concerts, Farmers Markets, Festivals, Gardens, Picnicking, Winter Activities | Orange Downing Park

845-565-3230 
  Downing Park is a 35-acre landscape park located at Carpenter Ave/3rd Street (one block from 9W) in the heart of the City of Newburgh, NY 12550 in Orange County.

From City of Newburgh: "Downing Park is a 35-acre landscape park located in the heart of the City of Newburgh. Filled with hills and valleys, streams, a pond, and a rich variety of vegetation, the park has serpentine paths and picturesque vista - features very similar, though on a different scale, to those of New York City's Central Park, created by the same designers. Downing Park | Orange  website and more . . .

Frank Masterson Memorial Recreation Area, Newburgh, NY, lake contains trout, pickerel, pan fish, place where veterans, the disabled, and senior citizens could go to fish, Fishing is allowed, about fishing, Things to Do at Masterson Memorial, Fishing | Orange Washington Lake / Masterson Park

845-565-3230 
  The Frank Masterson Memorial Recreation Area is located on Lockwood Basin, the outlet of Washington Lake on Little Britain Road, Newburgh, NY in Orange County.

From City of Newburgh: "Washington Lake forms part of the City of Newburgh's reservoir system under the jurisdiction of the City of Newburgh Water Department. Fishing and recreational programs are administered by the Recreation Department. The lake contains trout, pickerel, and several varieties of pan fish." Washington Lake / Masterson Park | Orange  website and more . . .
 All Orange County Listings

 Orange County Parks | Local and State

park, lakes, reservoirs, hiking trails, beaches, camping, scenic roads, wildlife, Things to Do, Beach, Biking, Boat Launch Sites, Boat Rentals, Horseback Riding, Cabins, Campsites, Fishing, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Fishing | Orange Harriman State Park - Orange County (and Rockland)

845-786-2701 
  Harriman State Park, is located at Seven Lakes Dr / Bear Mountain Circle, Ramapo, NY 10974 in both Orange and Rockland counties. Harriman Park is the second-largest park in the parks system, with 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 includes Lakes Welch, Sebago, Tiorati and Silvermine, the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Sebago Cabins and Beaver Pond Campgrounds. Harriman State Park - Orange County (and Rockland) | Orange  website and more . . .

Hudson Highlands, Hudson River is an estuary, things to do in the Hudson Highlands, outdoor activities, fishing, boating, hiking, hike, Hikes, Things to Do, Birding, Bird Watching, Boat Rentals, Boating, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Historic Places | Orange Hudson Highlands

845-225-7207 
  Click to enlarge photo of the Hudson Highlands.

Click to enlarge photo of the Hudson Highlands The sign reads:
"For much of its 315-mile course, the Hudson River flows straight and broad. But at the Highlands, the Appalachian mountain chain intersects the river to create a fifteen mile stretch of rugged, mountainous landscape. This area contains the river's narrowest and deepest points, as well as its fastest currents. The Hudson River is an estuary, a mixture of salt and freshwater, and the saltwater line extends just north of Beacon. The River is tidal all the way up to the Troy Dam above Albany." Hudson Highlands | Orange  website and more . . .

photo of Lake Askoti, hiking trails, great hiking, excellent fishing, fisherman, ice fishing on the lake, bird watching, Things to Do, Birding, Fishing, Winter Activities, Ice Fishing, Scenic Drives | Orange Lake Askoti - Harriman State Park in Orange County

845-786-2701 
 
Click to enlarge photo of Lake Askoti in Harriman State Park.

Click to enlarge photo of Lake Askoti in Harriman State Park. Lake Askoti, approximately 41-acres in size, is located in Harriman State Park. Lake Askoti, a tributary of Lake Skannatati River in Orange County, is surrounded by hiking trails offering beautiful vistas and great hiking. Enjoy excellent fishing throughout the year, including the winter freeze, when many fisherman return for ice fishing on the lake. Lake Askoti also offers excellent bird watching sites.
Lake Askoti - Harriman State Park in Orange County | Orange  more . . .

Lake, reservoir, Harriman State Park, Things to Do, Boat Launch, Fishing spots, Hiking trails, in Hudson Valley, Picnic Tables, Winter Activities, Ice Fishing, great fishing, Rockland County, Scenic Drives | Orange Lake Kanawauke - Harriman State Park - Orange

 
  Lake Kanawauke is a 186-acre reservoir (mostly man made) in Harriman State Park. The lake is located in the Town of Tuxedo, Orange County, and in the Town of Haverstraw, Rockland County, NY. Lake Kanawauke is comprised of three parts, the lower, middle, and upper lakes. Lake Kanawauke - Harriman State Park - Orange | Orange  more . . .

Lake, reservoir, Orange County, New York, scenic Harriman State Park,  Rockland and Orange counties, hiking trails, bird watching, fishing, Things to Do, Birding, Fishing spots, Hiking trails, Scenic Drives | Orange Lake Nawahunta - Harriman State Park

 
  Lake Nawahunta, a reservoir in Orange County, New York, is part of the beautiful and scenic Harriman State Park, located in Rockland and Orange counties. Lake Nawahunta offers fishing, hiking trails, and is a top location for bird watching. Lake Nawahunta - Harriman State Park | Orange  more . . .

Lake Skannatati, lakes and reservoirs, Harriman State Park, parking, boat launch site, Launch your boat, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, boat launch site, fishing, ice fishing, hiking trails, Birding, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing | Orange Lake Skannatati - Harriman State Park in Orange County

845-786-2701 
 
Click to enlarge photo of Lake Skannatati in Harriman State Park.

Click to enlarge photo of Lake Skannatati in Harriman State Park. Lake Skannatati, approximately 36.3 acres in size, is located in Orange County in the Town of Tuxedo, New York. Lake Skannatati is located very near Lake Askoti and is one of 31 lakes and reservoirs in Harriman State Park.

The parking lot, located adjacent to Lake Skannatati, provides convenient parking close to the boat launch site and provides easy access to several hiking trails.
Lake Skannatati - Harriman State Park in Orange County | Orange  photos and more . . .
 All Southfields Listings

 Southfields Parks | Local and State

photo of Lake Tiorati, Lake Tiorati Beach, Harriman State Park, swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, ice fishing, Things to Do at Lake Tiorati, Beach, Biking, Boat Launch, Campgrounds, Winter Activities, Ice Skating, scenic ride | Orange Lake Tiorati Beach - Harriman State Park

845-351-2568 
 
Click to enlarge photo of Lake Tiorati in Harriman State Park.

Click to enlarge photo of Lake Tiorati in Harriman State Park. Lake Tiorati Beach in Harriman State Park is located in Southfields, NY in the region of Bear Mountain.

Lake Tiorati was formed by clearing swampland in Harriman State Park and constructing a concrete dam to make two ponds into one large lake. Surrounded by meadows and rolling, wooded hills, the park offers excellent swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking. In winter, if conditions allow, the lake may be used for ice fishing. Bona fide groups may use the pioneer campsites near the lake. Lake Tiorati Beach - Harriman State Park | Orange  website and more . . .
 All Tuxedo Park Listings

 Tuxedo Park Parks | Local and State

10987, State Park, Tuxedo, NY, Hikers, Hudson River, marked trails, directions, permits and applications,  activities at Schunnemunk State Park, Things to Do at Schunnemunk State Park, Birding, Hiking trails, Picnicking | Orange Schunnemunk State Park

845-351-5907 
  Schunnemunk State Park, 2,700-acres in size, is located at 116 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo, NY 10987 in Orange County.

"Schunnemunk has over 2700 acres of rolling meadow and spectacular mountain top. Hikers encounter elevations up to 1664 feet and thrilling 360 degree views of adjacent valleys, portions of the distant Hudson River and surrounding forest and farm lands. Eight marked trails include the Long Path, Jessup, Western Ridge, Trestle, Sweet Clover, Otterkill, Dark Hollow and Barton Swamp Trails totaling over 20 miles traverse the mountain and glades." Schunnemunk State Park | Orange  website and more . . .

10987, Tuxedo, NY, Sterling Lake, bird species, Hudson Highlands, biking, fishing, hiking, hunting, birding, Museum, Things to Do at Sterling Forest State Park, Birding, Nature Study, Winter Activities, Ice Fishing, Snowshoeing | Orange Sterling Forest State Park

845-351-5907 
  Sterling Forest State Park, a 21,935-acre park, is located at 116 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo, NY 10987 in Orange County. Sterling Forest State Park offers a nearly pristine natural refuge amidst of one of the nation's most densely populated areas, a remarkable piece of woodland, a watershed for millions, and a tremendous outdoor recreation area. This unbroken deep-forest habitat is important for the survival of many resident and migratory species, including black bear, a variety of hawks and songbirds and many rare invertebrates and plants. Learn about Sterling Forest's environment and history at the Visitor Center, overlooking Sterling Lake. The visitor center also features exhibits about the local environment. Sterling Forest State Park | Orange  website and more . . .

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Rockland County

Verified (2015) up-to-date and comprehensive list of parks in Rockland, New York. Rockland parks are among the most beautiful parks in New York State. Find the best parks for kids, the family, and everyone. If you enjoy fresh air, beautiful landscapes, and nature, visit a park in Rockland. Year-round there are fun activities and great attractions at the park, with many fun things to do for kids and the whole family. Go to the park to relax and read under the shade of a tree. Visit the park to exercise. Enjoy a walk in the park. Walking is one of the best exercises for your entire body; and every park has places to walk surrounded by trees and nature. Whether you visit a small local park or a large state or county park; parks offer an opportunity to unwind, escape from your daily routines and breathe in fresh air.

"During the past 41 years, the Rockland County Park System has grown from one park of 3 acres to a network of 28, comprising 3,100 acres. The goal has been to provide county residents ready access to local parks without having to endure traffic congestion or drive long distances to enjoy nature's beauty. Park acquisitions have been attained through County funds matched with federal and state grants along with land donations, tax delinquency and partnerships with Land Trusts and other municipalities.

"Our parks, now conservatively worth some $230,000,000, are situated on or near mountainous ridges that preserve our skylines as forever green and uncluttered by high-rise. They provide a variety of both active and passive recreation along with preserving parts of our county's history. Recent acquisitions of the last remaining active farms have preserved part of Rockland's past and continue to produce locally grown farm fresh produce. The parks provide excellent nature trails where one may, if you look carefully, encounter a variety of animals such as a red-tailed hawk, pileated woodpecker, barred owl, white-tailed deer, red fox or a wild turkey. There are scenic vantage points at South Mountain, Buttermilk Falls, Mountainview Nature Park, Gurnee Park, Kakiat and Clausland Mountain."

"Two of our county parks offer residents an enclosed area for their dogs to run off-leash. These enclosed areas are called "Dog Runs". They provide a community setting in which people can gather and socialize and where they can observe the interaction of groups of dogs at play."

Parks in Rockland offer opportunities to exercise while enjoying outdoor year-round fun. Many parks provide miles of trails for hiking for all levels of hikers. Many kids enjoy hiking and feel very grownup after they select a branch from the ground that they can use as a hiking stick. Rockland's Bear Mountain Park has trails that are part of the famous Appalachian Trail. Walk one of these trails and you can be one of the select group that has 'walked the Appalachian Trail' - even if you are walking only a small part of the Appalachian trail.

State parks often provide trail maps that are available at the park entrance. Trails can be rugged footpaths and mountain trails, or paved greenway trails along county roads. Activities on Rockland hiking trails include walking, biking, hiking, cross-country-skiing, snowshoeing, and nature walks. In summer, you may want to find a park with boating, fishing, swimming, playing fields, and playgrounds for young children.

Find fun things to do with young children. Visit your local playground in Rockland year-round. In cold weather be sure to bundle the kids and yourself up and stay warm. You may want to bring a thermos of hot milk for the kids and tea or coffee for adults. When the weather warms up, take the kids on a family outing to a county or state park, almost all have picnic tables and playgrounds for the children. Even smaller local parks often feature places to swim, places to hike, picnic tables, and playgrounds for the kids. Benches for moms and dads are always close by so you can relax while you watch the children in the playground. Find fun things to do with kids in winter, spring, summer, and fall at Park in Rockland.

    In winter, enjoy snow shoeing, sledding, cross country skiing, building snowmen and gentle (soft snow) snowball fights with the children. Bring a thermos for the kids and one for adults filled with hot chocolate (buy a brand with less sugar) or warm milk for the kids and tea or coffee for adults.

    In spring, take the kids on a nature walk and point out the crocus and daffodils beginning to bud or the buds on the branches of trees, hear the birds singing happily as they embrace the beginning of spring in the air.

    In summer, visit parks offering swimming pools, beaches, boating (kayaking, canoeing) and more hot weather activities. Watch the kids splash in the water and learn how to swim in the parks offering places to learn to swim.

    In fall, see the leaves on trees turn gold, yellow, orange, red, and shades of plum. Pick-up the leaves from the ground and bring them home so that the children can mount them and save them in their book of fall colors in the park.
Enjoy your local or state park year-round. Parks offer kids things to do during all seasons of the year. Kids can play baseball, soccer, or catch in the playing fields. Young children can play in the playgrounds and open spaces where they can run around. Everyone can enjoy a picnic made of fresh local produce to be enjoyed among the trees.
    Bear Mountain State Park
    Bear Mountain State Park is located on the west side of the Hudson River in both Orange and Rockland counties in New York State. The 5,067-acre (20.51 km2) Bear Mountain State Park, flagship of the Palisades Interstate Park System, is renowned for its natural beauty and rugged mountains and is just 50 miles north of mid-town Manhattan.

    Bear Mountain Park attractions and activities include a large playing field, picnic groves, rowboats for hire and docks on Hessian Lake, swimming pool and bathhouse, nature trails including key segments of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Long Path, basketball court, Trailside Museums and Zoo, Iona Island Estuarine Reserve and Bird Refuge, Perkins Tower, and the Merry-Go-Round. Many winter activities are available at Bear Mountain Park, including an outdoor rink that is open for ice-skating from late October through mid-March.

    Blauvelt State Park
    Blauvelt State Park offers 590-acres of forested green space. Hiking trails provide the only access and afford spectacular views of the Hudson Valley. This park is undeveloped. There are no toilets and there is limited parking.

    Clausland Mountain Park
    Clausland Mountain Park, a 550-acre park, is located in Orangeburg and Rockland County. Scenic Hudson helped citizens protect the forested ridgeline of this county park named after the 17th-century leader of a nearby Native American tribe. The park offers seasonal Hudson River views. Its 2 miles of trails include the Long Path, which stretches 326 miles from the George Washington Bridge to Thacher Park near Albany and links to adjacent Blauvelt State Park. The mountain's summit contains remains of a Cold War-era Nike missile base that protected Manhattan from Soviet attack.

    Dater Mountain Nature Park
    Dater Mountain Nature Park, a 350.5-acre park, is located off Johnsontown Road in Sloatsburg, NY 10974 in Rockland County. "The Park, which is located in the New York/New Jersey Highlands, is heavily wooded with steep inclines and rocky slopes and consists of a number of mountaintops and valleys, crossed by several small streams. Orange and Rockland transmission line traverses the Park. A view of the Village of Tuxedo, The New York State Thruway, and Orange County may be seen from the high elevations, some rising 940 feet above sea level.

    Emeline Park
    Haverstraw, Rockland County (3 acres) Co-owned with the Village of Haverstraw, this waterfront park boasts sweeping views of Haverstraw Bay, the Hudson River's widest point, as well as a playground, gazebo and universally accessible walking path. Emeline Park is managed by the Village of Haverstraw.

    Goosepond Mountain State Park
    Goosepond Mountain State Park is located in Chester, NY 10911, Orange County in the Hudson Valley. Goosepond is managed as 1,558-acres of open space. Almost completely wooded, the park is open to hikers and horseback riders. This park is undeveloped. There are no toilets and there is limited parking.

    Harriman State Park
    Harriman State Park, located in Rockland and Orange counties, is the second-largest park in the parks system, with 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, two 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.

    Harriman State Park - Anthony Wayne Recreation Area
    Anthony Wayne Recreation Area is located at Palisades Parkway, Exit 17, Bear Mountain, NY 10911. Anthony Wayne is a wooded and scenic area within Harriman State Park. The recreation area lies in a wooded valley. Facilities include picnic areas with fireplaces, playing fields, and cross-country skiing and hiking trails.

    High Tor State Park
    High Tor State Park is located at 415 South Mountain Road, New City NY 10956, Rockland County in the Hudson Valley. High Tor State Park, a day-use facility, offers picnicking, swimming and hiking, affords spectacular views of the Hudson River. The Long Path passes through the park just before the trail heads inland to the Catskills.

    Hook Mountain State Park
    Hook Mountain State Park, 676-acres in size, is part of the Palisades Interstate Park system. The park can be accessed just north of Nyack. Visit Hook Mountain and enjoy scenic views while hiking, walking, biking, and fishing on the shores of the Hudson River. The bike path follows the river's edge from Haverstraw Beach State Park to Nyack Beach State Park in Upper Nyack. For more biking trails, visit Rockland biking trails in the lower-Hudson Valley. Hook Mountain is best known as a hawk watch site.

    Kakiat Park
    Kakiat Park, 376-acres in size, is located at 668 Haverstraw Road, Montebello NY 10901. The Park offers a diverse topography, from flat wetlands to rolling hills, to steep mountainside. The Mahwah River flows southwesterly the length of the park approximately 2500 feet. Times of heavy rains flood large areas along the river. The Ramapo fault runs through the park. A log cabin constructed in 1922 stands as a reminder of the simple life of 100 years ago. A footbridge crosses the river, which is stocked annually with trout; a pavilion can be found near the river. Numerous winter activities exist along with active wildlife and forestry conservation projects. Guided tours available by the Park Rangers.

    Nyack Beach State Park
    Nyack Beach State Park is located at 698 North Broadway, Upper Nyack NY 10960. The park offers 61 acres of riverfront along the Hudson River in Rockland County. The most popular activities are picnicking, hiking, bicycling and fishing. Launching kayaks or windsurfers from the beach is permitted. Trails are open for cross-country skiing in winter.

    Perkins Point
    Perkins Drive, also known as Perkins Point and Perkins Memorial Tower, stands at the summit of Bear Mountain State Park, 1,305 feet above the Hudson River. The tower was completed in 1934 and dedicated to George Walbridge Perkins, the first President and widely regarded founder of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC).

    Hike, bike, or drive to Perkins Point Tower, an absolute must see when vacationing or planning a day-trip to Bear Mountain. Walk the four sets of stairs in the tower (landings have benches to stop and rest between floors) to the observation floor where the views are documented and described in detail. "With its 360-degree panorama, the Perkins Memorial Tower offers spectacular views of the Hudson River, the Bear Mountain Bridge, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Storm King, and Fort Montgomery. Four states are visible (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania), as well as the New York City skyline. The observation floor has interpretive displays that describe the distant views, including several mountain ranges: the Taconics, Ramapos, Shawangunks, and even the Catskills. Perkins Memorial Drive and Tower truly are a highlight of any visit to Bear Mountain.

    Rockland Lake State Park - Valley Cottage
    Rockland Lake State Park, 1,133-acres in size, is located at 299 Rockland Lake Road, Valley Cottage NY 10989. Although the main entrance to Rockland Lake Park is in Valley Cottage, the park is accessible from Haverstraw, Congers, and Valley Cottage. The park lake is located on a ridge of Hook Mountain above the west bank of the Hudson River. The park offers a huge 24,140 square foot swimming pool with diving boards - the pool is more than 10,000 square feet larger than an Olympic size pool. A kiddie pool is also available for young children. The park also offers picnic tables; grills, a car top boat launch dock, hiking trails with breath-taking views of the Hudson Valley, six tennis courts and the Rockland Lake State Park golf courses, featuring two 18 hole golf courses. Anglers can fish Rockland Lake for bass, perch and norlunge. Walkers, joggers, roller bladers, and bicyclists can enjoy the 3.2 mile non-motorized use paved trail around the lake.

    Tallman Mountain State Park - Valley Cottage
    Tallman Mountain State Park is located at Route 9W, Sparkill, NY 10976 in Rockland County. The park comprises wooded country on the easterly slope of the Palisades uplands overlooking the Hudson and Piermont Marsh, which lies between the river and the slope. The marsh is part of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Tallman Mountain Park operates as a day-use area, offering a swimming pool, running track, tennis courts, playfield, cross-country skiing, a walking trail, hiking and picnic areas




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