Harriman Trails: A Guide and History by William J. Myles
Harriman State Park is just thirty miles north of New York City, but the Empire States second largest park remains unknown to most people in the metropolitan region. That might change after the arrival of William Myles and Daniel Chazins combination guide and history. This comprehensive, 440-page paperback original introduces readers to the parks more than 300 miles of marked and unmarked hiking trails. Obviously a labor of love, Harrison Trails is an exemplar reference about one of the most beautiful nature preserves in the region.
2014 Harriman State Park Bear Encounter
Hikers can see the Dunderberg Spiral Railway by using any of several marked and unmarked trails on the mountain. The following information is from that book, from an older guide, Harriman Park Trail Guide by William Hoeferlin, and from my own explorations. The bold numbers are tenths of a mile, some from Myles and some interpolated from maps.
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Bear Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain State Park is a 5,acre It also includes several facilities such as the Perkins Memorial Tower, the Trailside Museum and Zoo, the Bear Mountain Inn , a merry-go-round, pool, and a skating rink. It is managed by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. The park is a separate entity from the adjacent Harriman State Park which runs along the western edge of the park. It lies within the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion. During the American Revolution , when control of the Hudson River was viewed by the British as essential to dominating the American territories, the area that was to become the park saw several significant military engagements. In British troops routed Patriots at Fort Montgomery.
The highlights of this loop are: a nice viewpoint of Lake Skannatati right in the beginning , view of Lake Askoti from some rock slabs, the Hasenclever Mine large deep hole filled with water , and a small cemetery with graves from the s and of Civil War veterans. There is a waterfall a bit off the Red Cross trail, and another area with cascades near the road. One steep uphill and a small scramble right in the beginning, then just moderate after that. The viewpoint over Lake Skannatati is just past the start of Red Cross, so backtrack to Red Cross after the viewpoint. The viewpoint was obvious, Red Cross trail… not as much. After crossing the road, into an overgrown field, the next trail marker is hard to spot. Head across the field and toward the left and there is a little opening in the brush.
The classic Jersey hiking guide and a great gift for new hikers. If you are only purchasing one book on Jersey hiking or want to start with a good sampling of the hiking in New Jersey — this is the book to get. There are a variety of hikes throughout the entire state, in all lengths and difficulty levels.
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Trails will vary from challenging single track, to woods roads and paths that allow you to step back in time, traveling the many Historical Trails that are within the parks. Covering nearly 52, acres, this network of practically infinite trail combinations is unmatched in the area surrounding metropolitan New York. The adventurer may choose to climb through the crevices of the Lemon Squeezer, savor the views of the Hudson from high on Dunderberg Mountain , challenge themselves to the FKT on the 23 mile Suffern Bear Mountain Trail or explore some of the Historic Appalachian Trail. The Bear Mountain Inn area is itself a destination for many families to enjoy its numerous attractions, including access to several great hiking trails, a few taking you to the top of Bear Mountain. Harriman Bear Mountain State Parks.