There are over 80 miles of hiking trails, including 8 miles of the Appalachian Trail and 8.9 miles of the Highlands Trail in the Park. Hikes range from easy to strenuous with many beautiful views.
The Park has several miles of scenic biking trails on old woods roads.
Fishing is allowed on many of our lakes and streams.
A great place for birding, Sterling Forest BCA (Bird Conservation Area) has had over 125 species of birds sighted. it is also one of the largest unfragmented forests in the region with an abundant variety of animals including, bear, deer, beaver, fox, mink, bobcat, fisher, eagles, golden-winged warblers, and turkeys to name a few.
Seasonal Permit required - $5.00 fee. Call the Park Office for more information.
Seasonal Permit required - $30.00 fee. Call the Park Office for more information.
Each month the Friends of Sterling Forest hosts lectures, hikes and special events promoting the park. You can find them at www.friendsofsterlingforest.org
Senator Frank E. Lautenberg Visitor Center:The Visitor Center houses many exhibits showcasing the history, nature and trails of the park. Featuring an interactive 3D map, theater and gift shop.
Sterling Fire Tower:One of the last working fire towers in New York, the Sterling Tower was built in 1922. The tower is open seasonally and can be reached with a moderate hike from the Visitor Center.
Sterling Furnace No 2: Restored in 1960 the furnace played a major role in the production of iron for the “great chain”, cannonballs and other weapons used in the Revolutionary War.
Southfield Furnace: Built in 1804 by the Townsend family, the furnace is located off of Orange Turnpike in the northern section of the park. A short hike will take you to this 19th century furnace.
In the winter enjoy many of our trails on skis or snowshoes.