Offering a varied array of landscapes over 46,000-acres, Harriman State Park is the second largest park in New York that has something for every outdoor enthusiast to enjoy. From hiking to camping, to 31 lakes and reservoirs, this natural pupperdise is the pawfect place to explore with your adventure hound.
With over 200 miles of trails, you can create a new experience every time you come. Several parking areas for hikers are located throughout the park for easy access. If you're looking to challenge yourself, try the Red Cross trail's 17 miles of rough, forested terrain that winds past three different lakes and offers several scenic viewing decks. For less able adventurers, there's the Nickel Mine set of paths that are semi-paved and offer a chance to explore several preserved buildings that still dot the area. Note that your pup will have to view all buildings from the outside.
Water enthusiasts can enjoy fishing and boating at the many lakes, but the two swimming beaches Lake Welch or Lake Tiorati unfurtunately don't allow dogs. Instead, opt for a refreshing dip in a stream along a trail, or visit one of the many smaller lakes. Bring your own boat for a day out on the water, and be sure to have your New York State fishing license if you prefer to cast a line.
In the winter, visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing, while summer guests can make use of the playing fields for sports, and the grills for a furbulous outdoor meal. Campers with dogs can choose to sleep overnight in a lean-to, or hang out under the stars at a public campsite.
While dogs are allowed in most places in the park, they are prohibited from Lake Welch, Lake Tiorati, Welch Beach, Beaver Pond Campground, and Sebago Cabins. Always have clean-up bags on hand to pick up anything your pooch leaves behind. Trash cans are located near many trailheads for convenience. Bring water to share, and always keep your dog on a leash no longer than 8 feet long everywhere in the park.
Harriman State Park is unique in that there is no official main entrance into the park. You'll also find no booths set up to take any admission fees on most roadways in. However, if you go to the two public beaches, either at Lake Welch or Lake Tiorati, or to the Bear Mountain Inn, Silvermine or Lake Kanawauke areas, you will be charged an $8.00 fee.
For pawmazing outdoor adventure, you and your pup will love the sprawling landscapes at the Harriman State Park!