Located right between the counties of Rockland and Orange, Harriman State Park is the second largest park in the United States, offering a varied array of landscapes to admire and enjoy. Hiking is a primary attraction at Harriman State Park, with over 200 total miles of trails to explore.
If you're looking to challenge yourself, you might try the Red Cross trail, which is 17 total miles of rough, forested terrain winding past three different lakes and offering several scenic viewing decks to take a break and soak in the landscape. For less able adventurers, there's the Nickel Mine set of paths.
These are semi-paved and offer a chance to explore several preserved buildings that still dot the area. Tours are provided on this batch of trails throughout the warmer months, schedules for which can be found at the park's central offices. If you'd like to bring a canine along on your mountain adventure, make sure you have them on a leash eight feet long or shorter.
While dog stations aren't offered here, refuse bins are posted at every trailhead, so make sure you clean up after any messes your dog might leave behind. For fans of fishing, there are a total of 31 lakes and reservoirs in Harriman State Park. All of these lakes offer fishing opportunities of some kind, provided you have a New York State fishing license.
Equipment rental is provided at Lake Welch, Lake Tiorati, and Lake Harriman for a small additional fee. Canines are welcome on any beaches and shorelines, save for public swimming areas. Strictly speaking, dogs are allowed off-leash in these areas as long as owners use their best judgment and clean up any litter their pets might leave in the sand.
Swimming is offered on many of the lakes in Harriman State Park throughout the summer season. If you're looking to get youngsters involved, the park hosts swimming classes on Lake Harriman in conjunction with the local BOA chapters. For more information on these classes, make sure to check the New York Park's website for up to date schedules and pricing.