Harriman State Park Pine Swamp Mountain

Harriman, New York 10926

Harriman State Park Pine Swamp Mountain

Harriman State Park: Pine Swamp Mountain Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Clear mountain lakes, forest- covered peaks, rocky outcroppings, and a summit with a spectacular view—it’s all worth the extra effort Harriman demands. You may expect old- growth forest here, but most of the trees here are second- growth, replanted after decades of iron mining stripped this area bare before and after the Civil War.

The mines’ furnaces required copious amounts of charcoal made from firewood, turning the forest into a continuous raw fuel source for iron ore processing. Mining stopped when Pennsylvania coal and Minnesota iron began to overshadow the Highlands’ iron production at the turn of the twentieth century."

Harriman State Park: Pine Swamp Mountain Reviews

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Harriman State Park has so many beautiful attributes: mountains, forests, caves, lakes, campsites, streams, and hiking trails galore. It covers a massive amount of land, and you could easily spend a week hiking and even camping here if you wanted to. The campsites are scenic, some even featuring some very cool lean-tos. There's a great variety of hiking options, from easy to very challenging, and multiple scenic vistas as well. The Pine Swamp Mountain hike was beautiful. Lots of little streams to cross which was fun but may require some agility and care. To be clear, you want to follow the green blazes, then walk right when you see the yellow blazes, then walk right when you see the white and red triangle blazes. It’s a wonderfully varied trail. Even though the distance is pretty short, the terrain is kind of uneven so you end up getting a decent calf workout. The Long Trail along the lake has green blazes, connecting to yellow blazes of Dunning (the wide trail), and then white with red triangles is the Arden-Surebridge. The trail is nice mix of scenery, valleys, small hills, view of lakes, and small stream crossings. The bugs were definitely around so I would recommend some bug spray. Harriman is actually less than an hour from NYC, so pay a visit if you get the chance. It's beautiful.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2.7 miles
1,021 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Spring through fall
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Additional Use
Palisades Interstate Park Commission, Bear Mountain, NY 10911; (845) 786-2701; nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/145/details.aspx
Local Contacts
NatGeo TOPO! Map (USGS): Sloatsburg, NY; NatGeo Trails Illustrated Map #756: Harriman, Bear Mountain, Sterling Forest State Parks; New York–New Jersey Trail Conference #119: Harriman Bear Mountain Trails
Local Maps