Anthony Wayne Recreation Area. Palisades Parkway, Exit 17 Bear Mountain, NY. 40 miles north of New York City.
Harriman State Park, located in Rockland and Orange counties about 1 hour from downtown New York City, is a great place for a short afternoon mountain bike ride through a beautiful, densely wooded environment. The Horn Hill Loop Trail, the only designated mountain bike trail in the park, is part of the Harriman State Park Recreational Trail system which is comprised of approximately 200 miles including segments of the Appalachian Trail and the Long Path. In addition to hiking and mountain biking and road cycling, there are several bridle trails in the Pine Meadows area (southeastern) part of the park (permit required). Cross-country skiing is also permitted on some of the trails during the winter as conditions allow.
Harriman State Park is the second-largest park in the New York State Parks System with 31 lakes and reservoirs, three beaches, camping areas, miles of streams and scenic woods roads. It borders Bear Mountain State Park along its northeastern edge.
This is one of our favorite trails, being so close to New York City where we could escape to a beautiful heavily forested environment. While the rest of the park is jam packed at almost all times of the year, the picnic area at the Horn Hill Loop trailhead is quiet and complete with picnic tables and grills.
Horn Hill Loop Trail:
The Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, located in the northeastern section of Harriman State Park, lies in a wooded valley. The Horn Hill Loop designated mountain bike trail is the only trail open to mountain bikes in Harriman State Park. The Horn Hill Loop Trail, partly an old logging woods road and part cross country ski trail, travels through lovely, cool shaded woods. We have ridden here several times and have yet to encounter other mountain bikers on the trail.
While this Harriman State Park bike trail is designated as easy, you will encounter roots, rocks, logs and several planned obstacles. It is a great place for beginner mountain bikers to practice some fun, mountain biking. While there is nothing overly technical, there are planned obstacles, several short climbs and one long, steep ascent (some may have to hike-a-bike it). Once once you hit the top, it's an idyllic, easy mountain bike ride back to the start on Beechy Bottom Road (old woods road).
We always did two to three loops to work the kinks out after a long cold winter. of semi hibernation.
Lake Tiorati Road Biking:
Road cyclists will love the scenic rolling meadows and wooded hills in the Lake Tiorati (southeastern) area of Harriman State Park.
On a nice spring or summer day, combine a mountain bike or road bike ride with a refreshing swim and/or picnic. Amongst other things, the Park also features lakes with beaches, and cool, shaded picinic groves. Harriman State Park's major recreational facilities include Lakes Welch, Sebago, Tiorati and Silvermine, the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Sebago Cabins and Beaver Pond Campgrounds.
If you don't feel like doing a picnic thing:
Hikers Cafe: offers snacks, hot and cold drinks, icecream via hand-scooped sugar cones. It's located nside the east entrance of the Bear Mountain Inn on the first floor (nearest to the parking kiosk).
Stand 10: Concession stand near the entrance to the picnic groves for burgers, kosher hot dogs, french fries and ice cream.
Anthony Wayne Recreation Area - Harriman State Park
Phone: (845) 942-2560