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Sterling Forest State Park

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116 Old Forge Road
Tuxedo, NY 10987
Latitude 41.19895
Longitude -74.25708

Sterling Forest State Park comprises 21,935.08 acres of nearly pristine natural refuge amidst of one of the nation's most densely populated areas, a remarkable piece of woodland, a watershed for millions, and a tremendous outdoor recreation area. This unbroken deep-forest habitat is important for the survival of many resident and migratory species, including black bear, a variety of hawks and songbirds and many rare invertebrates and plants. Hunting, fishing and hiking opportunities are available.

To help disseminate knowledge about Sterling Forest's environment and history, the commission built the US Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Visitor Center. The visitor center overlooking Sterling Lake features exhibits about the local environment as well as an auditorium for related presentations.



Dogs only, must be on a leash not more than 6 feet.

Hours of Operation

  • Park Hours: dawn to dusk

    Lautenberg Visitor Center hours: 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, daily

    Hunting (With Park Permit): Big game, small game, turkey hunting allowed.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Hunting (Big & small game, turkey)
  • $5
  • Visitor Ctr. Conference room only rental
  • Regular: $150


Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Key BCA Criteria:

- Migratory concentration site

- Diverse species concentration site

- Individual species concentration site

- Species at risk site

- Bird research site

The Sterling ForestĀ® BCA is part of Sterling Forest State Park. The BCA contains one of the largest tracts of contiguous forest habitat in the Highlands, which are critical to species that are sensitive to human disturbance and need large areas in which to live and reproduce. A comprehensive inventory by the New York Natural Heritage Program indicates that most of the Park is covered by either ecological communities that have statewide significance or of such quality that they should be protected as significant examples within New York State. The Park has considerable biodiversity including a diversity of bird species. A part of the Hudson Highlands, the area has strong relief ranging from 800-1200' in elevation.

Birds identified within the park include Peregrine Falcon (endangered), Pied-billed Grebe (threatened), Least Bittern (threatened), American Bittern (special concern), Osprey (special concern), Sharp-shinned Hawk (special concern), Cooper's Hawk (special concern) Northern Goshawk (special concern), Red-shouldered Hawk (special concern), Common Nighthawk (special concern), Whip-poor-will (special concern), Red-headed Woodpecker (special concern), Horned Lark (special concern), Golden-winged Warbler (special concern), Cerulean Warbler (special concern), and Yellow-breasted Chat (special concern). Numerous other species contribute to the diversity of birds within the BCA including Broad-winged Hawk, Acadian Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Worm-eating Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Pine Warbler, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler, Canada Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Orchard Oriole, and Purple Finch.

Download a copy of the BCA map.

NYS DEC hunting license and park permit ($5) fee are required to hunt big and small game, and turkey. Please check State hunting regulations ( for specifics on game and manner of taking for each species.

There is no September hunting in Sterling Forest State Park.

For the 2018-2019 season, beginning October 1st, small game hunting will be permitted in all hunting areas. This will be a 1-year trial program.


- Sterling Forest State Park is located in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 3P.

- All three pages of the application need to be completed to have your permit mailed to you.

2018-19 Hunting Application

Sterling Forest Hunting Map

Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Start time: 10am
End time: 2pm

Meeting Location: Lautenberg Visitor CenterParking Instructions: Please park across the street from the visitor center, at 115 Old Forge Road Tuxedo Park NY 10987.
Ages: All ages welcome

Volunteer Project: Help beautify with a spring clean up, help us plant flowers and trees, replant decorative grasses, lay mulch in flower beds, paint decorative rocks. Tools gloves and refreshments provided.

We can accommodate: Large groups, small groups, college student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts. Questions? Call: 845-351-5907 Email: MICHAEL.MCELROY@PARKS.NY.GOV

Registration: Required
Sat 11 May
Fire Tower Hike
Saturday, May 11, 2019 11:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Join the Rangers as we hike to the Sterling Forest Fire Tower. This moderate 4-mile loop is suitable for intermediate hikers and will reward you with spectacular views of the Hudson Highlands. On a clear day, you can even see the NYC skyline! The hike will leave from the Sterling Forest Visitor Center at 11 AM. Please be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack.

Hike is limited to 30 participants. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 18 May
Map & Compass Reading
Saturday, May 18, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Ever get turned around or confused while on a hiking trail? Or not quite sure how to use a compass and map? Join us at Sterling Forest for a presentation on compass use and map reading. Designed to help you better navigate the many trails of Sterling Forest, this lecture is geared for Middle School age children and brand new hikers. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes.

Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 May
Pond Study
Saturday, May 25, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Ever wonder what types of creatures call your local pond home? Or what kinds of creepy crawlies live in the muck at the bottom of a lake? Join us at Sterling Forest for a pond study to learn more about these animals, and wonder no more. The day will begin with a short hike from the Visitor Center to Laurel Meadows pond where we will net plants and mud to see what types of animals we can discover. Be prepared to get wet and muddy so wearing appropriate clothing is recommended. Ticks are abundant so remember to bring your bug spray. All are welcome, but the program is geared towards children ages 6-13.

Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required
Sat 22 Jun
Reptile Talk
Saturday, June 22, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Come join us at Sterling Forest and discover more about the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians. Learn which species of reptiles call our area home, and how they are beneficial to the environment. We will be using live animals for this program so you will get the chance to see these beautiful animals in person. The program is open to all, and will be held at the Lautenberg Visitor Center at 1:00pm.

Parental supervision is required. Please register by calling (845) 351-5907.

Registration: Required

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While You're Here Listen for Northern Cricket Frogs! From June to July, male cricket frogs trill "gick, gick, gick."

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Bridle Path * Horseback riding by permit only
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Recreation Programs
  • Snowshoeing Trails