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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 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
Sat 29 Jun
Free Fishing Clinic
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Enjoy the morning at Sterling Forest with our youth fishing day! Our in-house Licensed DEC Fishing Guide, Alison Manges, will teach the fundamentals of fishing as well as how to utilize both equipment and tackle. The day will begin at the Visitor Center with instruction and will follow with a short walk to the fishing location. Equipment is limited and will be available on a first come first serve basis, so please BRING YOUR OWN POLES AND TACKLE IF POSSIBLE. All are welcome and fishing licenses are not required for either children or adults for this event. Get ready to have some fun in the sun and hook yourself a record breaker.

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

Registration: Required
Sat 13 Jul
Bare Rock Vista Hike
Saturday, July 13, 2019 11:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Explore Sterling Forest with a hike on the Bare Rock trail to Bare Rock Vista. Join the Rangers for this moderate hike lasting about 3 hours. The hike will go through beautiful hardwood forest and provide stunning views of Greenwood Lake. Make sure to bring water, snacks, and wear sturdy shoes.

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

Registration: Required
Sat 20 Jul
Survival Skills
Saturday, July 20, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Would you be able to survive a night in the woods with no fire or shelter? Join the Rangers and learn some basic survival skills that will help you in making it through the night. Learn how to construct debris shelters and even how to start a fire using nothing but sticks and bark! Then see a recreation of a Native American hunting camp used over a thousand years ago. You will never have to worry about being wet or cold in the woods again. This program is open to all, adults and children, and all materials will be provided.

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

Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Birds & Hummingbird Feeders
Saturday, July 27, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Come to Sterling Forest and learn more about the fascinating world of birds. Discover which birds call our area home for the whole year and which ones are just visiting for the summer. We will then take a short hike and see what birds we can find!!! Then finish the day by making a hummingbird feeder which will bring your new feathered friends to your back door. This program is geared towards children ages 5-13. All will be provided; just bring your sense of curiosity/wonder.

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