Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Sterling Forest State Park

Skip Navigation LinksHome / State Parks / Sterling Forest State Park
Address
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

Maps

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.

Hunting begins October 1, 2020 and continues through February 28, 2021.

Hikers wear bright colors.

NYS DEC hunting license and park permit ($5) fee are required to hunt big and small game, and turkey. Please check State hunting regulations (https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/huntseason19.pdf) for specifics on game and manner of taking for each species.

There is no September hunting in Sterling Forest State Park.

Reminders

  • Sterling Forest State Park is located in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 3P.
  • Please fill out the survey. This information is necessary to properly manage the hunting program in Sterling Forest State Park.
  • All three pages of the application need to be completed to have your permit mailed to you.

Hunting Permit Application

Hunting Map Brochure

Sat 14 Aug
Sterling Lake Loop Hike
Saturday, August 14, 2021 10:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Enjoy this 4-mile trail around Sterling Lake, located right behind the Visitor Center. It is an easy/moderate hike and should take between 2-3 hours to complete. Along the way hikers will enjoy historic remaining structures of the iron industry, some predating the revolutionary war. Wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for weather conditions; bring water and a snack.

Registration is mandatory, please call (845) 351-5907. Due to COVID restrictions, this hike is limited to 15 participants. Masks are required if social distancing is not possible.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Aug
Pollinators
Saturday, August 21, 2021 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Do you like fruit? Did you know that without insects like bees there would be no fruits such as peaches or cherries? Join the Rangers for a fascinating program to discover all about bees and other pollinating insects. Learn about the crucial role these insects play in the environment and how their declining numbers are having an impact on our everyday lives. Sample some local honey and build a bee hotel of your very own!! All are welcome, but the program is geared towards children ages 6-13. Parental supervision is required.

Registration is mandatory, please call (845) 351-5907. Due to COVID restrictions, this event is limited to 25 participants. Masks are required if social distancing is not possible.

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Sep
Survival Skills
Saturday, September 4, 2021 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.

Registration is mandatory, please call (845) 351-5907. Due to COVID restrictions, this event is limited to 25 participants. Masks are required if social distancing is not possible.

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Sep
Night Hike
Saturday, September 18, 2021 05:30 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Experience and see Sterling Forest in a whole new light and join the Rangers for a NIGHT hike to the Fire Tower. Hike in the light of a full moon, stargaze, and view the illuminated skyline of Manhattan. The hike will depart at 5:30 PM sharp and will arrive at the Fire Tower in time to view the sunset. We will be walking back in the dark, so headlamps or flashlights are a MUST and will not be provided. All are welcome, and be sure to bring water, snacks, and wear sturdy shoes.

Registration is mandatory, please call (845) 351-5907. Due to COVID restrictions, this hike is limited to 15 participants. Masks are required if social distancing is not possible.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Sep
Digging Up The Past
Saturday, September 25, 2021 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Look back millions of years into the past and learn more about the world of fossils. Discover what animals used to call this area home, how fossils are made, and what we can learn from them. Then finish the day by digging for fossils and bring home a dinosaur skeleton of your very own!!! All are welcome, but the program is geared towards children ages 5-13. The program will be held at the Lautenberg Visitor Center and will begin at 1pm. Parental supervision is required.

Registration is mandatory, please call (845) 351-5907. Due to COVID restrictions, this event is limited to 25 participants. Masks are required if social distancing is not possible.

Registration: Required

Get Directions

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

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Equestrian Trails * Horseback riding by permit only
  • Fishing
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Visitor Center (Accessible)