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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 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
Sat 10 Aug
Indian Hill Hike
Saturday, August 10, 2019 10:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Take a break from the ordinary and accompany the Rangers on the Indian Hill loop hike. This moderate four-mile hike is perfect for both beginner and intermediate hikers looking for a more challenging hike. Indian Hill is not as well-known as our more popular trails, and the area provides fantastic views of the park in a more serene setting. It also boasts some of the largest and oldest oak trees which can be found in the park! We will meet at the Sterling Forest Visitor Center and carpool to the site as a group. Wear comfortable shoes and be sure to bring water and snacks.

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

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Aug
Geology & Geodes
Saturday, August 17, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Ever wonder how mountains are formed? Or why the landscape in our area is so rocky? Well, join us at Sterling Forest for our geology program and wonder no more. In this program, we will explore the basics of geology like mountain formation, and what makes Sterling Forest and the Hudson Highlands so unique. End the day by breaking open geodes and discovering how beautiful geology can be! Everyone is welcome, but this program is geared towards children ages 5-13.

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

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Aug
Skulls, Bones and Beaks
Saturday, August 24, 2019 01:00 PM
Sterling Forest State Park
(845) 351-5907

Skulls and bones are much more than just Halloween decorations or props used on the set of a horror movie. Join us at Sterling Forest and learn more about the not so spooky world of bones! Learn how to read the stories that bones tell, like what an animal eats, how well it can see, and why chicken bones are hollow. Then finish up the day by making a skull of your very own! The activity is open to all but is geared towards children ages 6-13. No need to bring anything; all will be provided and be prepared to have fun!

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