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Sterling Forest State Park

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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.

      

    Archery: October 1, 2016          

    This year, in the hunting area north of 17A and east of Doris Duke only, we will allow small game hunting with fire arms beginning October 1, 2016. This is a one year trial program. 

    Firearms will not be allowed in any other section of the park until November 1, 2016.

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.

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

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:

Archery: October 1, 2016

This year, in the hunting area north of 17A and east of Doris Duke only, we will allow small game hunting with fire arms beginning October 1, 2016. This is a one year trial program.

Firearms will not be allowed in any other section of the park until November 1, 2016.

Sterling Forest Hunting Map

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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
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Recreation Programs
  • Snowshoeing Trails