Furnace Loop/Indian Hill Loop Trails from Hall Road


This hike passes the historic Southfields Furnace and climbs to the Indian Hill Loop Trail, which offers several viewpoints of the surrounding countryside and crosses numerous old stone walls.

3 hours
4.3 miles
Route Type:
Allowed on leash
Views, Historic feature
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Web Map:

Sterling Forest State Park Information Center Trail Map (available at visitor center)

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First Published:
Daniel Chazin


Sterling Forest State Park. Photo by Daniel Chazin.


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Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
Driving Directions

Take N.Y. Route 17 North through Sloatsburg and Tuxedo, and continue on Route 17 past the intersection with NY 17A into Southfields. About 1.3 miles beyond the intersection with NY 17A, turn left onto Orange Turnpike (County Route 19). In 0.6 mile, turn left onto Hall Drive and park in a parking area on the left side of the road at a curve.


From the parking area, proceed ahead (north) on Hall Drive,heading uphill and following the white blazes of the Wildcat

The Quarries in Sylvan Glen Park Preserve

Westchester County

Postcard of quarry


1895 "Golden Granite" discovered

1925-1941 Grenci & Ellis operated the quarry

1950s buildings still standing

1950s Mogul Park ran a day camp for residents

1952 gasline went through - expanded in 1956

1981 Town of Yorktown purchased as parkland - trails established by the Yorktown Land Trust

1989 Town acquired Goldschmidt property but not declared parkland until 2009

2010 Trails in new section of park built by Yorktown Community Trails Program of NYNJTC

2015 The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in NYC contacted the Parks Department to see if they could purchase more stone to finish the Cathedral. The answer was no because it is parkland and thus protected.

Reference Materials

Other historic features in the park

  • Lime Kiln and shell middens (on gasline west of Turtle Pond Trail (white) crossing)
  • Quarry Oak (approximately 400-500 year old white oak - 220 inch circumference, 104 feet height, 102 feet spread) Big Tree rating 349.5.
  • Riding ring which is the Ring Trail

Sparta Glen Park



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Park Overview:

Located in a unique ravine with great natural beauty and historical interest. A short moderately steep climb leads to an excellent view of Lake Mohawk.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:1 miles
Park Acreage:120 acres
Sparta Township/Sussex/NJ
Buy Trail Map:Jersey Highlands: Central North Region Trails Map
Park Description:

Follow the rules and keep dogs on leash in this park. Coyotees have been sighted in the area. The park is closed during the winter.

Trails Overview:

A couple of trail options are available for reaching the outstanding viewpoint overlooking Lake Mohawk.

  1. From the second parking area (first parking lot on the right after going through gated entrance), a blue trail begins opposite the parking lot and soon meets up with a green trail that can be taken up the mountain to the overlook.
  2. From the third parking area (at the end of the paved road), an unmarked trail begins in the right corner of the parking area and climbs, sometimes steeply (and involving some moderate climbing), to the overlook.
Directions: From Exit 34B on US RT-80W merge onto NJ-15 N. Take the exit toward Sparta/Lake Mohawk Business District. Turn right at Blue Heron Rd. Continue straight onto NJ-181 N/Woodport Rd.Turn  right at E Mountain Rd. Turn left at Co Rd 620/Glen Rd. Turn right into park.
Contact Information:Sparta Township
Region:New York City

Batona Trail


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Park Overview:

A 50 mile trail that connects three state forests in the heart of the Pinelands.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Trail Miles:49.5 miles
Park Acreage:
Web Map:Batona Trail Brochure
Park Description:

Extending 49.5 miles through the heart of the Pinelands, the Batona Trail [pink] is the longest blazed hiking trail in southern New Jersey.

Trails Overview:

To pierce the genuine wilderness of the area, the Batona Trail avoids the sand roads as much as possible. Still, about 20% of the treadway is soft sand, which makes for slower-than-expected progress in parts of this mostly level trail. Good starting points for the trips on the trail are the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest headquarters and the Batsto Visitor Center. Trail maps and information may be obtained there, as well as at the Atsion Ranger Station and the Bass River Forest Office. A permit is required to camp along the trail in state forests.


For more information about the trail, contact Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village, 4110 Nesco Road, Hammonton, NJ  08037 [phone number below].

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The southern terminus of the Batona Trail is near the junction of French Coal Road and Stage Road, near Lake Absegami, in the Bass River State Forest. Its northern terminus is at Ong’s Hat on Magnolia Road in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest [1.5 miles northwest of Four Mile Circle]. Click on the map tab at the top of this page for directions to these points.

Contact Information:NJ DEP, Division of Parks and Forestry

Taconic State Park


On South Taconic Trail. Photo by Georgette Weir.


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Park Overview:

The trail system of the Southern Taconics features two parallel trails running north-south:  the 21.4-mile South Taconic Trail following the western range and escarpment, and a 16.5-mile section of the Appalachian Trail on the eastern range.  

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:50 miles
Park Acreage:7000 acres
Copake Falls/Columbia/NY
Buy Trail Map:South Taconic Trails Map
Web Map:Trail Maps provided by NYState Parks
Buy Book:New York Walk Book

Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

East of the Harlem Valley of New York and west of the Housatonic Valley of Connecticut and Massachusetts rise the Taconics.  They extend north through western Massachusetts and eastern New Yor

Trails Overview:

The trail system of the Southern Taconics features two parallel trails running north-south:  the 21.4-mile South Taconic Trail following the western range and escarpment, and a 16.5-mile section of the Appalachian Trail on the eastern range.  Other hiking routes consist mostly of side trails ascending to the highland from the valleys on either side.  This system provides for circuit hikes, some of which include stretches of unpaved road.

  • The highly scenic South Taconic Trail lies mostly in Taconic State Park and Mount Washington State Forest along the western escarpment and range of the southern Taconics.  The trail may be divided into two sections that together span 21.4 miles.
    • South Taconic Trail, Southern Section [15.2 miles; white] goes from Rudd Pond Farms to NY 344, and includes steep, very rough sections. 
      • From the lower lot parking area on Route 344, it is worth hiking the Iron Works Trail [0.4 mile, green] to the Iron Works Museum and observe a beautifully restored furnace with related historical information and photographs.  
    • South Taconic Trail, Northern Section [6.2 miles; white] goes from NY 344 to NY 23.
  • The route of the Appalachian Trail through the southern Taconics lies entirely within Connecticut and Massachusetts.  For a description see Appalachian Trail Guide to Massachusetts-Connecticut.  The NY/NJ Trail Conference map South Taconic Trails shows this section of the AT and its feeder trails from Lions Head in Connecticut to Battlesite Monument in Massachusetts. 
  • A 4.0-mile segment of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail extends south from the Copake Falls area and a 1.2-mile segment extends north.

Click to find detailed descriptions of hikes in the park.


To reach Taconic State Park, take Taconic Parkway, exit at Claverack-Hillsdale Exit. Take Route 23 east for 8 miles into Hillsdale. Turn right onto Route 22 south and go 4 miles to Copake Falls. Turn left onto Route 344 east. Park entrance will be ½ mile on the left.

Contact Information:Taconic State Park -- Copake Falls Area
Friends Group:Friends of Taconic State Park
Region:Southern Taconics
Fees:Some times and places; check with park
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