Huckleberry Ridge State Forest

Photo

High Point Monument from the Lenape Ridge Trail. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

Location


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Park Overview:

Huckleberry Ridge State Forest is located in the southernmost section of the Shawangunk Ridge in New York State, near the New Jersey-Pennsylvania border.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:Dogs off leash
Trail Miles:11 miles
Park Acreage:1510 acres
City/County/
State:
Deer Park and
Greenville/Orange/NY
Buy Trail Map:
Web Map:Huckleberry Ridge State Forest Trail Map
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

At the turn of the 21st century, no state forest land existed at the southern end of the Shawangunk Ridge in Orange County.  Now, more than 1,500 acres in and around Port Jervis have been protected as a result of cooperative efforts by the NY-NJ Trail Conference, the Open Space Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and the Orange County Land Trust, in conjunction with the NY Department of Environmental Conservation.  For a fuller description see a news release from the Trail Conference (ignore the 2011 map contained in the article, use web map link above).

Camping is allowed as long as you are 150 feet away from any road, trail or water source.

Trails Overview:

The Shawangunk Ridge Trail (SRT -- blue blazes) passes through this forest.  Additional major trails include the Lenape Ridge (R) and the Minisink (Y) trails. To view the entire net work of trails use the Web Map link.    

Click for a detailed description of a hike in the forest.

 

Directions:

Parking is available at the end of Raymond Drive (trailhead of the Lenape Ridge Trail) and a cul-de-sac at the end of Lakeside Drive, near Lake Hawthorne in Greenville. The SRT re-enters the woods at the end of Lakeside Drive, and a white-blazed trail (the old route of the SRT) starts here.

Parking is also available along Route 6 near the Deerpark-Greenville town line. This is the location of the trailhead for the Minisink Trail (yellow DEC markers). Additional parking is off the Old Greenville Turnpike in Deerpark. This is where the Lenape Ridge Trail (red blazes) enters the woods (see below). It is also the other trailhead for the Minisink Trail.

One additional DEC parking area is located on the Greenville Turnpike in Greenville. The SRT turns here off the road, into the woods.

Public Transportation: Take NJ Transit's Main/Bergen/Port Jervis Line to the Port Jervis station. From the station, take the Delaware River Heritage Trail for about two miles to the Route 6 bridge over the Neversink River. Near a DRHT historic sign on the west bank of the river, look for three red blazes on a telephone pole, indicating the trailhead of the Lenape Ridge Trail. Follow the trail across the bridge, then turn left onto Minisink Avenue, which changes into Old Greenville Turnpike  The trail follows this road for about half a mile until it enters the woods on the left, at a DEC parking area.

Contact Information:NY Department of Environmental Conservation -- Region 3
8452563000
Region:Shawangunk Ridge Trail
Fees:None

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Another hike in the area: Minisink Battleground Park

Here's a link to another intersting hike int the area:   http://gonehikin.blogspot.com/2015/10/minisink-battleground-park-ny.html...

New trail completed

In early June 2015 an Americorps crew of four started constructing a new trail in Huckleberry Ridge State Forest, connecting the Lenape Ridge Trail with the Shawangunk Ridge Trail and the new parking area at the end of Raymond Drive. This trail was finished July 10, and blazed 7/14/15.