Doris Duke Trail

Sterling Forest State Park

Wetland along the Doris Duke Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin Wetland along the Doris Duke Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike passes by interesting cliffs and a scenic marsh and climbs to a panoramic viewpoint.

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This hike traverses the Doris Duke Wildlife Sanctuary, a section of Sterling Forest State Park where hunting is not permitted. It follows the new Doris Duke Trail, which was recently improved, under the auspices of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, by volunteers and AmeriCorps crews.


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November 05, 2017
Nice loop for an afternoon
I did this loop on a misty, foggy afternoon in early November, and I had the whole trail to myself. It's a nice way to spend a couple hours, and I'd say certainly accessible to a range of abilities with a nice moderate climb. You can't miss the beaver dam in the pond early in the trail, and I saw a few deer in the second half. I can't speak to the views, since visibility wasn't great, but the spooky misty ambiance made up for that.
September 08, 2016
A nice walk...
A lot of care and planning went into the construction of this trail and it shows....  Very accessible to people of all abilities... Nice combination of leisurely walking with a couple of moderately challenging uphills.  Some nice views to be had ( moreso when the leaves are off the trees....  Trail is easy to follow when leaves are off the ground but one needs to be a bit more vigilant to see the rather small trail markers at those times that the trail is obscured by leaf fall.....  A great hike to take when you don't wan't to spend the whole day on trail....
February 21, 2016
I have hiked many trails in this area. I have seen snakes,deer and a fox. No bears and it is a nice hike.
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