Sloatsburg is the gateway to Upstate NY and Harriman State Park. It’s where the Ramapo Mountains meet the Hudson River. The historic village is located at the west end of famous 7 lakes drive which goes all the way to the Hudson River past lakes and mountain through 70,000 acres of forever wild parkland.
Only 30 minutes from the George Washington bridge by car with a train stop in the village where you will find lots of places to eat and drink and about a mile walk to the trail head at Reeves Meadow. For day hikers I suggest starting at Reeves meadow, you can choose between a chill hike along the brook to a hidden lake and bike or take 7 Hills trail for a more advanced hike with ridge lines, scrambles and big views. You will find yourself back at the brook after about 2.5 hours and you can follow it back to the trail head or you can cross the brook and add the 5th hill to add about 90 minutes. I recommend you down load all trails free app before heading out.
Before or after your hike Sloatsburg has many places to eat and drink, all walkable from he train station.
"It's hard to believe Harriman State Park and adjacent Sterling Forest is so close to Manhattan with 70,000 acres of forever wild parkland. There are mountain to climb and lakes to kayak" Michael Bruno
"I recommend the Brook Trail if you want a beautiful and very doable zen trail along the brook until you get to hidden Pine Lake. It's an out and back and takes about 2.5 to 3:00 hours.
For a more adventurous hike, I take the 7 Hills trail. I often do the first four hills, then come back along the brook, 2.5 to 3 hours. I usually do it in under two hours. There is about a 1,400 ft elevation gain. If you would like to extend the hike go to the fifth hill across the brook and loop back. The fifth hill will also add another 60-90 minutes and make the total elevation gain about 1,800 ft.
We recommend that you download All Trails App before heading out." Michael Bruno
"A short walk to the train and lots of healthy snacks and baked goods. Mostly organic produce and specialty beverages for the trail." Michael Bruno
"Valley Rock Inn is like an oasis in the middle of a food desert, all the produce in their market looks as fresh as if I picked it myself that morning. It is not to be missed on your way Upstate." Benoist Drut
“When I’m preparing for a small dinner party I always stop in to Valley Rock Market for fresh flowers, prepared dishes and last minute treats for my guests.