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Hiking In Suffern!

Updated: Dec 30, 2018

Make the most of your outdoor excursions in Suffern – Explore Harriman State Park!

Welcome to Suffern, nestled in the foothills of Harriman State Park. There’s an abundance of hiking trails in the area beginning with our own Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail (SBM). A quick 20 minute hike up the trail rewards the hiker with sweeping views of Suffern, Mahwah and onward toward the NYC skyline on the horizon. Northward, the trail extends 23.5 rugged miles to Bear Mountain, making it the longest trail in Harriman State Park.

The trail head is situated within walking distance of our train station and main street. Just follow the painted yellow trail blazes (scroll down for transportation and parking info). For technical details on the SBM Trail and others, click NY/NJ Trail Conference or you can visit the stunning grounds of the NYNJTC at 600 Ramapo Valley Road, in Mahwah, NJ, just under 4 miles from Suffern. Be sure to pick up a Harriman Bear Mountain Map! You can also purchase a download here!

Another great source is Click Suffern & Harriman State Park for a write-up by Suzy of the trail town corridor’s most referred to website. Read her other articles, Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail, 83 Years Ago: “A Stiff New Trail Calls to Hikers”and Hike the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail. Visit the Explore Harriman Facebook Page where the trail towns post news and interesting details on hiking, climbing, kayaking, where to dine or stay.


Review Suffern’s Restaurant Directory. There is a great selection of cuisines ranging from American, Latin, Indian, Chinese and Japanese. You’ll also find NYS Craft Beer as well as wine from our local vineyard. And Suffern always offers plenty of live entertainment.

Staying Overnight?

You can sign-up with Airbnb Suffern. There are many great rooms/homes/apartments available! For more cushier accomodations, contact The Crowne Plazaor Torne Valley Vineyards. And for a fantastic, more remote sweet spot, you must visit, the AMC’s Harriman Outdoor Center!

Getting Around & Transporation!

Join Base Camp 17, a Facebook Page devoted to connecting car-less (or one-way) hikers and backpackers with volunteer drivers in the Hudson Valley area. Be sure to read the description on the page for the “how-to”!

Train info – NJ Transit

Bus info – Coach USA

For info on our local Rockland TOR Bus Line #93 to the Kakiat Trail in the Village of Montebello and to the Pine Meadow Trail in the Village of Sloatsburg, visit our Parking & Transit Page here.

The Trail Town Corridor – Suffern, Hillburn, Sloatsburg & Tuxedo.

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