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Lake Tiorati - Harriman State Park
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One of the most pleasant locations in Bear Mountain State Park is Lake Tiorati. You can find the lake along Seven Lakes Drive, between the Route 106 traffic circle at Lake Kanawauke and west of the traffic circle where Route 6, Seven Lakes Drive and the Palisades Parkway meet.

Lake Tiorati facilities include the swimming beach, changing rooms and a large picnic area with plenty of tables under the shade of the trees. Lake Tiorati is a favorite of locals, so if you want to spend a lazy summers day under the trees and swimming in the brisk mountain lake, make sure to arrive early!

For larger swimming beaches go to either Lake Welch or Lake Sebago, both of which have large sandy beaches, changing rooms and snack facilities. Ample parking can be found at both as well as vast picnic areas where you are sure to find a perfect spot.

A few hundred yards north of the traffic circle in the photograph you will find the Appalachian Trail as it traverses Bear Mountain State Park. In one direction you can hike up to the top of Fingerboard Mountain, in the other to the top of Stockbridge Mountain. Both directions will provide you with stunning views, immerse you in nature and surround you in the peace and quiet of the park. Either direction is less than a mile to the top of the mountains.

Both Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks are criss crossed by seemingly endless miles of hiking trails. The Appalachian Trail and Long Path are just two of them, if the most famous. If you want to have the ideal hiking experience close to New York City, then here is the place for you. Make sure to pick up a detailed map of the trails either from the NY-NJ Trail Conference or from one of the many concession stands or ranger stations in the park. Either source will give you great maps leading you to days of spectacular hiking in the Hudson Highlands past marshes, mountains, crystal clear mountain lakes, abandoned Revolutionary Era iron mines and down to the Hudson River itself.

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