Harriman State Park, Pine Meadow Lake
This is one of my favorite lakes in New York. It has crystal clear blue water, and large rocks that are perfect for lounging. I heard somewhere that this lake is fed by a spring, and that is why it’s so clear. It’s fairly remote, so even though spectacular, there weren’t too many people there. The clear blue water looks like something from the Caribbean, and it’s quite warm too.
There are two places to swim, and when you first arrive you will come to a large slab of rock that slopes down into the water, which is where most people hang out. It is easy for kids to get in and out of the water here, and has a large flat surface for setting up a picnic. Right across the water is a small peninsula of land, and this area has multiple places to wade into the water. There is also a large fire pit on the peninsula. The hike around the lake has a lot of interesting features, including abandoned houses and wells, and an old cemetery. I’ve heard reports that this lake is popular amongst nudists.
To get there, take NY-17 North into Sloatsburg, NY, and just after the downtown area you’ll take a right onto Seven Lakes Dr. (there with be signs guiding you). Take Seven Lakes Dr. for 4.2 miles and then take a left at the road for the boat launch, which is where you can park. Walk down Seven Lakes Dr. from the way you came for 3/4 mile, and you’ll come to a bridge. Slightly before the bridge on your left will be a trail (see map linked below). This is the Tuxedo-Mount Ivy trail (red), you’ll want to take this trail for about five minutes, and then get on the Hillburn Torne Sebago trail (orange). This trail will bring you up to the top of a tall peak and can be strenuous at times. From here take either of the Diamond Mountain Tower trails (yellow), and finally, a left on the Pine Meadow trail (red). You won’t be on the Pine Meadow trail for long before you see the lake on your right. There are other routes to get here, from different parking spots, so you can refer to the linked map if you want to try something different. Taking the Pine Meadow trail the whole way is longer but I’ve been told it’s much easier.
When I came here, I actually walked back the way I just described to you. I ended up here after visiting Lake Wanoksink and walked down one of the grey trails to here, and it’s only a 15 minute hike. This lake is just as clear and blue but a little more isolated and not as crowded.
- 50-60 min.
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