Goosepond Mountain State Park, NY
Park Information
Goosepond Mountain consists of 1,558 pristine acres, about six miles west of the New York State Thruway, in the town of Chester, Orange County.

Goosepond Mountain Park is a mixture of woods, fields, and wetlands. It is a haven for many native species, including many songbirds. The park was acquired with funds from the New York Bond Acts of 1960 and 1962, and remains true to its original purpose as recreation lands.

Please note: Park is undeveloped -- there are no toilets and there is limited parking. Open year round.
Things To Do & See
This undeveloped park is popular for horseback riding and hiking. The Highlands Trail runs along the old path of Lazy Hill Road, which has been converted from a paved road to a graded hiking trail. Goosepond is also an excellent place for bird watching and nature study.
Horseback Riding
Bird Watching & Nature Study
The old Lazy Hill Road is a designated bridle path and is used regularly as such. Access is on the north end of the park, at 17M.
In addition to the 2.5 mile section of the Highlands Trail that runs northeast-southwest near the center of the park, there are many unmarked trails in Goosepond Mountain. Be careful when following these trails as it is easy to get lost. According to the NY-NJ Trail Conference, there is no detailed map of the park.

Goosepond Mountain State Park
Goosepond Mountain State Park is an undeveloped park. As such, it has become a haven for wildlife. If you're interested in learning about the plants and animals in your backyard, Goosepond is a great place to start.
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