The Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee


Hunting Season Guide

Hunting Season Guidelines


It's best to wear blaze orange when you're in the woods at this time of year.  


Bear Mountain/Harriman State Parks (Orange and Rockland Counties)

Most of this region, with 235 miles of marked trails, is a safe haven for hikers during deer hunting season. Hunting areas in Harriman State Park (as well as Sterling Forest State Park) have been expanded to include essentially all park areas west of NY Route 17.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve (Ulster County)

A vast portion of this favorite hiking destination--basically, the area south of Fly Brook and Sanders Kill--is off-limits to hunters. A hunting map provided by the park shows the zones.

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (Westchester County)
There is no gun hunting in all of Westchester County, so all parks and preserves are relatively safe havens for walkers (bow hunting is permitted in season in some areas). Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is the county's largest open space: 4,700 acres with nearly 42 miles of hiking trails.

Staten Island Greenbelt (New York City)
This is a good time to explore new places. Visit this unique network of trails (28 miles all totaled) in New York City's outer borough.

Walkway Over the Hudson (Dutchess County) & Franny Reese State Park (Ulster County)
Accessible by public transportation (Metro North to Poughkeepsie), this newer state park offers a good stretch of the legs over the Hudson River. A loop hike of almost 4 miles is possible by adding the Mid-Hudson Bridge. You can even include a walk in the woods by hiking the trails in the connecting Franny Reese State Park. Fall is a good time to visit this hillside park along the Hudson; the leaves are down and there are excellent views over the river and bridges.



The pressure of the growing deer herd is prompting limited hunt seasons in many, if not most, New Jersey open space areas. The following recommendations include notes about hunt days, if they are scheduled.

New Jersey Section of Palisades Interstate Park (Bergen County)

Enjoy more than 25 miles of trails at this stunning linear park, which connects to more miles of trails on the New York side of the border.

Campgaw Mountain and Ramapo Valley County Reservations (Bergen County)

Combined, these two parks in north Jersey offer more than 5,000 wooded acres and nearly 30 miles of trails.

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (Morris County)

30 miles of trails, two mountains, and interesting rocks, including the ever popular Tripod Rock.  Hunting is permitted on several days December through February: 12/4, 12/11, 12/13, 12/18, 1/6, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/24, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13.

Garret Mountain Reservation (Passaic County)

Explore four trails and a castle and enjoy outstanding views of the New York City skyline and High Mountain.

South Mountain Reservation (Essex County)

The park's 2,047 acres contain five marked hiking trails, many miles of carriage roads and bridle paths, views of falls, millponds, and--off in the distance--Manhattan.

Bonus Hike Area!

Watchung Reservation (Union County)

Miles of trails, Surprise Lake, plus a deserted village.

NOTE: Sunday hunting is NOT allowed in most NJ parks

However ---

Except for some WMAs there is no hunting on Sundays in state and county parks in New Jersey including Newark watershed land.  But wear orange just in case as a precaution.

For more information or to obtain maps of the above areas, contact the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference,, or at 600 Ramapo Valley Rd; Mahwah, NJ 07430-1199, (201) 512-9348


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