Cranberry Lake Preserve Loop

Cranberry Lake Preserve

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Cranberry Lake stone wall and "Stone Chamber." Photo by Daniel Chazin. Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Cranberry Lake stone wall and Cranberry Lake Preserve - Photo: Jane Daniels Cranberry Lake Preserve - Photo: Jane Daniels

Remenants of quarry operations, old stone walls,a small cascade, and scenic Cranberry Lake are features on this hike at Cranberry Lake Preserve. 

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Although comprising only 190 acres, Cranberry Lake Preserve is surrounded on several sides by...

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June 05, 2016
were any  of these issues
<p>were any &nbsp;of these issues taken care of .... Or are the trails good to go?</p>
March 11, 2016
Cranberry Lake Confusion
<p>My husband and i did this little hike on 3/11/16, near the end of a winter that was oddly warm and had very little precipitation of any kind. It was extremely hard to find the Preserve coming from the north (we wish your "find-a-hike" section included directions for people coming from north of Rockland or Putnam counties). Then when we got there, we found the blazes on the trails to be few and far between -- and confusing. (The "purple" blazes consist of a faint, washed-out pink on a white square, for example.) To make matters worse, the maps at the Nature Center are black-and-white and it's hard to read the legend for the blazes. Worst of all, when you can figure out the preserve's map, it doesn't match the NYNJTC map! We're glad we stopped at the nature center, though, because they told us that two of the bridges mentioned in your directions are washed out. Also, it was very muddy and even a bit buggy, despite this being early March!</p> <p>All in all, we were a bit disappointed.</p>
August 13, 2012
Virtual Tour of Cranberry Lake Preserve!
<p>Great Description of a wonderful hike! Check out's description of this beautiful preserve!</p> <p></p> <p>Packed with photos!</p>
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