Harriman Connection Property Photo Courtesy The Open Space Institute

OSI Acquires Harriman Connection Property to Improve Access to Harriman State Park’s Western Edge

TUXEDO, NY (May 21, 2018)— Building on a 20-year legacy in the Hudson Highlands, the Open Space Institute (OSI) has announced the conservation of land that will expand Harriman State Park and allow for greater public transportation access to the park.  The newly acquired property is located less than a mile from the Harriman Metro-North train station. 

The 395-acre “Harriman Connection” property was purchased by OSI for $3,285,000 from a trust of the Northrop-Friedman families. Once conveyed to the state, the addition will offer hikers, runners and cyclists a new, western entrance point to Harriman State Park. Access to the Long Path, a celebrated long-distance hiking trail that runs just east of the property, will also be improved once OSI constructs a trail and parking lot on nearby Arden Valley Road. 

The “Harriman Connection” property improves access to a 4-mile network of carriage roads and trails, protected by OSI in 2017.
Image Credit: Terrence Nolan

The “Harriman Connection” property links a 4-mile network of carriage roads and trails, protected by OSI in 2017, and makes it more easily available for public use and enjoyment. Originally owned by the Harriman family, the carriage roads wind their way eastward over stone culverts and waterfalls though Harriman State Park.

“Improving access to New York’s public lands is at the core of OSI’s parks work,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO.  ““The addition of this property will make the park more easily accessible through mass transit and while expanding recreation opportunities for park visitors. We applaud the New York State Office of Parks for their continuing commitment to improving our public lands public enjoyment.”

“State Parks offer some of the best places to explore and discover New York’s great outdoors and I am thrilled with our efforts in improving and expanding accessibility into our parks,” said Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey. “The addition of the Harriman Connection property will provide a vital link in connecting families and visitors with the countless camping, swimming, hiking and fishing opportunities that Harriman State Park provides.”

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