Lodge opens to public following multi-million dollar renovation
Harriman State Park, NY – Starting this July 4th weekend, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is welcoming guests to its AMC Harriman Outdoor Center overlooking Breakneck Pond in New York’s Harriman State Park, following a $2 million renovation by AMC and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC). Convenient to New York City and accessible by public transportation, AMC’s newest lodge is a quick and easy outdoor escape to hike, canoe and kayak, swim, and camp surrounded by 46,000-acre Harriman State Park, the second-largest park in the New York State Parks system.
For reservations, visit www.outdoors.org/harriman.
“AMC’s investment in Harriman Outdoor Center speaks volumes about our commitment to getting more people outdoors close to home in the New York metro area,” said John D. Judge, President and CEO, Appalachian Mountain Club. “We’re excited to be working in partnership with the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and New York State Parks to support a common goal of revitalizing state park resources and providing increased access for exploring these beautiful, natural places.”
Harriman Outdoor Center is open to the public by advance reservation and offers a range of overnight experiences, including family cabins with private or shared bath, bunkhouses with shared bath, tent platforms for camping, and three-sided shelters. Separate group meeting spaces and a dining hall with waterfront views make it an ideal destination for larger gatherings, such as scouting, school, faith-based, and youth groups, as well as family reunions and corporate outings.
Additional guest amenities include a designated swimming area with a floating dock that provides an enclosed wading space for young children, an outdoor patio overlooking Breakneck Pond, and an open-air pavilion. Dinner and breakfast are available to guests with advance reservations, in addition to trail lunches.
The lodge’s hidden away location on 64-acre Breakneck Pond has been a destination for enjoying Harriman State Park’s natural beauty and recreational resources since 1929. AMC announced last year that it had signed an agreement with PIPC as part of a long-term lease to renovate a former youth camp at this location and operate a new lodge and outdoor program center. PIPC invested in needed infrastructure improvements, including restoring utilities and water to the site. In doing renovations, AMC preserved the character of the cabins and other buildings in the same style found throughout the park.
In addition to swimming and paddling on Breakneck Pond, with canoes and kayaks available for guest use, the lodge offers trail access to Harriman State Park’s extensive trail network, including nearby Pine Meadow Lake, Cranberry Mountain, Buck, and Breakneck Mountain Trails, with connecting trails to the Long Path.
“Breakneck Pond is a stunning place with a special, secluded quality, while at the same time being so easy to get to,” said James Hall, Executive Director of PIPC. “We are thrilled to see this recreational resource continue serving youth and also welcome new audiences as it reopens to the public after so many years.”
Harriman Outdoor Center will be an important base for numerous AMC programs as well, allowing AMC to further expand its Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) serving urban and lower-income communities as the program continues to grow in the New York City area.
This summer, AMC’s teen volunteer trail crews will work to reclaim the two-mile Pond Loop Trail around Breakneck, and eventually backcountry camping sites will be added. AMC will further partner with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to help maintain the surrounding state park trail network.
AMC chapters are offering an extensive slate of programs open to the public, including yoga, canoeing and kayaking, bird watching, hiking, and more.
Along with programs based at Harriman Outdoor Center, AMC’s long-running Teen Wilderness Adventures program has expanded to Harriman State Park to offer introductory backpacking trips on the Long Path and Appalachian Trail this summer.
“Harriman Outdoor Center is a shining example of our goals for the NY Parks 2020 Plan, and we look forward to seeing AMC realize this location’s full potential for connecting more people with our state parks,” said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
AMC has been active in the New York City area for over a century, and today offers hundreds of hiking, paddling, cycling, and other outdoor trips each year through AMC’s New York-North Jersey Chapter, works with partners to maintain and protect trails, offers youth outdoor leadership programs, publishes books and maps, and is involved with conservation issues across the region.
Reservations and rates:
For reservations, visit www.outdoors.org/harriman or call 603-466-2727. Harriman Outdoor Center is open to the public as registered overnight guests and program participants. Cabins and bunkhouses are available on a per-cabin or per-bunkhouse basis. Per-cabin non-member rates start at $96 per night for up to four people. Per-lodge rates start at $312 per night for up to 16 people. Shelters and tent platforms are available individually or as complete blocks at a starting rate of $18 per tent platform per night or $90 per night for a block of six tent platforms. Per-shelter rates start at $36 per night. Discounted lodging and program rates are available for AMC members. Shuttle service is available from the NJ Transit Tuxedo station by reservation.
Media: For downloadable, high-resolution images and a map of Harriman Outdoor Center and Breakneck Pond, visit AMC’s newsroom at www.outdoors.org/about/newsroom/new-york.
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. AMC helps people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., guidebooks and maps, and unique lodges and huts, AMC helps people get outdoors on their own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. AMC invites the public to support its conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and care of 1,800 miles of trails. More information is available at www.outdoors.org.