Appalachian Mountain Club Kicks Off First Full Summer Season at Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center - Appalachian Mountain Club

Appalachian Mountain Club Kicks Off First Full Summer Season at Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center

May 17, 2017

New guided programming offered for families, volunteers, and outdoor leadership

Harriman State Park, NY – The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center, operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), today welcomed back guests for its first full summer season with an expanded slate of guided programs. AMC’s newest outdoor destination, overlooking tranquil Breakneck Pond, reopened last July following a $2 million renovation by AMC and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC). The Outdoor Center was recently renamed to recognize the Corman family for their generous, longtime support of AMC.

This summer, AMC will expand its staff-guided programming here by introducing several long-running AMC family, volunteer, and outdoor leadership programs that include:

  • Multi-day, all-inclusive Family Adventures, including Intro to Family Camping and “Wee Wanderers” for families with kids ages 3-5.
  • Adult Volunteer Trail Vacation week to help rehabilitate and build the two-mile Pond Loop Trail around Breakneck, adding to the efforts of four volunteer Teen Trail Crews first offered last season.
  • Mountain Leadership School, AMC’s signature wilderness leadership training program for nearly 60 years.
  • AMC’s Teen Wilderness Adventures program returns with introductory backpacking trips to explore Harriman State Park while hiking from one backcountry campsite to the next.

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Convenient to the Hudson Valley and New York City (and accessible by public transportation), the Outdoor Center is a quick and easy getaway to hike, canoe and kayak, swim, and camp in the midst of beautiful Harriman State Park. Guest accommodations range from private, family-sized cabins and group lodges with waterfront views (both with private or shared bath) to tent platforms and three-sided shelters for camping. Breakneck Pond is steps away, beckoning guests to relax in the Adirondack chairs on the floating dock, go for a swim, or paddle around in the canoes and kayaks (free for guest use) to explore this quiet, scenic gem.

Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center Opens for 2017 Season

This summer guests can also look forward to new staff-led themed fun nights throughout July and August, including board games on Mondays, nature crafts on Wednesdays, and campfire nights on Fridays.

Freshly-prepared, locally-sourced dinners served on the outdoor patio overlooking the pond are a popular à la carte amenity for guests, and this year AMC is sourcing farm fresh produce from Blooming Hill Farm in New York’s Black Dirt Region, known for its nutrient rich soil. Family-style breakfasts and to-go trail lunches are also available, allowing guests to opt for an all-inclusive stay, self-service, or a mix of both.

Dinner served on patio at Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center

The Outdoor Center is accessible to Harriman State Park’s extensive hiking trail network, including nearby Pine Meadow Lake, Cranberry Mountain, Buck, and Breakneck Mountain Trails, with connecting trails to the Long Path.

For public transportation to the Outdoor Center, AMC shuttle service is available by reservation for pick-up and drop-off from the NJ Transit Tuxedo station.

Reservations and rates:
Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center is open to the public by advance reservation for overnight stays, with optional meal service also offered by advance reservation. Cabins and bunkhouses are available on a per-cabin or per-bunkhouse basis. Non-member rates range from $119 per night for cabins that can accommodate up to four people to $549 per night for larger group cabins or bunkhouses that can accommodate from 12 to 16 people. Shelter and tent platform rates vary from individual reservations to group blocks. Guided programs rates vary. Discounted lodging and program rates are available for AMC members.

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


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