Generally located in the Town of Wallkill, with a small portion extending into the Town of Crawford, Highland Lakes State Park consists of more than 3,115 undeveloped acres. “In 1964, the [Palisades Interstate Park] Commission purchased more than 50 parcels - a total of 800 acres or so - in the Town of Wallkill, in Orange County. These purchases marked the beginning of Highland Lakes State Park, a pristine preserve near the busy corner created by Interstate 84 and State Route 17. Over the following years, Highland Lakes has nearly quadrupled in size.” (The Palisades Parks Conservancy)
Visitors use the park for fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and flying model planes. The Long Path passes through the park and is the only marked trail. An expansive network of unmarked woods roads provide an opportunity to traverse the park via a number of loops. A permit is required for use of the bridle paths.