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High Tor State Park
Haverstraw Village from High Tor State Park.jpg
View from atop High Tor Mountain with the Village of Haverstraw, the Hudson River, and Westchester County in the distance.
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Type State park
Location 415 South Mountain Road
New City, New York
Nearest city Haverstraw, New York
Area 691 acres (2.80 km2)
Created 1943 (1943)
Operated by
Visitors 21,524 (in 2014)
Website High Tor State Park

High Tor State Park is a 691-acre (2.80 km2) state park on the north edge of the Town of Clarkstown in Rockland County, New York, United States. The park is located on South Mountain, which has two peaks, High Tor and Little Tor. Its highest peak, High Tor, is 797 feet (243 m) high.

Park description

High Tor State Park is intended for day use during the summer months, and contains picnic tables, a pool and showers, hiking trails, and a food concession. The Long Path passes through the park.

View from Bowline Pond Toward High Tor
An early photograph from across the Hudson River looking toward the Village of Haverstraw and the High Tor and Little Tor peaks.

The park contains two peaks: High Tor at 797 feet (243 m), and Little Tor at 620 feet (190 m). They are the highest peaks in not only the park, but in all of the Hudson Palisades. The skyline of New York City can be seen from the summit of High Tor.

High Tor was used as a signal point during the American Revolution for the colonists, and was used as an air raid watch during World War II. Famous composer Kurt Weill worked as an air raid warden there.

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