Appalachian Mountain Club

Explore Harriman With AMC in 2021

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

With declining Covid cases and increased vaccinations, this spring is looking a lot rosier than last year with a full season of activities planned. “While we may start off maintaining our reduced size and some of our Covid precautions, there’s a chance by end of summer/early fall that we may be able to if not move back into ‘fully normal,’ then something that looks much more like normal by the end of the summer,” says Herb Zoota, the Facilities and Services Chair for the AMC New York-North Jersey Chapter. 

Zoota oversees the Harriman Program Committee, Wilderness First Aid, the Fire Island Cabin, and the Trails Committee. He’s looking forward to a full season of hiking, canoeing, kayaking, yoga, and activities for members at The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center. The 26-acre camp on Breakneck Pond in Harriman State Park is located about 35 miles from New York City. 

“We’re looking forward to having a diverse group of programs, from the type of activities and the different themes and skills as well as the different interests of our members that we want to come out,” Zoota says. New activities will increase access to the outdoors, with Introduction to Camping and car camping activities planned. Volunteer cleanups at AMC’s new project in Harriman State Park, the Baker Camp on Lake Sebago, are also in the works. 

In terms of accommodations, Zoota anticipates that camping will continue through at least June, with cabins potentially opening back up in August or September. The season opens the weekend of May 15, so keep your eye on the Activities Database for new trips and come out and join us! If you have ideas for new programs or want to volunteer, contact Zoota at

8 responses to “Explore Harriman With AMC in 2021”

  1. Jennifer McCaffery says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Yes, there’s lots going on in May and June. The trips are capped at 10 because of COVID protocols, so they fill up quickly.

    You can find new events on the main page of this website, through and

  2. Barbara Raasch says:

    Are there any hiking events in May or June?

  3. Jennifer McCaffery says:

    Hi Julie,

    There’s lots of fun activities in the works at Harriman this season. Stay tuned to Meetup, the Activities Database, and social media for more information.

  4. Julie Pressman says:

    We are interested in day trips in Harriman for kayaking as well as hiking and yoga retreats. Please keep us posted on upcoming events.

    Julie Pressman

    • Rick Bryan says:

      Hi Julie; right now the best way to know about upcoming events is to setup a Daily Digest from within your Dashboard at This way the system, called the Activities Database, will send you an email nightly which contains a listing of all of the programs or activities which match your search criteria. If you have difficulty setting up the Daily Digest, write back and I’ll walk you through it.

  5. Jennifer McCaffery says:

    Hi Matthew, For information about Fire Island, please contact

  6. Matthew Brennan says:

    when is the fire island cabin going to reopen? staying overnight on fire island has been a long time wish

  7. Clare Margiotta says:

    Delighted to hear the Fire Island Cabin will be reopening at some point.

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