Sterling Forest, a hamlet in the Town of Warwick in Orange County, is best known for the Sterling Renaissance Festival, one of the oldest festivals in the world.
On July 7- 8, opening weekend in Warwick, Orange County, life in the 21st Century will disappear and transition into the year 1585, in Warwick, England, a place of authentic English Renaissance.
Over 100 performers, professional actors, comedians, and musicians, will recreate a Renaissance world with artisans from all over the country demonstrating their craftsmanship and selling their unique wares.
A variety of games and rides will be enjoyed such as: The Test of Strength, Goose Neck Slip, The Flying Dragon, and The Pirate Ship. Events will include: Family Appreciation Weekend on July 7-8, Knights and Heroes Weekend on July 14-15, and the Romance Rendezvous Weekend on July 21-22.
Bring the whole family to the Sterling Renaissance Festival, located at 15385 Farden Road, on Saturdays and Sundays, July 7 – August 19, from 10 am -7 pm.
Sterling Forest State Park, comprised of 21,935.08 acres of pristine natural refuge, is an extraordinary piece of woodland and remarkable outdoor recreation area. Its forest habitat is vital for the survival of several species including: black bear, fox, timber rattlesnakes, hawks, songbirds and many rare plants. Hunting, fishing, ice fishing, hiking, and snowshoeing are available.
Sterling Lake, located inside Sterling Forest State Park, is not open to boating; however, it provides anglers with good opportunities to catch lake trout and bass.
In the 1930’s-1940’s, Yankee baseball player Babe Ruth, often rented a cabin in Sterling Forest during the summers, and was known to play baseball with the local neighborhood children.