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Pittstown State Forest

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The 1,167-acre Pittstown State Forest is located on the northern edge of the Rensselaer Plateau. The forest features several miles of trails maintained for mountain biking. The property is managed for multiple uses, including timber production, watershed protection, wildlife habitat and recreation.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
There are 9.5 miles of multiple use trails. The trails on the south side of the road (State Fire Lane) are wide, steep and rocky. The trails on the north side are more moderate, but narrow and winding.

Camping

primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

There are no designated campsites; however, at-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

Biking

mountain biking

General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

There are many miles of challenging single-track trails on the property. The trails go over a lot of elevation changes and diverse terrain.
The trails are maintained by the Saratoga Mountain Bike Association (leaves DEC website) through a volunteer stewardship agreement.

Hunting & Trapping

hunting trapping General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations

Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.

Snowmobiling

snowmobiling

General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

Three snowmobile trails pass through Pittstown State Forest. These trails are maintained by the Rensselaser Co Snowriders Club (leaves DEC website) through a volunteer stewardship agreement.

Wildlife

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Directions

Pittstown State Forest is accessed from Ward Hollow Road off of County Rt 111.

  • Ward Hollow Road parking area (3 cars): (42.817256°N, 73.470963°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • State Fire Lane (west) parking area (3 cars): (42.81104492°N, 73.46037301°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • State Fire Lane pull-off (1 car): (42.81043153°N, 73.45728618°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • State Fire Lane (east) parking area (2 cars): (42.81589595°N, 73.44319146°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Pittstown State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Specific Rules

Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.

How We Manage Pittstown State Forest

DEC is developing a recreation management plan which will describe the management activities for public recreation on these lands.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us r4.ump@dec.ny.gov

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands & Facilities

Dining opportunities, gas, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Hoosick and Troy
Lodging may be found in the nearby community Troy

Rensselaer County Tourism Office (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.