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Lost Valley State Forest

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The 748-acre Lost Valley State Forest features snowmobile trails, as well as hunting and trapping opportunities. The state forest is managed for multiple uses, including timber production, watershed protection, wildlife habitat, and recreation.

Featured Activities

Camping

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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.

Fishing

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General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations

A tributary of the Schoharie Creek (PDF, 814 KB) passes through the northern portion of the Lost Valley State
Forest.

East-Central NY Fishing provides information on fishing in the area and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.

Hunting & Trapping

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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

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

Lost Valley State Forest features two miles of snowmobile trails. These trails are maintained by the
Frontier Sno Riders (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.

Portions of the Lost Valley State Forest provide a habitat of significance as a deer wintering area. Historically, the Burtonsville area along the Schoharie Creek and valley has been an important deer wintering area.

Accessible Features

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General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

There are 2.18 miles of trails in the forest that allow motorized access for people with mobility impairments. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.

Directions

There are no designated parking areas on Lost Valley State Forest. Roadside parking is available. The state forest can be accessed from Goewey Road.

  • Goewey Road (42.832390°N, 74.292092°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

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 Lost Valley 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.

How We Manage Lost Valley State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Charleston Unit Management Plan. In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

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

Nearby State Lands and Facilities

Gas may be found in the nearby communities of Amsterdam, Esperance, Fultonville and Sloansville.
Food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Amsterdam and Esperance.
Lodging and dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Amsterdam and Fultonville.

Montgomery 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.