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Ralph Road State Forest

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The 544-acre Ralph Road State Forest is the only State Forest located in Warren County. There are no designated or marked trails; however, Ralph Road State Forest does have unmaintained former logging roads which are suitable for non-motorized recreation. There are also several beaver ponds on the property.

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. Camping must be 150 feet away from a water body, road, or trail. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

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. The main furbearers and game species found on the property include beaver, red fox, cottontail rabbit and woodcock.

Wildlife

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

Warren County has a variety of wildlife. In addition to the notable hunting and trapping species, an assortment of birds (including song birds, owls and hawks) as well as mammals (including moles, mice, squirrels and chipmunks) can be found within the Ralph Road State Forest. Whitetail deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse and eastern coyote have also been reported in the area.

Directions

  • Ralph Road Parking Lot- there is an additional parking lot .26-mile north and .84-mile to the south (43.29118091°N, 73.77533412°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 Ralph Road 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

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

How We Manage Ralph Road State Forest

DEC has developed a Draft Unit Management Plan for State Forests in Saratoga and Warren Counties which describes the proposed management activities for this lands. 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 at r5.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands & Facilities

Lodging and dining opportunities as well as gas, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Glens Falls and Qeensbury.

Warren County Tourism Webpage (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.