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Wilmington Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Wilmington Wild Forest consists of 14,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands in the Towns of Wilmington, Jay and Keene in Essex County and the Town of Black Brook in Clinton County. The core area of the Wilmington Wild Forest is located on the east-facing slopes of Whiteface Mountain. Another large segment - the Stephenson Range Tract - lies north of Route 431 and Gillespie Drive and south of the Forestdale Road. Smaller, isolated segments include the Hamlin Mountain, Clements Mountain, and Beaver Brook Tracts, as well as a segment near the hamlet of Black Brook.

For a description of recreational opportunities in the unit, please visit the Wilmington Wild Forest recreation page.

Status of the UMP

The Department adopted a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Wilmington Wild Forest in 2005. If you have questions about the UMP, please e-mail us at

Download the UMP

Wilmington Wild Forest Unit Management Plan - PDF (3.8 MB)

2016 Amendment - New Trail and Parking Area Development

This amendment proposed the following actions:

  • Addition of approximately 4.8 miles of new trail open for mountain biking;
  • Reroute and improvement to the Cooper Kill Trail, a multi-use trail classified as a class I (secondary) snowmobile trail to better protect natural resources;
  • Reroute of the Marble Mountain hiking trail to better protect natural resources;
  • Construction of .7 miles of accessible trails providing access to scenic areas;
  • Construction of two new parking areas and improvements to existing parking areas.

2016 Amendment to the Wilmington Wild Forest UMP - PDF (3.6 MB)