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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)

2015 Draft Amendment - New Trail and Parking Area Development

Over the past 10 years the trails in the Wilmington Wild Forest have seen substantial growth in recreational use. In response to this and requests from local government and recreational groups DEC has developed a draft UMP amendment to provide additional trails and access through sustainable practices. These include:

  • 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.

Status of the UMP Amendment

The public comment period for the draft UMP amendment is now closed. The Department is preparing a proposed final amendment that will be submitted to the Adirondack Park Agency for a determination of conformance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.

Downloadable Documents

Wilmington Wild Forest Unit Management Plan Draft Amendment - PDF (3.4 MB)

Presentation summarizing the actions proposed in the draft amendment - PDF (2.0 MB)