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Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest is located in the central Adirondack Park and is made up of almost 2 dozen non-contiguous parcels, covering almost 92,000 acres. The unit borders or contains 44 ponds and small lakes, as well as portions of the Hudson River and much of the Boreas River. The unit's namesake measures 3,386 ft., making it the fourth highest peak in the unit and the highest with a developed foot trail.

For a description of recreational opportunities in the unit, please visit the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Recreation Page.

Status of the UMP

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

Download the UMP

Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan - PDF (4.5 MB)

2016 Draft Amendment - Parking, Pond Access, and Foot Bridge Replacement

This amendment proposes four access improvements to the unit:

  • Construction of a parking area and hand launch at Palmer Pond for people with disabilities;
  • Replacement of a foot bridge over the Boreas River near Lester Flow;
  • Construction of a 5-car overflow parking area near the Moxham Mountain trailhead; and
  • Expansion of the parking area at Balfour Lake.

Public Comment Opportunities

The draft UMP amendment contains proposed management actions that are located within the Schroon Recreational River Area. Pursuant to Part 666 of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York-also known as the Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers regulations-a public hearing will be held at 1:00 p.m. on July 27 at the DEC Region 5 Warrensburg Office at 232 Golf Course Road in Warrensburg to accept comments on these proposals.

The Department is accepting comments on the draft UMP amendment until August 12, 2016. Comments should be sent to the contact below:

Rob Ripp, Forester
232 Golf Course Road
Warrensburg, NY 12885

Download the Draft Amendment

2016 Draft Amendment to the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest UMP - PDF (3.3 MB)

2016 Amendment - Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex Plan

The Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex Plan proposed a suite of actions to provide public recreational opportunities on recently acquired state lands, some of which fall within the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. As such, the Plan also acts as an amendment to the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest UMP.

2015 Amendment - Community Connector Trail Plan

The primary purpose of the Community Connector Trail Plan (Plan) was the selection of a preferred location for proposed community connector multiple use trails between the towns of Newcomb, Minerva and North Hudson. The Plan also proposed the construction of a bridge near Palmer Pond and the reconfiguration of camping in several locations within the unit. The Plan amended several UMPs, including Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest.

2015 Community Connector Trail Plan - PDF (5.6 MB)