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Blue Mountain Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

This area is located in Hamilton and western Essex counties. It is bounded by Route 30 on the west and south, the Hudson River on the east and Route 28N on the north.The terrain varies from gentle around the easily accessible and popular Rock Lake to extremely steep and rugged in the remote Fishing Brook Range. The 3,759 foot Blue Mountain dominates the landscape for some distance around, offering wide ranging views in all directions for those willing to make a short but steep hike to the summit from the picturesque hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake.

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

Status of the UMP

The Department adopted a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Blue Mountain Wild Forest in 1995. If you have questions about the UMP, please email us at: r5.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Download the UMP

Blue Mountain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan - PDF (13.3 MB) - This is a large file and may be slow to download. As an alternative, you may download specific sections below.

Sections for Easier Downloading

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, many of which fall within the Blue Mountain Wild Forest. As such, the Plan also acts as an amendment to the Blue Mountain Wild Forest UMP.


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