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Shandaken Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Shandaken Wild Forest is a relatively small unit of land which contains several different parcels offering a variety of recreational opportunities for public use. Total area for the unit is 5,376 acres, located in the Ulster County town of Shandaken and the southern Greene County town of Lexington.

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

Status of the UMP

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

Download the UMP

Shandaken Wild Forest Unit Management Plan - PDF (1 MB)

Concept Plan for Trail Development

In anticipation of developing trails on recently acquired lands in the vicinity of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, a consultant was hired to develop a concept plan to aid the Department in this effort. A final concept plan has been developed and will help shape a management plan that DEC will then use to guide future management of the Shandaken Wild Forest.

Shandaken-Belleayre Mountain Bike and Cross Country Ski Trail System Concept Plan - PDF (7 MB)