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Halcott Mountain Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Halcott Mountain Wild Forest is the most westerly unit of Forest Preserve in Greene County. It is located in the Towns of Lexington and Halcott and is bounded on the east by NYS Route 42 and the Deep Notch. On the south it is bounded by the Ulster County line and on the west by Beech Hill Road. Further north is the Vinegar Hill Wildlife Management Area and the Town of Lexington.

The community of West Kill is situated just off the northeast corner of this Unit. On the east side of NYS Route 42 and the Deep Notch is the Westkill Mountain Wilderness Area. There are approximately 4,760 acres in this mountainous Unit. The highest peak is Halcott Mountain at approximately 3541' above sea level. Three nameless peaks (all under 3500') form a ridge which traverses the Unit. Vly, Bearpen, and Roundtop, part of the same range, are mountains to the north and west of this Forest Preserve Unit but are still part of the same mountain range. To the south of Halcott and connected to this mountain range is Rose Mountain, part of the Shandaken Wild Forest Area. The only physical barrier that separates this Unit from the Westkill Mountain Wilderness Unit is the Deep Notch. If the gorge were not present, Halcott Mountain would be part of the Westkill Mountain Wilderness Unit.

A Unit Management Plan for Halcott Mountain Wild Forest was completed in September of 2001. If you have questions or comments about the UMP, please email us at: r4.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Halcott Mountain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (141 Kb pdf)