West Mountain State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 3 New Paltz Office: (M-F 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM), (845) 256-3000, R3admin@dec.ny.gov
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: 1-877-457-5680 or 911
- Location: Towns of Beekman and Dover, Dutchess County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 3G
- Map: Map to follow || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
West Mountain State Forest consists of 830 acres. There are no marked trails found on the property. However, there is a network of unmarked trails that provide for a variety of non-motorized recreation all year.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
West Mountain State Forest features roughly 4 miles of multi-use trails that traverse the property.
General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
At large backcountry camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.
Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons. Various game species and furbearers found on the unit include white tail deer, pheasant, turkey, waterfowl, rabbit and squirrel.
Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
West Mountain State forest is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. There are no groomed or maintained trails, however there are 4 miles of multi-use trails utilized by cross-country skiers and snowshoers in the winter.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
Some of the wildlife that can be seen includes white tail deer, turkey, waterfowl, rabbit and squirrel.
- Parking area is located on the end of Gardner Hollow Rd. (41.612092°N, 73.627556°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.
Mountain biking is allowed on the property; however, there are no trails currently maintained for this activity.
How We Manage West Mountain State Forest
DEC is developing a management plan which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.
If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us (email@example.com)
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
- Tymor Park (leaves DEC website)
- Depot Hill Multiple Use Area
- Taconic-Hereford Multiple Use Area
- James Baird State Park (leaves DEC website)
- Wassaic Multiple Use Area
Gas, food and other supplies, dining opportunities and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Pawling, Hopewell Junction, Wingdale and Poughquag.
Dutchess County Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.
Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores and on-line booksellers.
Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.
Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.