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Big Indian Wilderness - Unit Management Plan

The Big Indian Wilderness is a management unit in the south-central portion of the Catskill Park. It is made up of lands in the Towns of Shandaken, Denning and Hardenburgh in Ulster County. The unit is bordered on the north by the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Intensive Use Area, on the east by Ulster County Route 47, on the south by the Willowemoc Wild Forest, on the southwest by the Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest, and on the northwest by Dry Brook. Big Indian Wilderness encompasses approximately 33,500 acres of state Forest Preserve land.

For a description of recreational opportunities in the unit, please visit the Big Indian Wilderness recreation page.

Status of the UMP

In 2008, the Department adopted a revision to the Catskill Park State Land Master Plan. Prior to the Master Plan revision, the Big Indian Wilderness was called the Big Indian-Beaverkill Range Wilderness. A Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Big Indian-Beaverkill Range Wilderness was adopted in 1993. If you have questions about the UMP please contact us at

Download the UMP

Big Indian-Beaverkill Range Wilderness UMP - (PDF, 7.7 MB)

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