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Jay Mountain Wilderness Area - Unit Management Plan

The Jay Mountain Wilderness Area is located in the northeast portion of the Adirondack Park within the Towns of Jay and Lewis in Essex County. The unit is comprised of one Forest Preserve parcel, and at 7,951 acres, is the smallest Wilderness Area in the Adirondack Park.

In August 2010 the Department finalized the Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Jay Mountain Wilderness. Key proposals in the UMP include:

  • Reroute portions of the Jay Mountain Trail below the ridge to alleviate erosion problems caused by improper trail layout
  • Create an official trailhead near the junction of Prestonia and Jay Mountain Roads to provide parking for the Jay Mountain Trail
  • Create roadside parking area at Jay Mountain Trailhead to accommodate 3-5 vehicles
  • Imposing maximum group size limits to eight for overnight use, and 15 for day use

Jay Mountain Wilderness Unit Management Plan (PDF) (4.66 MB)

April 2014 Amendment - Mineral Sampling

The intent and purpose of this amendment is to: (1) recognize that a constitutional amendment approved by the voters on November 5, 2013 implicitly repeals the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) guidelines for Wilderness that would otherwise prohibit NYCO's mineral sampling operations within the Jay Mountain Wilderness area; (2) make the UMP consistent with the Constitutional amendment; and (3) note that detailed terms and conditions governing the mineral sampling operations will be set forth in a Temporary Revocable Permit (TRP) issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation (Department).

Download the UMP Amendment

2014 Amendment to the Jay Mountain Wilderness Unit Management Plan - PDF (4.05 MB)