Turkey Point State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 3 New Paltz Office: (845) 256-3000 M-F (8:30am - 4:45 pm); email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Town of Saugerties, Ulster County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 3J
- Map: View Turkey Point State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (230 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Turkey Point is a 139+-acre State Forest in the Town of Saugerties in Ulster County, fronting on the Hudson River. Immediately to the south of Turkey Point is the county's Ulster Landing Park. The hills and terraces contain a small forested swamp, an open swamp, a few brushy fields, and a small conifer plantation, adding diversity to this relatively undeveloped property. It is historically significant as an anchorage for Henry Hudson. The remains of the ice house operated by the Knickerbocker Ice Company can be found along the river bank. A 200-foot-deep concrete dock provides fishing for species such as striped bass, not normally caught from shore.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
Hiking is permitted anywhere on Turkey Point State Forest. An old woods road leads from the parking lot on Flatbush Camp Road to the former U.S. Coast Guard dock and to a small beach on the Hudson River.
There are two marked trails connecting to Sojouner Truth/Ulster Landing County Park and the Hudson River to the south of the property. There are also a number of unmarked and unmaintained old farm roads and inactive logging trails which can be used for mountain biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Proof of current negative Coggins certificate is required for all horses and out-of-state horse owners are required to produce a 30-day health certificate.
General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
There are no formal camp sites on this property, however individuals may set up camp at any location which is at least 150 feet from water, roads or trails. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger at 845-256-3026.
Hunting & Trapping
Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right-of-ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails.
Target shooting is not permitted at Turkey Point State Forest.
General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations
Fishing access to the Hudson River is available both from the former Coast Guard dock for persons with disabilities (0.6 miles beyond the gate on Flatbush Camp Road, on a gravel-woods road) and via two small beaches - one near the dock and one to the south near Ulster Landing Park. The deep water immediately adjacent to the former dock provides an opportunity to fish for striped bass and other sport fish that normally are not caught easily from shore.
At the end of the road is a small parking lot with access paths leading to a 200-foot wharf, formerly owned by the U.S. Coast Guard, that has been converted to an accessible fishing pier and an accessible hand launch on the Hudson River. The site is notable for its seclusion and shoreline access to the river's deep channel.
Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.
General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.
The former Coast Guard dock provides a fishing pier for people with disabilities (0.6 miles beyond the gate on Flatbush Camp Road, on a gravel-woods road). At the end of the road is a small parking lot with access paths leading to a 200-foot wharf, formerly owned by the U.S. Coast Guard, that has been converted to an accessible fishing pier and an accessible hand launch on the Hudson River. The site is notable for its seclusion and shoreline access to the river's deep channel. The gated road also provides for motorized access by people with disabilities who would otherwise have difficulty accessing the site. Individuals who have obtained the Department's Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities permit may call DEC's New Paltz office to open the gate by combination lock.
From Route 32, turn east onto Ulster Landing Road. Turn left onto Flatbush Camp Road. Follow to the parking area. (42.016095°N,73.94566°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
Practice Leave No Trace (Leaves DEC website) principles to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, preserve natural resources and be courteous to other backcountry visitors.
Target shooting is prohibited on this property.
How We Manage Turkey Point State Forest
DEC has developed a Draft Turkey Point Unit Management Plan which describes the proposed management activities for this property. The UMP also contains detailed information on natural features, recreation, geology, natural and human history, habitats, wildlife and much more.
Amendment to Turkey Point UMP (PDF) 471 KB, February, 2008
Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities and Other Information
Bluestone Wild Forest in the Towns of Hurley and Kingston offers hiking, fishing, hunting, biking, picnicking and many winter activities as well.
The 1,722-acre Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area is across the Hudson River, about a half-hour away, in the Town of Red Hook. It has hiking trails, canoe launches and is an excellent birding area. It is a unique marsh bird breeding area and an important staging area for migrating waterfowl.
Ample lodging, dining, shopping and attractions can be found in the nearby communities of Saugerties (to the North) and Kingston (to the south)
Ulster County Tourism (Leaves DEC website)