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Kaaterskill Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Kaaterskill Wild Forest is located at the northeast rim of the Catskill Mountains in Greene and Ulster Counties. It lies east and south of the North Lake - South Lake Campground and extends south to the Platte Cove Road (Hunter Town Road 9, an extension of Greene County Highway 16). The unit consists of 7,620 acres of extraordinarily scenic and rugged forest with considerable elevation differential. It is, however, readily accessible by public roads and recreational trails.

The Department completed a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Kaaterskill Wild Forest in 1987. If you have questions about the UMP, please contact us at r4.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Download the UMP

Kaaterskill Wild Forest Unit Management Plan - PDF (3.7 MB)

2015 Amendment - Kaaterskill Falls Area Improvements

This UMP Amendment proposed the construction of a new 0.2-mile foot trail and stone staircase leading from the end of the marked Kaaterskill Falls trail at the base of the falls to the Escarpment Trail at the top of the falls. The amendment also called for the expansion of the Laurel House Road parking area and the Schutt Road parking area to accommodate approximately 50 cars each. Finally, the amendment calls for the installation of up to 10 permanent anchor points in the middle pool area to assist first responders with rescue operations.

2015 Kaaterskill Wild Forest UMP Amendment - PDF (4.93 MB)

2013 Amendment - New Trail Development

This amendment proposed a 1.8-mile trail connection between the community of Haines Falls and the existing trail system in the Kaaterskill Wild Forest and North/South Lake Campground. In all, one mile of newly designated trails in Kaaterskill Wild Forest were proposed for multiple-use, open to non-motorized recreation such as hiking, running, bicycling, snow-shoeing, and cross-country skiing.

2013 Kaaterskill Wild Forest UMP Amendment - PDF (1.27 MB)

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