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The Gulf Unique Area

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The Gulf Unique Area is named for the steep rocky gorge, or "gulf", cut by ice age flooding. The area is especially popular for hiking and bird watching. There are more than three miles of marked hiking trails teeming with wildlife which makes it an attractive destination for non-motorized recreation. The proximity to Canada is demonstrated at the end of the trail, at the US/Canada border.

Featured Activities

Hiking

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General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

The Gulf Unique Area features more than 3 miles of marked hiking trails featuring the US/Canada border, the gulf, as well as a 60-foot waterfall. There are two marked hiking trails. The red marker trail is 2.9 miles long and ends at the Canadian border. The yellow marker trail is 0.54 miles long and leads to the historic site of a hermit's cabin.

Hunting & Trapping

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General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations.

Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons. The main game species found on the property are whitetail deer, black bear, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, snowshoe hare, coyote, and waterfowl. The main furbearers found on the property include fisher, beaver, mink, muskrat, raccoon, and otter. A gated section of the road can be used for motorized access by permit to the property during hunting season.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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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 is permitted on both hiking trails, however neither trail is maintained for either purpose.

Wildlife

Northern Clinton County contains large tracts of wildlife habitat with some boreal, log, and other unique habitats. Many birds (Peregrine Falcon, Wood Duck, Yellow Warbler) and mammals (Black Bear, White Tail Deer) are commonly found here. More than 50 species of mammals and hundreds of species of birds inhibit or pass through the Northern Clinton County at one time of the year or another.

Accessible Features

Accessible route with permit

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

A designated 0.5-mile dirt roadway on The Gulf Unique Area is accessible by ATV for people with disabilities. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD)

Directions

Rock Road Parking Area (44.985579°N, 73773521°W) Google Maps (Leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace (Leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of The Unique Gulf Area must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

How We Manage The Gulf Unique Area

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: r5.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Nearby Lands and Facilities

Clinton County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)

Information regarding where to find amenities

Gas may be found in the nearby communities of Malone.
Food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Malone.
Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Malone.
Lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Malone.


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