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Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area

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Stissing Mountain MUA locator map

The 590-acre Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area features large areas suitable for hunting and nature viewing, as well as, opportunities for hiking and cross-country skiing. Note that there is a large beaver pond that has flooded some trails. You may need to cross a stream in order to access trails on the eastern portion of the property.

There is no direct access to Stissing Mountain Firetower from the MUA. For information about the Stissing Mountain Firetower, go to the Friends of Stissing Landmarks website (leaves DEC website).

Featured Activities



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

There are 2.8 miles of trails and 0.5 mile of public roads that are available for non-motorized recreation. The roads and trails within the unit serve as multiple use trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. These are cross-country ski trails in the winter. Other users please stay off ski tracks in the winter.

Primitive Camping

primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

There are no designated campsites; however, at-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.



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

a stream meandering through the woods at Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area

There is no direct access route to Beaver Pond nor a designated boat launch.



General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations
Southweast NY Fishing provides information on fishing in the area and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.

Beaver Pond is a warm-water fishery containing largemouth bass, yellow perch, chain pickerel, sunfish and brown bullhead.

Hunting & Trapping


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. Various game species and furbearers found on the unit include white tail deer, pheasant, turkey, waterfowl, rabbit and squirrel.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

cross-country skiing

General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

There are 1.65 miles of marked ski trails on the unit but the trails are not groomed. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.


General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Some wildlife that can be seen includes white tail deer, turkey, waterfowl, rabbit and squirrel.


All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Parking is available on Hicks Hill Road (2 cars). There is also parking off Hicks Hill Road, turn at the signed truck trail and park near the wetland (3 cars), and drive down the hill for additional parking (4 cars).

  • Hicks Hill Road parking area, (41.934376°N, 73.717856°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Hunts Road West parking area, (41.939144°N, 73.712538°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Hunts Road East parking area, (41.938757°N, 73.708529°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) 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 Stissing Mountain MUA 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.

Specific Rules

Snowmobiling, mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.

How We Manage Stissing Mountain Multiple Use 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 us at

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Dining opportunities, gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Pine Plains, Rhinebeck and Red Hook.
Lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Rhinebeck and Red Hook

Dutchess County Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.