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Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area

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Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area consists of 590 acres in the Tows of Milan, Pine Plains, and Stanford in Dutchess County.


This area has hiking, and cross-country ski trails. There are also large areas suitable for hunting and nature viewing.

Foot Trails

There is a network of trails on this property suitable for most uses (hiking, running, snowshoeing).


There are no designated camp sites on this property. Back country camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.(jump mark to bottom) Camping is prohibited within 150 feet from water, road or trail.

Hunting and Trapping

Hunting and trapping are permitted on this property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted.

Mountain Biking

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

Mountain biking is allowed on all trails on this property.

Horse Trails

Horseback riding is allowed on all trails on this property. 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.

Cross-country Skiing

Cross-country skiing is allowed anywhere on State Forests other than on trails posted as closed for this use. There are no groomed trails.


Geocaching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations. See the February 2005 article in Conservationist Magazine for more information on geo-caching.

Tips for Using State Forests

State lands belong to all of us. Please help care for this area and enhance the enjoyment of it for yourself and those who follow by observing these simple guidelines.


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).

Important Phone Numbers

State Forest Office 845-256-3078 (Monday through Friday, 8AM -4 PM)
Forest Ranger 877-457-5680 (Evenings, Weekends and Holidays)
Emergencies: 911

Field Notes

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 this property. There are some conifer plantations on this property. There is no direct access to Stissing Mountain Firetower from the Multiple Use Area. See the link in the right column for information about the Stissing Mountain Firetower.