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Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area

Lexington, Greene County

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This remote wilderness area includes Hunter Mountain - second-highest peak in the Catskills - and three other summits within the Catskill High Peaks Bird Conservation Area. Outdoors enthusiasts as well as wildlife are drawn to dazzling and often steep terrain, which has elevations ranging from 1,000 feet to 3,880 feet.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Trails (ranging from a gentle to difficult)
  • Meadow
  • Woods

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Birdwatching
  • Mountain biking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Primitive camping
  • Equestrian trails
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Trapping


19,250 acres

Closest Town



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Contact Information

Telephone: 518-473-9518

Address: Off of New York Route 214, Hunter, NY 12450

Website: Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area

Photo Credits: Larry Bifaro, NYSDEC