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Terry Mountain State Forest

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The 4,739-acre Terry Mountain State Forest includes two remote fishing ponds, Military Pond and Mud Pond, and a short hike to a summit area with views of Lake Champlain.

Featured Activities

Hiking

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

In addition to the following trails, hiking is allowed on the public forest access roads throughout the property.

Champlain View Trail - From the final parking area on Red Road, hike 0.21 miles to a scenic view point overlooking Lake Champlain and the privately owned lands between Terry Mountain and the lake. To extend your experience, hike an additional 0.48 miles past the view point on the Champlain View Extension Trail. The Champlain View Extension Trail ends at a small pond adjacent to the State Land Boundary.

Mud Pond Trail - From its associated parking area at the end of the Mud Pond Road, hike 0.6 miles over relatively flat terrain to a scenic overlook of Mud Pond. Continue another 0.1 miles (0.7 total) and you will reach a designated campsite located on the northern shore of Mud Pond.

Military Pond Trail - From its associated parking area on Mud Pond Road, hike 1.5 miles over moderate terrain to an overlook of Military Pond.

Camping

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

There is one designated campsite on the northern shore of Mud Pond.

Primitive camping is also allowed. At-large primitive camping requires campsites to be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

Fishing

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General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Fishing opportunities are available at both Mud Pond and Military Pond. Additionally, there are fishing opportunities in the small streams found on the property.

Adirondack/Lake Champlain 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.

Hunting & Trapping

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Wildlife Management Unit: 5C

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

Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails and public forest access roads on the property.

Wildlife

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

The Adirondacks contain large tracts of wildlife habitat with some boreal, bog, alpine and other unique habitats. Many birds (common loon, peregrine falcon) and mammals (moose, black bear) are unique to the Adirondacks or are mainly found here. More than 50 species of mammals and hundreds of species of birds inhabit or pass through the Adirondacks at one time of the year or another.

Accessible Features

Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities

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

Red Road is a 1.38-mile trail in the eastern portion of the forest that allows motorized access for people with mobility impairments. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.

Directions

The main access road to the property is Redd Road on the east side of the property.

  • First Redd Road Parking Area (44.58664403°N, 73.6258565°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • End of Redd Road Parking Lot (44.587346°N, 73.63937°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

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

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 Terry Mountain State Forest 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

Horseback riding, mountain biking, and snowmobiling are all allowed on the property but there are no maintained trails for these activities.

Planning and Management

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Taylor Pond Management Complex Unit Management Plan (PDF, 10MB). In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural and human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us r5.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Gas may be found in the nearby communities of Peru and Redford.
  • Food and other supplies can be found in the nearby community of Peru.
  • Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Peru and Redford.
  • Lodging may be found in the nearby community of Plattsburgh.

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

Numerous guidebooks 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.