Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

Ralph Road State Forest

primitive campinghuntingtrappingparkingicon key

Ralph Road State Forest locator map

The 544-acre Ralph Road State Forest is the only state forest located in Warren County. There are no designated or marked trails; however, Ralph Road State Forest does have unmaintained former logging roads which are suitable for non-motorized recreation.

Featured Activities


primitive camping

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

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

Hunting & Trapping


Wildlife Management Unit: 5J

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. The main furbearers and game species found on the property include beaver, red fox, cottontail rabbit and woodcock.


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

Warren County has a variety of wildlife. In addition to the notable hunting and trapping species, an assortment of birds (including song birds, owls and hawks) as well as mammals (including moles, mice, squirrels and chipmunks) can be found within Ralph Road State Forest. Whitetail deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse and eastern coyote have also been reported in the area. There are also several beaver ponds on the property.


  • Ralph Road Parking Lot - there is an additional parking lot 0.26-mile north and 0.84-mile to the south (43.29118091°N, 73.77533412°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 Ralph Road 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

Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.

Planning and Management

DEC has developed a Saratoga Warren Draft Unit Management Plan (PDF) which describes the proposed management activities for these lands. 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 at

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Lodging and dining opportunities as well as gas, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Glens Falls and Queensbury.

Warren County Tourism Webpage (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 online 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.