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Plattekill State Forest

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The 1,761-acre Plattekill State Forest is managed for multiple uses, including timber production, watershed protection, wildlife habitat and recreation.

Featured Activities

Camping

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

There are no designated campsites; however, 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.

Hunting & Trapping

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Wildlife Management Unit: 4P

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.

Snowmobiling

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

The S71 snowmobile corridor passes through the Plattekill State Forest. The trail is maintained by the Central Catskill Trail Association through a volunteer stewardship agreement.

Wildlife

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

Directions

From the town of New Kingston, head north on Thompson Hollow Road. After approximately 2.5 miles, bear left at the intersection with New Kingston Mountain Road and continue on Thompson Hollow Road. In another 2 miles, take a left onto Harold Roberts Road. Continue another .25 mile and the unpaved grass parking area will be on your right.

  • Log Landing off Harold Roberts Road (42.263572°N, 74.668581°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 Plattekill 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 currently maintained trails for these activities.

Planning and Management

DEC is developing a recreation management plan which will describe the management activities for public recreation on these lands.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us r4.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 Hobart and Stamford.
  • Lodging and dining opportunities, as well as, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby community of Stamford.

Delaware County Tourism (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.