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The 2,572-acre Rensselaerville State Forest features more than 8 miles of trails open to the public for a variety of uses. The trails make this state forest an ideal destination for outdoor recreation any time of the year and is managed for multiple uses, including timber production, watershed protection, wildlife habitat and recreation.

Featured Activities



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

Rensselaerville State Forest features 8 miles of multi-use trails and unpaved public forest access roads that provide access to the property.


primitive camping

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

There is one designated primitive campsite on the property. It is located at the intersection of Cheese Hill Road and CCC Road.

At-large primitive camping is also 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


Wildlife Management Unit: 4H

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 permitted on this property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted.


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

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.

There are two access routes on the property. One is on Scutt Road approximately 1 mile north of the intersection of Cheese Hill Road and Scutt Road; the other is on Kenyon Road, roughly 0.33 mile south of the intersection of Cheese Hill Road and Kenyon Road, which allow motorized access with a permit. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.


From Rensselaerville: Head southwest on Route 353 for 4 miles and turn left onto CCC Public Forest Access Road.

Parking Areas

  • Northern most parking area off Gulf Road Ext. (42.52812905°N,74.22099946°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • The eastern most parking area off Kenyon Road (42.49600796°N, 74.17691312°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Cheese Hill Road parking area just north of CCC Road intersection (42.49977561°N, 74.19064354°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Scutt Road parking area just south of intersection with CCC Road (42.49495259°N, 74.21716044°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • CCC Road parking area located north of Scutt Road (largest parking lot) (42.50177799°N, 74.21833497°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Gordon Road parking area South, .3 mile north of intersection with Riverburg Road (42.49847918°N, 74.23058036°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website) there are an additional 2 parking areas further north on Gordon Road

Primitive Campsites

  • Primitive Campsite at intersection of CCC Road and Cheese Hill Road (42.4992867°N, 74.1925278°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Primitive Campsite along CCC Road (42.4994507°N, 74.1948318°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Primitive Campsite on CCC Road, north of intersection with Scutt Road on left side of road (42.5016632°N, 74.2178116°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Primitive Campsite on CCC Road, north of intersection with Scutt Road on right side of road (42.5014267°N, 74.2175217°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 Rensselaerville 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

Mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and fishing are all allowed on this property although the property and trails may not be currently maintained for these activities.

Planning and Management

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Helderbergs Management Area Unit Management Plan (PDF). 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 Altamont, Voorheesville and Slingerlands.

Albany 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 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.