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Blue Ridge Wilderness - Unit Management Plan

The Blue Ridge Wilderness consists of more than 47,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands in the central Adirondacks, near the communities of Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake. The wilderness area's northern and eastern boundaries are roughly defined by Route 28 as it arcs from the South Inlet of Raquette Lake to Cedar River Road. The area is bounded on the south by Cedar River Road and on the west by the Moose River Plains Wild Forest and Great Camp Sagamore.

For a description of recreational opportunities in the unit, please visit the Blue Ridge Wilderness recreation page.

Status of the UMP

The Department adopted a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Blue Ridge Wilderness in 2006. If you have questions about the UMP, please contact us at: r5.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Download the UMP

Blue Ridge Wilderness Unit Management Plan - PDF (8.02 MB)

2018 Draft Amendment - Multiple-Use Trail Development

This amendment proposes the extension of the Seventh Lake Mountain Trail from its current terminus in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest to private property near the Sargents Pond Wild Forest. The trail will be maintained as a Class II Community Connector Snowmobile Trail.

Public Comment Opportunities

The comment period for the draft UMP amendment is now closed, and the Department is developing a final amendment. If you have questions about the UMP process, please contact us at r5.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Download the Draft UMP Amendment

2018 Draft Amendment to the Blue Ridge Wilderness - PDF (8.3 MB)