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Delaware Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Delaware Wild Forest is comprised of 27,800 acres of Forest Preserve land in the western-most part of the Catskill Park, falling within the counties of Delaware, Sullivan and Ulster. The unit is characterized by mountainous terrain, with grades ranging from moderate to steep. Approximately 33 miles of foot trails and 22 miles of snowmobile trails run through the Delaware Wild Forest, and ample opportunity for other recreational opportunities and solitude exist within the unit as well.

For a description of recreational opportunities in the unit, please visit the Delaware Wild Forest recreation web page.

Status of the UMP

In 2008, DEC adopted a revision to the Catskill Park State Land Master Plan (CPSLMP). In the CPSLMP, the Delaware Wild Forest was designated through the re-classification of two other Forest Preserve units: the Cherry Ridge-Campbell Mountain Wild Forest and the Middle Mountain Wild Forest. In 1988, a unit management plan (UMP) was adopted for the Cherry Ridge-Campbell Mountain Wild Forest, and in 1987 a UMP was adopted for the Middle Mountain Wild Forest. These UMPs still affect management of the Delaware Wild Forest today. If you have questions about either UMP, please contact us at

Download the UMPs

2005 Amendment

The Cherry Ridge-Campbell Mountain UMP was amended in 2005 to include the following proposals:

  • Open to CP-3 use and construct of a vehicle bridge on administrative roads that access Trout and Mud Ponds
  • Develop an accessible campsite and privy at Trout Pond
  • Develop two accessible campsites and privies at Russell Brook
  • Develop snowmobile trails where appropriate from old Town roads and logging roads, and designate portions of hiking trails for use by snowmobiles
  • Develop fishing access parking for the Beaver Kill along Old Route 17

2005 Amendment to the Cherry Ridge-Campbell Mountain UMP (PDF)

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