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Rusk Mountain Wild Forest

Located within Greene County, the Rusk Mountain Wild Forest is made up of approximately 3,900 acres of Catskill Forest Preserve. The unit extends from the summit of Hunter Mountain on the east, westward along a ridge of land which included Rusk, Evergreen, Pine Island, and Packsaddle mountains. The summit of Hunter Mountain is the home of the recently refurbished fire tower and observer's cabin, which offers 360-degree views of the area.

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

Status of the UMP

In 2008, DEC adopted a revision to the Catskill Park State Land Master Plan (CPSLMP). In the CPSLMP, the Rusk Mountain Wild Forest was designated through the re-classification of a portion of the Hunter Mountain Wild Forest. In 1995, a unit management plan (UMP) was adopted for the Hunter Mountain Wild Forest. If you have questions about the UMP, please e-mail us at

Download the UMP

Hunter Mountain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (PDF)

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