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Turkey Point State Forest

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Map showing location of Turkey point in NY and Ulster County

Turkey Point is a 139-acre state forest in the Town of Saugerties in Ulster County, fronting on the Hudson River. Immediately to the south of Turkey Point is the county's Ulster Landing Park. The hills and terraces contain a small forested swamp, an open swamp, a few brushy fields, and a small conifer plantation, adding diversity to this relatively undeveloped property. It is historically significant as an anchorage for Henry Hudson. The remains of the ice house operated by the Knickerbocker Ice Company can be found along the river bank. A 200-foot-deep concrete dock provides fishing for species such as striped bass, not normally caught from shore.

Featured Activities

Hiking

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

Two children walking down a path through the woods

Hiking is permitted anywhere on Turkey Point State Forest. An old woods road leads from the parking lot on Flatbush Camp Road to the former U.S. Coast Guard dock and to a small beach on the Hudson River.

There are two marked trails connecting to Sojouner Truth/Ulster Landing County Park and the Hudson River to the south of the property. There are also a number of unmarked and unmaintained old farm roads and inactive logging trails.

Primitive 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 formal camp sites on this property, however individuals may set up camp at any location which is at least 150 feet from water, roads or trails. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger at (845) 256-3026.

Hunting & Trapping

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Wildlife Management Unit: 3J

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 the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right-of-ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails.

Target shooting is not permitted at Turkey Point State Forest.

Fishing

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General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and regulations

A seated angler holds a freshly caught fish at a fishing pier

Fishing access to the Hudson River is available both from the former Coast Guard dock for persons with disabilities (0.6 mile beyond the gate on Flatbush Camp Road, on a gravel-woods road) and via two small beaches - one near the dock and one to the south near Ulster Landing Park. The deep water immediately adjacent to the former dock provides an opportunity to fish for striped bass and other sport fish that normally are not caught easily from shore.

At the end of the road is a small parking lot with access paths leading to a 200-foot wharf, formerly owned by the U.S. Coast Guard, that has been converted to an accessible fishing pier and an accessible hand launch on the Hudson River. The site is notable for its seclusion and shoreline access to the river's deep channel.

See special tidal Hudson River fishing regulations (leaves DEC website).

Mountain Biking

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

There are a number of unmarked and unmaintained old farm roads and inactive logging trails which can be used for mountain biking.

Horseback Riding

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

There are several unmarked and unmaintained old farm roads and inactive logging trails on this property which can be used for horseback riding. Proof of current negative Coggins certificate is required for all horses, and out-of-state horse owners are required to produce a 30-day health certificate.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.

Accessible Features

Accessible recreation

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

The former Coast Guard dock provides a fishing pier for people with disabilities (0.6 miles beyond the gate on Flatbush Camp Road, on a gravel-woods road). At the end of the road is a small parking lot with access paths leading to a 200-foot wharf, formerly owned by the U.S. Coast Guard, that has been converted to an accessible fishing pier on the Hudson River. The site is notable for its seclusion and shoreline access to the river's deep channel. The gated road also provides for motorized access by people with disabilities who would otherwise have difficulty accessing the site. Individuals who have obtained a Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities permit may call DEC's New Paltz office to open the gate by combination lock.

Directions

  • From Route 32, turn east onto Ulster Landing Road. Turn left onto Flatbush Camp Road. Follow to the parking area. (42.016095°N,73.94566°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) to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, preserve natural resources and be courteous to other backcountry visitors.

All visitors to Turkey Point State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all outdoor safety practices for their safety and the protection of the resource.

Target shooting is prohibited on this property.

Planning and Management

DEC has developed a Draft West of Hudson Unit Management Plan (UMP) that will include Turkey Point State Forests and describes the proposed management activities for nearby state land units as well. 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.

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Turkey Point Unit Management Plan. The UMP also contains detailed information on natural features, recreation, geology, natural and human history, habitats, wildlife and much more. View the Turkey Point State Forest UMP (PDF) and the 2008 Amendment to Turkey Point UMP (PDF).

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please emails us at r3.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

  • Bluestone Wild Forest in the Towns of Hurley and Kingston offers hiking, fishing, hunting, biking, picnicking and many winter activities as well.
  • Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area is across the Hudson River, about a half-hour away, in the Town of Red Hook. It has hiking trails, canoe launches and is an excellent birding area. It is a unique marsh bird breeding area and an important staging area for migrating waterfowl.

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Lodging, dining, shopping and attractions can be found in the nearby communities of Saugerties (to the North) and Kingston (to the south)

Ulster County Tourism (leaves DEC website) provides 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.