|The rules associated with using Department of Environmental Conservation managed public lands in New York State for recreational purposes are as follows:Hiking and backcountry camping are allowed on Forest Preserve lands in the Catskill Park as well on other State Forest areas. Generally, camping is prohibited on Unique Areas, Wildlife Management Areas and other categories of state land. Hiking is generally permitted anywhere but special requirements apply to mountain biking and horseback riding.
For information about specific land areas contact the DEC Regional Office responsible for the area (listed below). For information about state campgrounds visit the Department’s web site www.dec.state.ny.us/website/do/or2top.htm. The rules and guidelines for the use of New York State’s public lands are in general as follows:
NYSDEC Regional Offices for the Catskill Region:
Region 3 (Sullivan & Ulster counties)
Region 4 (Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie & Greene counties)