|The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation manages many public lands in New York State, including the Catskill and Adirondack State Forest Preserves and many other State Forests. For recreational purposes, 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 general rules and guidelines for the use of New York State’s public lands are as follows:
NYSDEC Regional Offices for the Catskill Region:
Region 3 (Sullivan & Ulster counties)
Region 4 (Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie & Greene counties)