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California Hill State Forest
|Park Overview:|| |
Bring your compass and/or GPS skills to this undeveloped land. At the end of Wawayanda Court, there is a launch for cartop boats onto shallow, marshy Wawayanda Lake.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Park Acreage:||948 acres|
|Buy Trail Map:||East Hudson Trails Map|
|Buy Book:||New York Walk Book |
|Park Description:|| |
In 2004, New York State purchased a 617-acre parcel in Putnam County which contained most of the 90-acre Wawayanda Lake, and in 2007 it bought land that made the former Pudding Street, Gordon Road and California Hill Multiple Use Areas one contiguous open space. Today, these three areas have been combined to form the 950-acre California Hill State Forest, devoted to sustainable forest management, recreation, watershed protection and the enhancement and protection of natural resources.
|Trails Overview:|| |
There are no marked trails in this forest. Hunting is a major activity, so be aware of hunting seasons. A crude trail map of part of the park is available at this link. The park can be mapped also with the NY DEC interactive map tool. Forest roads give access from each parking area.
Take the Pudding Street exit off the Taconic State Parkway, heading east. Note: from the southbound Taconic Parkway, this is a left exit. There are 3 places to access the park:
From the east, the park can be accessed from NY 301 and County Route 21/Peekskill Hollow Rd in Kent.
|Contact Information:||DEC, Lower Hudson Valley -- Region 3 |
|Region:||Fahnestock State Park|