Roosa Gap State Forest


View from Roosa Gap Fire Tower (photo Daniel Chazen)
Park Overview:

Stunning views from the Shawangunk Ridge while hiking along co-aligned long distance trails  

Trail Uses:Hiking, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:5 miles
Park Acreage:680 acres
Web Map:NY DEC trail map
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

Roosa Gap State Forest is in the middle of three state forests aligned south to north from Wurtsboro, and linked together by one marked hiking trail. Hikers will be treated to spectacular views of the surrounding valley.

A variety of wildlife can be found within the state forest, including game species, birds, reptiles and amphibians.   Hunting is allowed in season.


Trails Overview:

Roosa Gap State Forest features a three-mile section of the co-aligned Shawangunk Ridge Trail (SRT) and the Long Path (LP).  In addition to this hiking trail, there are approximately two miles of unmarked multiple use trails that branch off it.  Use Web Map link above. 

The 35-foot fire tower north of Roosa Gap, constructed in 1948, is officially open to the public according to the forester in charge (the DEC’s website needs to be updated).  The chain-link fence is a leftover from the days when it was an emergency tower and an unlocked gate now provides access.  The Long Path was recently moved so that it is now adjacent to the fire tower; the purpose of the relocation was to encourage hikers to climb the tower.



Two parking areas are located near the end of Fire Tower Road (on some maps identified as Plank Road).  The first one is roadside parking, a widening off the road. The road section between there and the official DEC parking area is up a rutted dirt road, not drivable for many vehicles.    

GPS: 41.616728, -74.425445 or Google Maps (showing the Plank Road version of the name).

See also Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest for directions to Ferguson Road parking areas with access also the Roosa Gap State Forest.

Contact Information:NYS, Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 3
Region:Shawangunk Mountains