Sundown Wild Forest

Park Overview:

For a compilation of New York State lands in the Catskill Forest Preserve consisting of wild forests and wilderness areas click here.  This area has no separate Department of Environmental Conservation web site.  For a description of Catskill Park and its trails click here.  

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:11 miles
Park Acreage:29500 acres
West Shokan [near
Buy Book:New York Walk Book

Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

A wilderness area is where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by humans --where we are visitors who do not remain. A wilderness is further defined to mean an area of State land or water having a primeval character, without significant improvements or permanent human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve, and where necessary, enhance and restore, its natural conditions.  Wilderness areas offer outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation.

A wild forest is an area of Forest Preserve land which differs from wilderness in that generally the physical characteristics of wild forest areas are capable of withstanding higher levels of recreational use. Wild forest areas convey less of a sense of remoteness and provide fewer outstanding opportunities for solitude for visitors.  [Source: adapted from the State of New York, Catskill Park State Land Master Plan, August 2008]

Trails Overview:

See Catskill Park [link above] and Trail Conference, Catskill Trails, Map 41.



For parking areas, principally along Peekamoose Road [County 42], see TC Map 43.

Contact Information:NYS, Department of Environmental Conservation