Hiking The Willowemoc Wild Forest
The 39th most popular hiking trail in New York.
Monday 25 July 2016 04:22 GMT
Northeast of Livington, the Willowemoc Wild Forest has 40 miles of trails open to hiking.
The Willowemoc Wild Forest is eighteen miles north of Liberty and nine miles northeast of Livingston Manor, the closest village with amenities. It lies largely within the northern Sullivan County towns of Neversink and Rockland, with small appendages in the towns of Hardenburgh and Denning in Ulster County. The Wild Forest surrounds the Mongaup Pond State Campground and abuts the Big Indian Wilderness.
Black Bear Road Trailhead is in the town of Denning, Ulster County, two miles northwest of Claryville.
Long Pond Trailhead is in the town of Neversink, Sullivan County, on Flugertown Road, 3 miles northeast of Willowemoc.
Mongaup Pond Campground is in the town of Rockland, Sullivan County. From Rte 17 at exit 96, take County Roads 81 and 82 east to DeBruce, turn left onto Fish Hatchery Road and drive north 3 miles to the campground. A day-use fee must be paid to enter the campground May through December, when it is open.
Frick Pond Trailhead is in the town of Rockland, Sullivan County. Follow directions to Mongaup Pond Campground (see above). From Fish Hatchery Road, turn left onto Beech Mountain Road (one mile south of campground) then drive 1/4 mile.
Note: Approximately 15 miles are for hiking only, such as the Mongaup-Hardenburgh Trail to the Big Indian Wilderness.
Overall, Willowemoc Wild Forest is the 39th most popular hiking trail of all 49 hikes in New York. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Willowemoc Wild Forest including Escarpment Trail, Burroughs Range Trail, Long Path, Bear Springs Mountain Trails and Vernooy Kill Falls Trail.