The Wilmington Wild Forest Unit Management Plan Amendment has been approved by the Adirondack Park Agency and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The Amendment, submitted by DEC and declared in conformance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan by the APA, provides for rerouting some trails, developing 4.8 miles of new mountain biking trails, and constructing two additional parking lots.
The Wilmington Wild Forest consists of 16,900 acres of state forest preserve lands in towns of Wilmington, Jay, Saint Armand and Keene in Essex County and the town of Black Brook in Clinton County.
There are currently more than 20 miles of mountain biking trails in the unit along with snowmobile, cross-country skiing and hiking trails, and campsites and parking areas.
Other provisions in the amended management plan include:
Reroute and improvement to the Cooper Kill Trail, a multi-use trail classified as a class I (secondary) snowmobile trail to better protect natural resources;
Reroute of the Marble Mountain hiking trail to better protect natural resources;
Construction of .7 miles of accessible trails providing access to scenic areas; and
Improvements to existing parking areas.
A copy of the Amended Plan can be found here.