Hiking

Hike in Bovina

Hiking (including cross country skiing and snowshoeing) is allowed on many City-owned watershed lands that are marked with Watershed Recreation Signs stating “Entry by Permit” or “Public Access Areas.”. For lands that require a permit, you can apply for your permit online through our Access Permit System. All recreational users should pay very close attention to the types of signs that are present because properties marked with “No Trespassing” or “Posted” signs are not open for public use, including areas immediately around New York City reservoirs.

Many old logging roads exist that are well-suited for hiking, cross country skiing, or snowshoeing. Hikers are encouraged to visit designated hiking properties where they can often discover hidden treasures such as scenic waterfalls and breathtaking vistas. Dogs are generally allowed on City-owned lands but they must be well-behaved and controllable. Any animal waste should be promptly cleaned up and removed.

Use our Interactive Recreation Map to find City-owned properties and understand the types of recreation that are permitted in each area. You can also download Recreation Area Maps and Use Designations by County. For answers to commonly asked questions about hiking and DEP Access Permits, visit Hiking FAQs and DEP Access Permit FAQs.

Recreation Unit Closures

Please read and follow the Watershed Recreation Signs posted in these project areas.

  • Mile Shore Recreational Unit: Ashokan Reservoir, Town of Hurley, Ulster County. Approximately 76 acres located on the east end of the unit, including gates E22A and E-23 in the vicinity of Torino’s Cove, will be subject to closure. Download the Mile Shore Unit Map.
  • Shavertown Recreation Unit: Pepacton Reservoir, Town of Andes, Delaware County. Closures include sections of the Shavertown Trail along the gravel road to Snake Pond as well as lands and trails above Snake Pond. The Snake Pond Loop Trail will remain open and is now accessed by a well-marked alternate route from the intersection with the forest road to the junction with the pond loop trail. Please contact Collin Miller, Watershed Forester at (607) 363-9010 with any questions. Download the Shavertown Bridge Unit Map.
  • Long Pond Recreational Unit: Town of Carmel, Putnam County. The 32 Acre Long Pond Recreational Unit will be closed due to construction work on the Willow Pond spillway. Work is expected to be completed by mid-May 2019. Download the Long Pond Unit Map.