Bluestone Wild Forest

WLC, OSI Announce Public Meeting on Trail Improvement Plan for Property Adjacent to Bluestone Wild Forest

Image Credit: Greg Miller

KINGSTON & WOODSTOCK, NY (April 25, 2019)—Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC) and the Open Space Institute (OSI), in partnership with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), today announced an upcoming public informational meeting about efforts to improve a trail network on OSI-owned land adjacent to DEC’s Bluestone Wild Forest in the Catskill Park.

The public will have the opportunity to learn about and provide input on the trail improvement plan at the informational meeting that will be held on Tuesday, May 7th at Senate Garage on 4 North Front Street in Kingston at 6 PM. Please RSVP to: [email protected].

In February, OSI purchased a 208-acre property, containing intact forest, portions of a beautiful pond and significant wetlands. The property links, via Morey Hill Rd, two previously unconnected sections of the 3,000-acre Bluestone Wild Forest: Jockey Hill to the east and Onteora Lake to the west. The acquisition presented an opportunity to create a comprehensive trail system that connects with the Bluestone Wild Forest’s existing trails.

Working together with the WLC and DEC and in coordination with the Ulster County Planning Department, the Towns of Woodstock and Kingston, bicycle advocacy group Fats in the Cats and Overlook Bicycles, OSI is developing a plan to create a six-mile multi-use trail network on the property.

A visitor enjoys mountain biking at Bluestone Wild Forest Addition.
A visitor enjoys mountain biking at Bluestone Wild Forest Addition.
Image Credit: Greg Miller

The trail plan has the potential to advance a regional effort to create hubs of destination-quality mountain biking trails, diversify recreational use of the Catskill Mountains, and increase economic activity through enhanced year-round recreational opportunities.

Located ten minutes from the New York State Thruway in The Towns of Kingston and Woodstock, the trail plan also ties into the effort to connect City of Kingston neighborhoods with the Catskill Park and its High Peaks; expand tourism in Ulster County; and increase outdoor recreational opportunities for local residents and visitors alike.

The trail improvement plan sets the stage for creating regional connectivity of protected lands, and permanently protecting a scenic, forested parcel for public enjoyment and recreation.  

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