Columbia County

Columbia County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,096. The county seat is Hudson. Columbia County is part of the Albany-Schenectady-Amsterdam, NY Combined Statistical Area.

Columbia County is in the eastern part of New York State, southeast of Albany and immediately west of the Massachusetts border. The western border is the Hudson River.

The terrain is gentle, rolling hills, rising sharply into the Taconic and Berkshire Mountains along the state line.

The highest point is on the Massachusetts state line near the summit of Alander Mountain, at approximately 2,110 feet (643 m) above sea level, in the town of Copake. The lowest point is at or near sea level along the Hudson.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_County,_New_York

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Map: Harvey Mountain State Forest

Map: Harvey Mountain State Forest

Harvey Mountain State Forest are managed for multiple uses, including timber production, watershed protection, wildlife habitat and recreation. Recreational opportunities include hiking, biking, picnicking, horseback riding (except on foot trails and snowmobile/ski trails when snow covered), camping, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife observation and photography.

Harvey Mountain State Forest also has a lean-to along the trail, as well as a large, unique blueberry patch at the summit of the mountain.

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Map: Beebe Hill State Forest

Map: Beebe Hill State Forest

Beebe Hill State Forest (in the Columbia County town of Austerlitz) was established in 1963 and is the home of the Beebe Hill fire tower, erected in 1964 and operated through 1987. Recent history has seen the protection of over 3,000 acres of state forests in Columbia County. The 60-foot-tall fire tower was originally constructed on Alander Mountain in the Berkshires in 1928. Five years later it was moved to Washburn Mountain in Columbia County, where it stood until it was moved to Beebe Hill in 1964. Harvey Mountain State Forest, to the east, was purchased in 1999 and adjoins Beebe Hill State Forest.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/66460.html