Delaware County

Delaware County is a county located in the US state of New York. As of 2010 the population was 47,980.

Delaware County is located in the southern part of the state, separated from the state of Pennsylvania by the Delaware River. It is east of Binghamton and southwest of Albany. The county contains part of the Catskill Mountains. The county is within a region called the Southern Tier of New York State.

The highest point is an approximately 3,520-foot (1,073 m) summit of Bearpen Mountain along the Greene County line. The lowest point is along the Delaware River. The county is drained by the headwaters of the Delaware. It has a hilly surface, and the soil in the valleys is exceedingly fertile. The Delaware and Susquehanna rivers are here navigable by boats.

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

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Map: Huckleberry Loop Trail

Map: Huckleberry Loop Trail

The Dry Brook Ridge Wild Forest is made up of four non-contiguous Forest Preserve parcels in the western Catskill Park. For a combined total of 8,900 acres, these parcels are located in the Towns of Andes and Middletown in Delaware County, and the Town of Hardenburgh in Ulster County. The unit is made up of rugged, mountainous land most of which is moderate to steep in grade, and the area is primarily used by the public for hunting, fishing and hiking.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/72992.html

Map: Big Pond

Map: Big Pond

At 50‐acre Big Pond, non‐motorized boats can be launched from the small parking lot. Several unmarked trails andmeadows connect a larger parking lot a few hundred feet to the south oft he lake. Big Pond is about one‐half mile north of the entrance road to Little Pond Campground on Barkaboom Road.

Map: Mill Brook Pond

Map: Mill Brook Pond

The Dry Brook Ridge Wild Forest is made up of four non-contiguous Forest Preserve parcels in the western Catskill Park. For a combined total of 8,900 acres, these parcels are located in the Towns of Andes and Middletown in Delaware County, and the Town of Hardenburgh in Ulster County. The unit is made up of rugged, mountainous land most of which is moderate to steep in grade, and the area is primarily used by the public for hunting, fishing and hiking.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/72992.html

Map: Trout Pond – Russell Brook Falls

Map: Trout Pond – Russell Brook Falls

These wild forest lands, later added to the Delaware Wild Forest is home to Russell Brook Falls, Trout Pond, and Mud Pond.

The main access road to this area is Russell Brook Road, which is accessed from Morton Hill Road, which runs north-west from Rockland/Roscoe.

Along Russell Brook Road, there are 3 designated campsites, with rock barriers that require vehicles to be parked a short distance from the fireplace. There are also outhouse near one of the campsites, which is designed to be accessible.

Near the end of Russell Brook Road, there is a parking area. A short walk down a gated woods road, there is the Russell Brook Falls. There are two large tent campsites near the falls. The falls are quite scenic, dropping down several drops -- you can only see the lower falls from their base.

From there, the gated road splits into two trails. One goes to Mud Pond and the other to Trout Pond also known as Cables Lake. The terrain is hilly, but not steep around here, so the hike back to Trout Pond is an easy 9/10th of a mile.

The sign says 1.4 miles, however that includes an additional 1/2 mile to the western end of the Trout Lake, where the two lean-tos and two-campsites are located. There is also one campsite on the east end of Trout Lake, and one in the valley about halfway to Trout Lake.

There also is a lean-to on Campbell Mountain, however none of the other roads here have roadside camping available.

Map: Balsam Lake Mountain Trail

Map: Balsam Lake Mountain Trail

Located in the southwest corner of the Catskill Park, Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest contains more than 13,500 acres of "forever wild" Forest Preserve. With an extensive trail network to several ponds, this wild forest is ideal for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, backpacking, canoeing and cross-country skiing.

The Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest is located 8 miles south of Margaretville (Route 28) and 18 miles north of Livingston Manor (Route 17). It lies mainly within the western Ulster County town of Hardenburgh, with small appendages in the towns of Middletown and Andes in Delaware County.

The terrain is a combination of high mountain ridges, steep sided valleys, numerous brooks and ponds, with elevations ranging from a low of 1,740 feet along Mill Brook to a high of 3,723 feet at the summit of Balsam Lake Mountain.