Orange County, NY

Orange County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. It is part of the Poughkeepsie–Newburgh–Middletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area and is located at the northern reaches of the New York metropolitan area. The county is in the state's Mid-Hudson Region of the Hudson Valley.

Orange County is in southeastern New York State, directly north of the New Jersey-New York border, west of the Hudson River, east of the Delaware River and northwest of New York City. It borders the New York counties of Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester, as well as Passaic and Sussex counties in New Jersey and Pike County in Pennsylvania.

Orange County is the only county in New York State which borders both the Hudson and Delaware Rivers.

Orange County is where the Great Valley of the Appalachians finally opens up and ends. The western corner is set off by the Shawangunk Ridge. The area along the Rockland County border (within Harriman and Bear Mountain state parks) and south of Newburgh is part of the Hudson Highlands. The land in between is the valley of the Wallkill River. In the southern portion of the county the Wallkill valley expands into a wide glacial lake bed known as the Black Dirt Region for its fertility.

The highest point is Schunemunk Mountain, at 1,664 feet (507 m) above sea level. The lowest is sea level along the Hudson.,_New_York

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New York State
Gobbler's Knob State Forest
Pochuck State Forest
Sloop Hill Unique Area
Stewart State Forest

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Map: Pochuck Mountain State Forest

Map: Pochuck Mountain State Forest

Pochuck State Forest (Orange #5) encompasses 503 acres of land and is located in the hamlet of Pine Island near the town of Warwick in Orange County. It is a popular area for recreational activities such as hunting, hiking, camping, and horseback riding.

Pochuck State Forest is undeveloped and has no formally marked trails. As such, this forest offers unique opportunities to those who wish to explore on their own. There are, however, former logging trails, skid trails, and Public Forest Access Roads which provide informal recreational access on the property. At this time, plans are being discussed to create additional formal trail networks.

Map: Stewart State Forest

Map: Stewart State Forest

The 6700-acres of Stewart State Forest are unique in the northeast and increasingly rare in the Hudson Valley. A mix of wetlands, fields and woods, the site includes 18 miles of gravel roads and over 22 miles of major trails which provide unparalleled recreation - hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting, dog training and trials, skiing, snowmobiling, bird watching and fishing. Old farm fields take you to an earlier gentler time in our nation's history.

Hiking: Hiking is allowed on the property. Please see the attached map for trail locations. Please note that unless specifically posted as foot trails, all trails on the property are multiple use trails. Roadways on Stewart State Forest are accessible by car for people with disabilities, but a permit must first be obtained from DEC. Special arrangements must be made to obtain combinations for entry at selected gates.

Camping: Camping is only allowed by permit in specially designated group camping areas and must be greater than 150 feet from any trail, road or water body.

Snowmobiling: Allowed on designated trails.

Mountain biking: Allowed on designated trails or multiple use trails.

Horseback Riding: Allowed on all multiple use trails and roads.