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Grafton Lakes
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Stissing Mountain
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Taconic Crest Trail
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Map: Capital District Wildlife Management Area

Map: Capital District Wildlife Management Area

The 4153 acre Capital District Wildlife Management Area (WMA) was acquired from 1928 to 1941 for use as a game management area and game refuge. Prior to acquisition, the main human activities on the area had been subsistence farming and charcoal burning. During the 1930's and 40's a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp was operated at the WMA and many projects, including the dam for the Black River Pond and the roads on the management area were completed. The WMA was used as a stocking site during the beaver reintroduction program of the 1930's, and in 1944 the refuge designation was dropped, and the entire area became a wildlife management area.

Located in the Towns of Stephentown and Berlin in Rensselaer County, there are seven miles of public truck trails with several small parking areas and numerous pull offs throughout the road network. Additional public access to the interior of the WMA is provided by nine miles of multiple use trails for hiking, skiing, mountain biking and horseback riding. Cherry Plain State Park, nestled within the WMA, is managed by the Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservations.

Map: Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area

Map: Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area

Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area consists of 590 acres in the Tows of Milan, Pine Plains, and Stanford in Dutchess County.

Nearby is the Stissing Fire Tower stands on one acre of ground, both of which are owned by Friends of Stissing Landmarks (FOSL), a not-for-profit organization created to save and preserve the tower for public enjoyment.

The shortest and easiest point of access is from Lake Road in Pine Plains, just down from the Thompson Pond Preserve entrance on the bend of the road. The ascent to the tower begins by crossing approximately 100 yards of Nature Conservancy property, after which the trails cross private property all the way to the tower.