Big Indian Wilderness Trail is located near Livingston Manor, NY and offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Ulster County, NY: The Big Indian Wilderness lies primarily in northwestern Ulster County just south of the Hamlet of Pine Hill, nearly evenly divided between the towns of Denning, Hardenburgh and Shandaken. The Wilderness Area straddles the divide between the Delaware and Hudson River Basins. It is bounded on the north by Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, on the south by the Willowemoc Wild Forest and is immediately adjacent to the Slide Mountain Wilderness Area to the east. Trailhead parking is well marked. The more popular trailheads include:Lost Clove Trailhead - Located in the town of Shandaken, 2 miles south of Big Indian at the end of Lost Clove Road.McKenley Hollow Trailhead - Located in the town of Shandaken, 4 miles south of Big Indian at the end of McKenley Hollow Road.Biscuit Brook Trailhead - Located in the town of Denning, 13 miles south of Big Indian on Route 47.Black Bear Road Trailhead - Located in the town of Denning, 2 miles northwest of Claryville.Mongaup Pond Trailhead - Located in Mongaup Pond Campground. From Livingston Manor, take SR 81 east for about 1 mile. It will turn into SR 82; continue east several more miles. You will be paralleling Willowemoc Creek. Turn left onto Mongaup Road / Fish Hatchery Road which is near the confluence of Willowemoc and Mongaup Creeks in DeBruce. Head north about 2 miles. The road will fork. Bear right onto Mongaup Pond Road which carries you into the campground.Hardenburgh Trailhead - Located on Beaverkill Road in the town of Hardenburgh, 6 miles east of Turnwood.Balsam Lake Mountain Trailhead - Located at the eastern end of the Beaverkill Road in Hardenburgh, 8 miles east of Turnwood.Seager Trailhead - Located in the town of Hardenburgh at the end of Dry Brook Road, 9 miles south of Arkville.Rider Hollow Trailhead - Located in the town of Hardenburgh at the end of Rider Hollow Road.Pine Hill - West Branch Trailhead - Access is limited due to parking constraints. Located in the town of Shandaken, 1 mile south of Pine Hill. Take Bonnie View Avenue to Station Road to Woodchuck Hollow Road.
First real hike in a while. Made it about an hour into the trail from the Lost Clove trail head. A fun walk, very pretty, but all up hill. Got tired pretty quickly. Would like to go back and try again soon.