Nimham Mountain State Forest

Kent Lakes, New York 10516

Nimham Mountain State Forest

Nimham Mountain State Forest Professional Guide

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"A relatively short trip to Nimham’s summit allows you take in the sweeping views of the eastern mid-Hudson from the recently restored fire tower, one of the tallest in the state. the hinterlands of Putnam County, since both were used for the name of the Munsee chief who once owned the land and fought in court, unsuccessfully, to get it back. After using “Ninham” for many years, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) now calls it Nimham Mountain State Forest, per a consensus among local historians that that is the more correct spelling."

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New York City & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Tammy McCarley
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"At 1023 acres, Ninham Mountain is the largest Multiple Use Area in Putnam County and a fabulous location for a challenging hike with your dog. Named for Sachem Daniel Ninham, who fought with Ethan Allen against the British and Iroquois in this area during the Revolutionary War, Ninham Mountain today offers a much more relaxed environment— perfect for a day hike with your dog. Also note that state multiple use areas, including Ninham, do permit dogs off leash as long as they are under voice control at all times."

Nimham Mountain State Forest Trip Reports

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This is a spacious, interesting area. The radio tower is the magnet that draws most people (the views are truly entrancing), but the entire area has an assortment of hardwood forest types that are intriguing and quietly beautiful.

The hiking experience is marred somewhat by the probably irrepressible use of the area by mountain bike cyclists and motorized vehicles taking advantage of the many old wood roads that crisscross the preserve.

The biggest problem in navigating the area is the proliferation of marked and unmarked trails. The trail guide we uploaded from gave a description of a 2+ mile circumnavigational trail, but, in the welter of intersecting paths, it was impossible to follow, and we wound up having to bushwhack our way back to the parking lot. The adjoining camp has carved out (or marked out) its own trails to the abandoned tower, and the opportunities for error are too numerous to be able to follow the printed trail description with any confidence.

This situation needs to be addressed by a cooperative color-coded marking system to which all the parties using the preserve subscribe and in whose maintenance they all participate.

Having been there once, we now have the general lay of the land in our heads and can probably intuit our way to and from any point on the property using the closed gravel road to the tower as our axis. But woe to the person whose orientation skills are minimal and whose woodland experience is relatively thin. He or she will almost certainly encounter problems, especially if if the impulse to explore is indulged.
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Ninham has some great trails but not where this map takes you. The parking on the right side of the road is the place to go and the trails are somewhat marked with Blue markers. A decent amount of doubletrack and technical singletrack. Check out better guides on
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Short and sweet! Great for the little ones. Tower is just too dangerous for some. Beautiful prize when you get to the top! - Fran

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Trail Information

Kent Lakes
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
520 feet
Elevation Gain
Skill Level
1.0 hour
Ninham Mountain State Multiple Use Area
Local Contacts
USGS Lake Carmel; at trailhead kiosk
Local Maps

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