Using the Wildlands

Information and Guidelines

Uses of the Wildlands include hiking, jogging, bicycling, horseback riding, geocaching, letterboxing, fishing, hunting, photography, nature study, paddling, picnicking, berry-picking, x-c skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Need a map? Visit our Access & Maps page.


By permission only in two designated campsites, for a small fee.  Wildlands Camping Policy/Registration Form


Two hiking-orientated maps are available as downloads or from the office Access and Maps


Allowed on leash only; please protect the wildlife! Thanks for removing feces from trails, roads and parking lot. Please note: Dogs are not allowed in the Wildlife Protection Zone, a roughly 1000-acre area where the management priority is protecting wildlife habitat. It includes Hothole Brook, Hothole Pond, Coywolf, Bump Hill, and Birding Trails.


Have a GPS unit and want to try geocaching? Go to for Wildlands caches.  If you want to place a cache, please contact us first about it.


Letterboxing Page


Please stay on multi-use trails and avoid foot-travel-only trails.

Horseback riding:

Please stay on multi-use trails and avoid foot-travel-only trails, and remove droppings from parking lots. Horse trailer parking available at South Gate and along Valley Road when South Gate is open, or at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery for Dead River Gate. Riding groups, please call 469-6929 or e-mail to notify us of a large group ride.

Hunting, Trapping & Fishing:

For information and to register to hunt or trap, download form and policy. Email completed form or stop by the office for staff signature


Snowmobiles are welcome on designated trails. Snowmobile map


If your group wants to have the gates opened or to use the property in a way other than what’s listed above, consult our Wildlands Special Use Policy and contact us.

Off-road vehicles:

No ATVs, drones, dirt bikes or other off-road vehicles (other than snowmobiles) are allowed. Thank you for complying and helping us protect the many sensitive wildlife habitats of this public asset.

Foraging and berry-picking:

Raspberries and blueberries are plentiful in July and early August; blackberries ripen in august. Please do not remove wildflowers or other plants, animals or animal remains.

Respect the Wildlands: 

Take only pictures and leave only footprints! Remove all trash. Keep the Wildlands wild!

Questions or comments? 207-469-6929 or