The Bashakill Wildlife Management Area is located on the Orange County-Sullivan County border just south of Wurtsboro, New York. It consists of over 3,000 acres of wetlands and uplands which were acquired by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) with funds from the 1972 Bond Act.
The landscape offers scenic views and an unmatched natural setting for hiking, canoeing, birdwatching and fishing. Above all, it is a place to breathe deeply, to feel the beauty and peace of a unique, unspoiled place in nature.
Within the boundaries of Bashakill you'll come across remnants of the old Delaware and Hudson Canal and New York, Ontario and Western Railway's Port Jervis to Kingston branch. The former towpath is suitable for walking, cross country skiing, and bicycling. However, the old railroad bed has not been graded nor have railroad ties been removed. Therefore, some walkers and bicyclists might have difficulty negotiating much of it.
Operating any motorized vehicle within the Wildlife Management Area except on access roads and designated parking areas is prohibited.
The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation may eject any person from the Wildlife Management Area for behavior that endangers the general safety of persons on the Area or interferes with the management and use of the Area's natural resources.
Printed information about the Area may be obtained from the NY State DEC Bureau of Wildlife, Region 3 Office, 21 South Putt Corners, New Paltz, NY 12561.
Parking and Trail Access
Take NY State Route 17/Interstate Route 86 east or west to exit 113. Take Route 209 traveling south (in the direction of Port Jervis). When you see the Moose Lodge on your left, make a left onto Haven Road. There are some parking spots here, and you can hike along the Basha Kill in both directions. Or, continue on Haven Road until it intersects with South Road. Make a right turn onto South Road and proceed to the first of four boat launch areas.
Beautiful Day at the Baskakill
I had read the reviews and descriptions of the paths and wasn't exactly sure where to go so I drove around in my car to find my way around and see the conditions the paths. The path at the boat launch off of South Road and another one at the South Road ...
"The most accessible portion of the canal towpath within Bashakill is just over three miles long. It’s a great bicycle ride for those who don’t mind technical surfaces. There are many exposed roots and rocks, some missing bridges, and loads of tall grass ...
"Although a portion of the former New York Ontario and Western Railway’s right-of-way spans the entire length of this NY State Wildlife Management Area, the rail trail south of Haven Road is not suited for bicycle or foot travel. This because of the habitual ...