DEC recently announced a new no-cost, day use permitting system requiring visitors to obtain a permit to access the Blue Hole, located in the Sundown Wild Forest of the Catskill Park in the town of Denning, Ulster County. The new permitting system is designed to strike a balance between ensuring State lands are open and accessible to the public while reducing environmental damage and enhancing public safety.
Under the new no-cost permit system, visitors to the Blue Hole are required to obtain a permit on weekends and holidays from May 15 through October 15 every year. DEC will issue up to 40 permits per day, and each permit allows entry for up to six individuals, including children, allowing for a maximum of 240 people to access the Blue Hole each day.
Because of heavy use of this area, DEC encourages users to enjoy other nearby state lands. Check out the list of nearby state lands, facilities, amenities and other information.