State Forests in the Finger Lakes
There are more than 60 state forest in the Finger Lakes. These forests are open to the public for recreational purposes without charge.
Things to Remember
1. Many of these areas are in locations were cell/mobile phones do not work, however, you should always bring a cell/mobile phone in cases of an emergency.
2. Bring plenty of water.
3. It's easy to get lost in an unfamiliar place. Bring a compass or a GPS. Take a reading when you start out so you can get back to that point.
4. Stay on trails whenever possible.
5. Dogs should be leashed at all times.
State Forest Regulations
Anyone enjoying the use of this State Forest must observe the following rules which protect them and the forest environment:
1. Do not litter. Carry out what you carry in. Burying of refuse is prohibited.
2. If you build a fire, do so with care and use wood from dead and downed trees only. Never leave a fire unattended.
3. All motorized vehicles are restricted to access roads posted as motor vehicle trails. Off road use of motorized vehicles, such as ATVs, trail bikes and four-wheel drives is not allowed, except where specifically permitted by signs, posted notice or by DEC permit.
4. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of water, roads or trail.
5. No permanent structures should be established, including tree stands or blinds.
6. Digging up plants is prohibited.
For permits, contact the appropriate Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) office.
615 Erie Blvd. West
Syracuse, NY 13204
6274 E. Avon-Lima Rd.
Avon, NY 14414
Oakley Corners map (pdf)
Hammond Hill brochure (pdf)
Updated 16 May 2009