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Barbour Brook State Forest

Barbour Brook State Forest locator map

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This 768-acre state forest is located between Delaware County Route 27 and Steam Mill Road in western Delaware County. The forest is adjacent to Steam Mill State Forest and New York City Department of Environmental Protection property. The Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) traverses the property. There is a lean-to along the FLT in the easternmost portion of this state forest. This forest is completely forested with both plantations and natural stands in various stages of succession. This variety of forest types provides good cover for most game species.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

The Finger Lakes Trail (Leaves DEC website) traverses this state forest. Access points exist for the FLT along Dry Brook and Barbour Brook Roads.

Camping

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lean to for camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. A lean-to also exists along the Finger Lakes Trail on the eastern portion of this state forest.

Hunting & Trapping

hunting
trapping

General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations

Snowmobiling

snowmobiling

General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

Designated snowmobile trails traverse Barbour Brook State Forest. For more information please visit the New York State Snowmobile Association website. (Leaves DEC website)

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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cross country skiing

General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.

Wildlife Viewing

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Directions

There are no designated parking areas on this property. GPS coordinates are provided for the intersection of the Finger Lakes Trail and two roads:

  • Barbour Brook Road at the point the Finger Lakes Trail moves from the road, east across the property (42.156595°N,75.339116°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Dry Brook Road intersection with the Finger Lakes Trail (42.152646°N, 75.316291°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website).

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace (leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Barbour Brook State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

How We Manage Barbour Brook State Forest

DEC is developing a unit management plan (UMP) which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us: r4.ump@dec.ny.gov

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Barbour Brook State Forest is adjacent to Steam Mill State Forest and is convenient to: Arctic-China, Beals Pond, Michigan Hill and Pine Hill State Forests. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection also manages property in the vicinity.

The Delaware County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website) provides additional tourism related information.

Information regarding where to find amenities:

Gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Deposit and Masonville.
Dining and lodging opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Deposit, and Sidney.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.


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