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Beals Pond State Forest

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This 1,116-acre state forest is located between NYS Route 8 and Delaware County Route 20. The forest is comprised of both plantations and natural stands in various stages of succession. This variation in forest type and age should provide good hunting opportunities for most game species. Opportunities to hike, fish, camp and paddle also exist on Beals Pond State Forest.

Featured Activities



General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. The Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) traverses this state forest. Access to the trail is best from Beals Pond Road with a small parking lot and informational kiosk. Getter Hill Road also provides access to the FLT but with fewer parking opportunities. There is a lean-to on the northern portion of the state forest. More information on the FLT. (leaves DEC site)


primitive camping
lean to camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. A lean-to is located on the northern portion of this state forest.

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.



General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Beals Pond provides some paddling opportunities. Please see the Fishing section, below, for more information.



General information on fishing includes fishing tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations. Beals Pond State Forest provides access to Beals Pond, a 14 acre waterbody on the southern portion of the area. The pond contained Largemouth Bass, Pumpkinseed, White Sucker, Brown Bullhead and Golden Shiner at the last census. The pond would be easily accessed with a kayak or canoe from the access trail east of Beals Pond Road near NYS Route 8. The southern half of this pond is surrounded by private property, public access is from the north end.

Cross County Skiing & Snowshoeing

cross country skiing

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

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

Hunting & Trapping


General information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations. Hunting and trapping are permitted on this state forest.



General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Designated snowmobile trails exist on Beals Pond State Forest.


Beals Pond State Forest is best accessed from Beals Pond Road from either NYS Route 8 or Delaware County Route 20. There is limited access from Getter Hill Road at NYS Route 206. Beals Pond Road is approximately 3 miles south of Masonville or 11.6 miles north of Deposit on the west side of NYS Route 8). Access is limited to this state forest in winter because these roads are only seasonally maintained (April 1-November 1).

Beals Pond Road Parking Area - (42.209797°N, 75.389066°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Getter Hill Road - Kiosk and limited parking (42.238008°N, 75.387776°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.

All users of Beals Pond State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulation and should follows all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource

How We Manage

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:

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Beals Pond State Forest is near:

The forest is also very near Oquaga Creek State Park

Delaware County Tourism Website (Leaves DEC website).

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.

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