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Michigan Hill State Forest, Delaware County

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This 619-acre state forest is located between Delaware County Route 20 and NYS Route 8. The area is nearly completely forested with both plantations and natural stands in various stages of succession. This variety of forest types provides good hunting opportunities. Although hiking is allowed anywhere on all state forests, there are no designated trails on this property.


primitive 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.

Hunting and Trapping


General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations. Good opportunities for hunting and trapping exist on Steam Mill State Forest.


Michigan Hill State Forest is located at the end of Michigan Hollow Road. From Deposit, New York take NYS Route 8 north for 4.2 miles and turn left onto Michigan Hollow Road. Roadside parking is available on state property beginning approximately 1.7 miles from NYS Route 8. Winter access to this state forest is limited because Michigan Hollow is a seasonally maintained road (April 1-November 1).

Michigan Hollow Road - (42.1232164°N, 75.376459°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 Michigan Hill State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follows all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource

How We Manage Michigan Hill 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 (

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Michigan Hill State Forest is convenient to:

Oquaga Creek State Park is also in the area.

Delaware County Tourism Webpage provides more information(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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