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Roseboom State Forest

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The 620-acre Roseboom State Forest features a mix of planted and natural tree species scattered across the landscape. The unit was purchased in the 1960's for conservation, reforestation, and the development of natural resources.

Featured Activities

Hiking

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

There are no marked trails, but the wide, unmarked trails and well-maintained access roads are easily followed and offer easy walking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Camping

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

No primitive campsites exist on Roseboom State Forest, however 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 & Trapping

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

Roseboom State Forest is open to hunting and trapping during appropriate seasons. Wildlife to expect in this area include whitetail deer, rabbit, squirrel, grouse and turkey along with mink, raccoon, fox, coyote and bobcat.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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

Roseboom State Forest is ideally suited to cross-country skiing, especially for beginners. There are no marked trails, but the wide, well-maintained access roads are easily followed and offer easy snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Accessible Recreation

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General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

There are two trails which are designated motorized access routes for hunting and wildlife viewing available to people with qualifying disabilities. One is 0.8 miles long and located off of Roseboom Road. The second is 0.4 miles long and located off of Roscoe Jones Road in the southwest corner of the property. A permit from the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD) can be obtained from the nearest DEC office.

Directions

Roseboom State Forest Entrance is located on Roscoe Jones Road approximately 1-mile north of its intersection with NYS Route 166. (42.722968°N, 74.807638°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website).

There are no specific parking areas within Roseboom State Forest, however roadside parking is available throughout the property.

Rules, Regulations & 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 Roseboom 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.

Specific Rules

  • Biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are all permitted activities on South Hill State Forest, but there are no designated trails for these activities.
  • Snowmobiles are not permitted to travel through new plantations.

How We Manage Roseboom State Forest

DEC is developing a management plan 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 at r4.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

DEC Lands & Facilities

Gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Cherry Valley, Cooperstown and Roseboom.

Dining opportunities may be found in the nearby communities of Cherry Valley, Cooperstown and Pleasant Brook.

Lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Cooperstown, East Springfield and Pleasant Brook.

Cooperstown/Otsego County Tourism Office (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

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.