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The 1,300-acre Huntersfield State Forest consists of evergreen plantation or a mixture of evergreens and northern hardwoods. The upland portions of Huntersfield consist mainly of northern hardwood forests. Elevation in the state forest ranges from 2,000 feet to approximately 3,400 feet at the summit of Huntersfield Mountain. Mountain biking, snowmobiling and horseback riding are allowed on the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

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

A designated foot trail just over a mile long runs from the shale pit on the Huntersfield Truck Trail to the Huntersfield lean-to, located near the summit of Huntersfield Mountain. From the lean-to, a spur trail of the Long Path Foot Trail runs easterly and connects with the Long Path Hiking Trail on Ashland Pinnacle State Forest.

Camping

camping

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

Huntersfield State Forest offers a lean-to located near the summit of Huntersfield Mountain.

At-large primitive camping is also allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the any water, road, or trail. 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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trapping

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

Huntersfield State Forest is open to hunting and trapping in appropriate seasons.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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snow shoeing

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.

Accessible Features

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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 is a 0.8-mile Motorized Access trail. This is a designated motorized access route for people with qualifying disabilities for hunting and wildlife viewing. A permit from Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD) can be obtained from the nearest DEC office.

Directions

From Windham, take NYS Route 23 west to County Route 63. Take County Route 63 to the T intersection with County Route 10. Turn left onto County Route 10 and proceed approximately 1 mile to Schrader Road. Turn right onto Schrader Road and proceed almost 0.2 miles. Turn right onto Huntersfield Road. Take Huntersfield Road approximately 0.2 miles into Huntersfield State Forest. (42.355447,-74.358818) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

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 Huntersfield 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 Huntersfield State Forest

DEC is developing a unit 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

Lodging and dining opportunities, as well as lodging, gas and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Prattsville and Windham.

Delaware County Tourism Office (leaves DEC website), Cooperstown/Otsego County Tourism Office (leaves DEC website) and Schoharie 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.