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The 1,403-acre Plainfield State Forest features large undeveloped areas. There are currently no designated trails on the state forest. Hiking and snowshoeing are allowed anywhere on the property.

Featured Activities

Camping

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

There are no designated campsites; 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.

Fishing

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General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations

There are no maintained fishing areas in this state forest. Chimney Pond is popular with local fishermen.

East-Central NY Fishing provides information on fishing in the area and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.

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

Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons. The main game species and furbearers found on the property include deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, rabbits, squirrels, and coyotes.

Wildlife

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

Otsego County lies on the eastern end of the Central Appalachian ecozone which hosts a plethora of wildlife. In addition to the notable game species and furbearers, a variety of songbirds as well as birds of prey can be found within the property.

Directions

From the South: NY-205 N, left onto NY-80 W, right onto NY-51 N, left onto County Rd 19, right onto Hughes Rd.

From the North: NY-8 S to a left turn onto Center St/County Rd 19, left onto County Rd 18, first right back onto County Rd 19, left onto Hughes Rd.

From the East: US-20 W, left onto NY-51 S, right onto County Rd 21, left onto Frost Hill Rd, left onto Talbot Rd, first right onto Mason Rd.

From the West: US-20 E, right onto NY-8 S, left onto Center St/County Rd 19, left onto County Rd 18, first right back onto County Rd 19, left onto Hughes Rd.

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

  • Hughes Road/Adams Road intersection (42.799628°N, 75.198476°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) 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 Plainfield 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

Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.

How We Manage Plainfield State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Leatherstocking Unit Management Plan. In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains 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

State Lands & Facilities

Lodging and dining opportunities as well as gas, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Cooperstown, West Winfield and Richfield Springs.

Cooperstown and Otsego County Tourism (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.