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The 1,245-acre Texas School House State Forest has no designated trails. The property does provide large undeveloped areas well suited for hiking, hunting and nature viewing. Texas School House State Forest also contains 1.2 miles of Public Forest Access Roads, and 1.9 miles of Access Trails which may be available for hiking.

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

Three unnamed streams run through Texas School House State Forest, one of which is known to support a wild trout population, consisting of Brook Trout and Brown Trout.

Nearby fishing opportunities on Butternut Creek feature wild and stocked brown trout, stocked brook trout and the occasional wild brook trout can be found in this small to medium sized stream.

A pamphlet is available with maps of state lands and public fishing rights that depicts the Public Access for Fishing the Butternut Creek (PDF 509KB).

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 North: NY-8 S, turn left onto Stone Rd (1.4 mi), turn right onto Holman City Rd (3.6 mi), turn right onto North St (1.1 mi), continue on NY-51 S/South St (14 mi). Next, make a right turn onto NY-80 W (1.1 mi), and turn left back onto NY-51 S (4.4 mi), turn left onto County Rd 16, first right onto Dump Rd, first left onto Backus Rd. Past the intersection with Jones Rd, Backus Rd turns into Lena Rd and enters Texas School House State Forest.

From the South: NY-205 N, then take a left onto County Hwy 11b. Turn right onto County Rd 11 after .5 miles, then right again onto County Rd 15 after another mile. 2.4 miles down County Rd 15, turn right onto County Rd 14, and then take the first left onto Lena Rd.

From the East: I-88W, exit 13 to NY-205 N. From here, follow directions for "From the South."

From the West: NY-41 S, left onto NY-26 N (1.3 mi), right onto NY-23 E (40.4 mi). In Morris, take a left onto NY-51 N/W Main St (9 mi). Continue straight onto County Rd 16, then take the first right onto Dump Rd and the first left onto Backus Rd. Past the intersection with Jones Rd, Backus Rd turns into Lena Rd and enters Texas School House State Forest.

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

  • Lena Road (42.649328°N, 75.119508°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 Texas School House 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 Texas School House 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.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands & Facilities

Lodging and dining opportunities as well as gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby community of Cooperstown.

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.