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Cobb Brook State Forest

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Cobb Brook State Forest encompasses 688-acres of natural forest cover, planted plantations, streams and several wetlands providing a varied recreational experience. The state land is currently managed for water quality protection, recreation, wildlife habitat and timber production.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

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

There are 3.1-miles of unpaved roads and snowmobile trails that may be used for hiking.

Camping

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.

Fishing

fishing

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

Furnace Creek and its tributaries run along the very northern portion of the forest. Cobb Brook runs along the very western edge of the property. Both of these streams are classified as protected trout streams.

North 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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trapping

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

Snowmobiling

snowmobiling

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

Cobb Brook State Forest contains about 1.2 miles of snowmobile trails that are located off of Dingle Street in the southwest portion of the State Forest. Taberg Trail Blazers, Inc. (leaves DEC website) and T. C. Riders Snowmobile Club (leaves DEC website) maintain the snowmobile trails on this property through a volunteer stewardship agreement. These trails connect to the NYS Snowmobile Trails network.

Wildlife

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

Directions

From Rome take Rome Taberg Road. Continue straight on Rome Taberg Road that eventually turns into State Route 69. On State Route 69 make a right hand turn on Taberg Road. At the "T," make a left hand turn which is Taberg-Florence Road. In about 3 miles you will reach the access road that accesses the state forest. If you take a left on Skinner Settlement Road just up the road and then take another left on Dingle Street you can access another portion of the state forest. There are no maintained parking areas on this property

  • Taberg-Florence Rd. pull-off area (43.351113°N, 75.670165°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

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

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 Cobb Brook 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

Mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and horseback riding are all permitted on the property; however, there are no currently maintained trails for these activities.

How We Manage Cobb Brook State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the 46-Corners Unit Management Plan (UMP). 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 information.r6@dec.ny.gov.

The majority of the land that makes up Cobb Brook State Forest was acquired in 1933, 1937 and 1938. The property is comprised of Northern Hardwood stands, Northern Hardwoods-Hemlock stands, plantations and several wetlands. The dominant species that make up the northern hardwoods are red maple, sugar maple, white ash, black cherry, beech and hemlock. The plantations were planted in 1936. White pine, red pine, Norway spruce, red spruce and Japanese larch were the main species used. Additional planting was done in 1938, 1939, 1940 and 1954. Species used at this time included white pine, red pine, Scotch pine, jack pine, white spruce, red spruce, European larch and Douglas fir. In a small section of woods some hardwood species that included sugar maple, white ash and black cherry were used. Today what remains of these plantations includes Scotch pine, white pine, red pine, jack pine and Japanese larch.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

DEC Lands & Facilities

Information regarding where to find amenities:

  • Gas, dining opportunities, lodging, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Taberg, Rome and Camden.

Oneida County Tourism website (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.