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Swancott Hill State Forest

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The 2,024-acre Swancott Hill State Forest was acquired from 1936 to 1972. 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 no formal hiking trails located on Swancott Hill State Forest but old skid trails and dirt roads make an excellent opportunity to get out and enjoy the forest in the summer.

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

There are several protected trout streams that traverse this State Forest. Florence Creek and its tributaries run through the center of this state forest. Cody Creek and Big Brook are protected streams that just touch the corners of this area. These streams are all classified as being able to support trout populations. Florence Creek and its tributaries may offer good fishing, though access from the state forest may be difficult.

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

hunting trappingGeneral 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

The roads through this state forest are seasonal use and not plowed in winter. Most of these roads become snowmobile trails and are groomed by the local snowmobile clubs. County Line Road, Firetower Road, Sullivan Road, CCC Road, Houlahan Road and Gubbins Road are major routes for this activity. The T.C. Riders Snowmobile Club (leaves DEC website) maintain and groom the snowmobile trails on the unit through a volunteer stewardship agreement.

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 Camden turn northeast onto Wolcott Street. Continue on Wolcott Street which turns into Wolcott Hill Road. Continue northeast to the intersection with Thompson Corners Florence Road. Cross this road and continue northeast on what is now Empeyville Road for about one mile. Then go east at the "T" intersection, which is still Empeyville Road but then turns into Sheehan Road. Go about .1 mile and go north (left) onto Hanifin Road. On Hanifin Road go about 1.2 miles until you get to the four corners. Go straight at the four corners on to what is now CCC Road. When on CCC Road go about one mile and you will reach the state forest. You can continue to go straight on CCC road to access the rest of the state forest. There are no maintained parking areas on this property.

  • Tower Road unmaintained pull-off area (43.453094°N, 75.645916°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 Swancott Hill 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 Swancott Hill State

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.

Swancott Hill State Forest is comprised of natural forest, plantations, wetlands (Open and Alder), brushy fields and seedling-sapling covertypes. The dominant species in the natural forest are American basswood, American beech, black ash, black cherry, Eastern hemlock, red maple, red spruce, white ash and yellow birch. The plantations where established from 1936 to 1938. Species planted include Japanese larch, jack pine, Norway spruce, red pine, white pine and white spruce.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us information.r6@dec.ny.gov.

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 Camden, Taberg, Rome, West Leyden and Osceola.

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.