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The 4,479-acre Fall Brook State Forest was acquired in the 1930s and the 1940's. One piece was acquired in 1958. Two more pieces where acquired in 1961 and 1962. The state land is used for water quality protection, recreation, wildlife habitat and timber production.

Featured Activities

Hiking

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

There are approximately 2.3 miles of unpaved roads, snowmobile routes and unmarked trails that provide access to the property.

Camping

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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.

Paddling

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

Cassbaker Pond and Blake Pond provide great opportunities for flat water paddling. There are no boat launch's on this property; however, you can put in from the shoreline of both. There is a forest access road that runs north to the ponds off of Cassbaker Rd. Access may be challenging due to the primitive nature of the infrastructure.

Fishing

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

Cody Brook, Sullivan Brook, Finn Brook and Hennessey Brook are all protected trout streams that flow through this State Forest. Access to these streams may be somewhat difficult. In addition, warm water fish species are present in Cassbaker Pond and Blake Pond. Access to the ponds can be gained from the forest access road that runs north off of Cassbaker Rd.

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

Snowmobiling

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

The 5.05-mile Sullivan Rd and the 1-mile 46th Rd are seasonal roadways that pass through both Fall Brook and Swancott Hill State Forests and provide snowmobiling access. Gubbins Rd (1.5 miles), Casbaker Rd (1.4 miles) and Gossner Rd (.3 mile) are all seasonal roadways that provide snowmobiling opportunities on this property. There are an additional 1.8 miles of trail that traverse the woods along the eastern edge of the state forest. All of these trails join with the NYS Snowmobile Trail network upon leaving the property. The T.C. Riders Snowmobile Club 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.

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.

Apple Landing Rd and Trail make up a .52-mile route in the northwestern portion of the forest that allows motorized access for people with mobility impairments. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.

Directions

From Camden: Starting on Taberg Street. Take a left onto Wolcott Street which turns into Wolcott Hill Road. Continue through the four-way intersection with Taberg-Florence Rd. onto Empeyville Road. Bear right at the T-intersection with Lee Rd. Continue straight onto Sheehan Road, after about 1,000 feet take a left on Hanifin Road. Continue on Hanifin Rd. for 2.26 miles, then take a right onto 46th Rd. After about .6 mile you will enter the state forest. There are no maintained parking areas on this property.

  • Apple Landing trailhead (43.417020°N, 75.622405°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 Fall 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 Fall 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.

Fall Brook State Forest is comprised of northern hardwoods, northern hardwood-hemlock, plantation, wetlands and ponds. The species that are commonly found in the northern hardwood stands are red maple, sugar maple, white ash, black cherry, red oak, beech, aspen, hemlock and red spruce. The plantations were planted in the late 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Species used were red pine, white pine, Scotch pine, Norway spruce, white spruce and larch. Common species that can be found today include red pine, white pine, Scotch pine, white spruce, European larch, Japanese larch and Dunkeld larch.

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

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Information regarding where to find amenities:

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

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.