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Steuben Hill State Forest

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As with most state forests, the 1,008-acre Steuben Hill State Forest started off as pastures and cropland, not so very long ago. It is somewhat nondescript with some small areas of flat ground surrounded by steep slopes and gullies. The state forest was created for the purpose of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation and watershed protection.

Featured Activities

Hiking

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

There are no designated hiking trails on this property. There are old skid trails from past timber harvesting operations and old farm lanes from long ago that make for an enjoyable walk. The rugged terrain makes hiking this area somewhat difficult.

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.

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

The busiest time of year for this property is big game season. The terrain makes hunting somewhat difficult, so even during this season, hunting pressure is light.

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

Steuben Hill Road and Caldwell Road are the 2 main roads through this state forest. From the village of Herkimer, take Route 28 North, turn left on to East German Street. Turn right on to Steuben Road. After about 1 mile, go right at the fork onto Steuben Hill Road. After about 2 miles, at the four way intersection, go right to continue on Steuben Hill Road. Continue for about 2 miles to the beginning of State Land at the intersection of Caldwell Road and Steuben Hill Road.

From Middleville, go south on NYS Route 28 for about 1.7 miles to Schrader Hill Road. Go right onto Schrader Hill Road. Continue on Schrader Hill Road for about 2.2 miles to the intersection with Sterling Creek Road. Veer left onto Steuben Hill Road. Continue southerly for about 1.3 miles to the beginning of state land. There are no formal or maintained parking areas on this unit.

  • Upson Rd pull-off (just after intersection with Steuben Hill Rd.) (43.101085°N, 75.026952°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 Steuben 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, snowmobiling and horseback riding are all permitted on the property; however, there are no currently maintained trails for these activities.

How We Manage Steuben Hill State Forest

DEC is developing a unit management plan (UMP) which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain 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.

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 Herkimer, Mohawk, Ilion, Frankfort and Middleville. Utica is about 10 miles to the west.

Herkimer County Chamber (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.