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Point Rock State Forest encompasses 1,202 acres of land along the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. The majority of the land that makes up Point Rock State Forest was purchased by New York State during the 1930s and 1940s. One piece was acquired in the 1990s. The state land is used 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 and regulations.

There are no formal hiking trails on Point Rock State Forest but the access roads and snowmobile trail give hikers a great opportunity to enjoy the state forest. Tuffy Road is plowed in the winter; however, the two access roads that go south of Tuffy Road are not plowed.

Camping

primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and 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 and Trapping

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trapping

General information on hunting and general information on trapping include how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Snowmobiling

snowmobiling

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

During the winter months there is about 1.2 miles of snowmobile trails for people to enjoy. This trail is part of a network of trails maintained by the Lee Center Trailbusters Snowmobile Club (leaves DEC website) 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. Wildlife species that can be seen are white-tail deer, ruffed grouse, porcupines, birds, chipmunks and squirrels.

Directions

From Rome take State Route 26 North for 11 miles. Turn left (west) on to Tuffy Road. In about 1.3 miles you will reach Point Rock State Forest. People can access the state forest by the access roads (Camp Kingsley Road and Brown's Rock Road) that go south off of Tuffy Road.

  • Public forest access road parking area off Tuffy Road (43.38085°N, 75.51218°W) Google maps (leaves DEC website).

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

Rules and 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 Point Rock State Forest must follow all State Land 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 Point Rock State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Oneida Hills Unit Management Plan (UMP). In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural and human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

Point Rock is comprised of natural hardwoods and natural hardwood-hemlock stands, as well as, plantations and wetlands. The dominate species in the natural stands are red maple, black cherry, sugar maple, white as, hemlock and red spruce. Most of the plantations were established in the 1940s. Species in these areas include red pine, white pine, Scotch pine and spruce. These plantations can still be seen today. The wetlands area a combination of open water and standing water with a dense cover of shrubs.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us information.R6@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lads, Facilities, Amenities and Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

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

Oneida County Tourism webpage (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.