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Blenheim Hill State Forest

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The 783-acre Blenheim Hill State Forest features limited facilities. The property is used for water quality protection, recreation, wildlife habitat and timber production. The limited infrastructure on the property makes it an ideal place to hunt.

Featured Activities

Hiking

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

There aren't any marked or designated trails, but hiking is allowed throughout the property. Visitors may use the unpaved roads that cross the property.

Camping

primitive camping

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

There are no designated campsites; however, 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 - Wildlife Management Unit: 4G

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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.

Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.

Wildlife

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

The Blenheim Hill State Forest lies within the Appalachian Plateau and Schoharie Hills ecozones. The area is characterized by mixed hardwood stands, hardwood/conifer and conifer plantations in various age classes. Much of the area is in moderate to steep slopes. This variety of habitat allows a wide diversity of wildlife species to exist on the unit, including many game species.

Directions

From Stamford: Head North on State Route 10, after 3.8 miles bear right onto County Route 12. Continue on County Route 12 for 2.8 miles before bearing right onto Welch Road. Follow Welch Road 2.1 miles and then turn right onto Ward Allen Road. Then, after 100 yards, turn left onto Quarry Road. The parking area will be on your right. Note: It is recommended only vehicles equipped with 4-wheel drive travel on Ward Allen Road and Quarry Road.

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

  • Quarry Road Parking Lot: (42.460112°N, 74.495293°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

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 Blenheim 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

Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, snowmobiling and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.

How We Manage Blenheim Hill State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Eminence State Forest Unit Management Plan. 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 r4.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands & Facilities

Information regarding where to find amenities

  • Gas may be found in the nearby communities of Grand Gorge, Jefferson and Stamford.
  • Food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Grand Gorge, Jefferson and Stamford.
  • Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Grand Gorge, Jefferson and Stamford.
  • Lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Cobleskill and Stamford.

Schoharie County Tourism (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.