Beaver Pond State Forest
(formerly Page Pond)
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 7 Sherburne Office: (607) 674-4017 M-F 8 am- 4 pm, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Sanford, Broome County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 4O
- Map: View Map of Beaver Pond State Forest || View Same Map in PDF (168 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Beaver Pond, formerly Page Pond, State Forest covers a total of 791 acres. It is named after a 17-acre pond that is partially situated in the state forest. A single multiple use recreation trail runs north and south through the forest. The closed section of Huggins Road is also a good corridor for cross-country skiing. The most popular recreational activities on the forest are hunting and cross-country skiing.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
A single multiple use recreation trail runs north and south through the forest.
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.
General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations
Hunting & Trapping
Hunting and trapping are allowed in appropriate seasons.
General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.
General information on horseback riding includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
The mammals that are common residents of Beaver Pond State Forest include deer, raccoons, squirrels, porcupines, beavers, chipmunks, and opossum. Coyotes and foxes are also present. There is also a large variety of birds, including songbirds and hawks. Turkeys are also abundant on this forest, due to the high percentage of beech and oak trees that enhance their habitat.
Access to the forest is gained by traveling on the remaining segments of Huggins Road. This road previously crossed through the state forest, however the portion through the state forest, is now closed to traffic. Huggins Road is a good quality, hard surfaced road which may be traveled with any passenger car.
Huggins Road north section runs off of Hawkins Road, which connects to NYS Route 41. (42.155132°N, -75.513061°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Huggins Road south section can be reached directly from NYS Route 41. (42.121471°N,-75.518946°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
Practice Leave No Trace (leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.
How We Manage Beaver Pond State Forest
Beaver Pond State Forest is part of the Broome State Forests Unit Management Plan. A Unit Management Plan (UMP) guides the DEC's land management activities on several geographically related forests for a ten-year period, although a number of goals and objectives in the plan focus on a much longer time period. Each UMP addresses specific objectives and actions for public use and forest management.
The forest shape is long and narrow, providing a distance from the northern border to the southern border of approximately 3 miles. Two tracts of land in the forest were acquired in 1940 and 1941. Two additional tracts were then acquired in 1981 and 1989. The highest elevation on the forest is about 2,010 feet and can be found on two different peaks in the north section of the property. The lowest elevation is about 1350 feet and is found near the intersection of NYS Route 41 and Huggins Road. The forest has a mix of well-drained and poorly drained ground. The steepest slope on the forest is the north-facing slope adjacent to NYS Route 41. The forest cover is primarily a mix of native conifers and northern hardwoods. Only a few acres of this forest were ever planted with species such as red pine or Norway spruce. The largest block of conifer (hemlock) on the forest is located in the southern section of the forest, south of NYS route 41. The remainder of the forest is largely covered with hardwoods such as red oak, sugar maple, aspen, red maple, white ash, black cherry, and beech.
Beaver Pond State Forest is bordered by a mix of privately owned woodlands and agricultural lands. Marsh Pond State Forest is also in close proximity.
If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at email@example.com.
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Broome County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)
Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of Deposit.
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.