Dog Hollow State Forest
- Primitive Camping
- Hiking, Informal
- Nature Photography/Observation
Dog Hollow State Forest encompasses 723 acres and is located in the towns of Cuyler and Truxton in Northeastern Cortland County. Popular recreational activities in Dog Hollow include hiking (informal, no trails), hunting, trapping, fishing, bird watching, trapping and snowmobiling.
The land that is now known as Dog Hollow State Forest was sold to the State of New York in 1963 and 1964 to undergo reforestation. Dog Hollow State Forest, like many of New York's State Forests, was once cleared and farmed by European settlers and Revolutionary War Veterans. Unfortunately, the soils common in the area are relatively steep and acidic. As such, the ground is not fit for intensive farming. When combined with harsh winters and a short growing season, it is quite understandable that farmers abandoned these lands in pursuit of greener pastures in the Midwest. In order to reduce soil erosion, protect water quality, provide forest products and recreational opportunities, the State of New York started acquiring property during the 1930's and planted many trees on it.
The Department of Environmental Conservation, under Article 9, Titles 5 and 7 of the Environmental Conservation Law, has been given authorization to manage lands acquired outside the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. Management, as defined by these laws, includes watershed protection, the production of timber and other forest products, recreation and kindred purposes. Between the years 1964 and 1967, over 49,500 trees were planted in Dog Hollow by Department employees and Camp Georgetown crews. This land has been restored to forest and today provides diverse ecological, economic, and recreational services.
The elevation of Dog Hollow State Forest ranges from 1,320 to 1,840 feet, with a multitude of different cover types including northern hardwoods, Japanese larch, red pine, Norway spruce, white pine and white spruce. A fifty acre wetland area adds diversity to the mostly hilltop property and provides a diverse range of habitats for many plants and animals. The wetland creates excellent opportunities to view a variety of wildlife and plants, including beavers, great blue herons, white tail deer, and a variety of song birds and other smaller mammals and amphibians.
Four winding streams flow through the thick forest, providing 1.9 miles of glittering relief for the hundreds of species who call this place "home." The streams are all part of the East Branch of the Tioughnioga River Watershed.
Because of its quiet and secluded nature, many hunters, trappers, and nature lovers find Dog Hollow State Forest the perfect place to pursue their passions.
Dog Hollow State Forest is part of the Cuyler Hill 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 Dog Hollow Public Forest Access Road provides recreational access to the interior of the eastern half of the forest. There are also 0.8 miles of snowmobile trails that cross through the forest. While hiking does take place in the forest, there are no formally designated trails. Development of future facilities will proceed according to the Cuyler Unit Management Plan, of which Dog Hollow State Forest is a part.
***Stay Safe- Bring A Friend When Out on the Trails***
Dog Hollow State Forest may be accessed by taking NY Route 13 to Cheningo Road. Travel south on Cheningo road about 4.7 miles until Cheningo Solon Pond Road. Head east about 1.5 miles to Brown Road. Head north on Brown Road about 1.0 mile until Jones Road, then head east for about 0.6 miles until you reach the Dog Hollow Public Forest Access Road, which continues east for about 0.9 miles and leads to a dead end. Parking is available, but limited, from the shoulder of the road.
State Forest Regulations
For your safety and protection of the resource, the following regulations are in place:
- Do not litter. Carry out what you carry in. Burying of refuse is prohibited.
- If you build a fire, do so with care and use wood from dead and downed trees only. Never leave a fire unattended. Three foot radius must be cleared around fire.
- All motorized vehicles are restricted to access roads posted as motor vehicle trails. Off road use of motorized vehicles, such as, trail bikes and four-wheel drives is not allowed, except where specifically permitted by signs, posted notice or by DEC Permit.
- Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of water, roads or trail.
- Permanent structures, including tree stands or blinds, are not allowed
State Forest Office (M-F 8 am-4 pm): 607-753-3095 ext. 217
Forest Ranger (Law Enforcement/Emergencies): 607-283-1159
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: 518-408-5850