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Taylor Valley State Forest

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Taylor Valley State Forest, also known as Seacord Hill, encompasses 4,638 acres. It is a popular area for recreational activities such as: hunting, hiking, snowmobiling, camping, bird watching, and nature viewing. Cheningo Day Use Area is located on the forest and features picnic tables and barbeque pits.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

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

Nine miles of the Finger Lakes Hiking Trail (leaves DEC website) cross this property. Hiking is also allowed anywhere on State Forests unless posted otherwise.

Camping

primitive camping

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

The Cheningo Day Use and Camping Area, located on Taylor Valley Road, provides visitors with a rustic escape where they can experience the joys of camping, picnicking, and engaging with nature. The Camping Area, located across the road from the Day Use Area, provides primitive drive-up camping opportunities.

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.

Picnic and Day Use Area

picnic and day use area

The day use area offers a pavilion with two picnic tables and three barbeque pits.

Fishing

fishing

General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Fishing access information and fishing easement information is available.

A wetland complex in Taylor Valley State Forest

Hunting & Trapping

hunting
trapping

Wildlife Management Unit: 7M

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

Snowmobiling

Snowmobile

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

Approximately nine miles of snowmobile trails traverse Taylor Valley. These trials include portions of New York State corridor trail 5G and secondary trails 59A and 59B, designations given by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (leaves DEC website).

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

cross country skiing

snow shoeing

General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.

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

Taylor Valley State Forest may be accessed by taking NY Route 41 toward Solon and turning onto Telephone Road. Turn left onto Kiwanis Road, and another immediate left onto the Mount Roderick Public Forest Access Road to access the western portion of the forest. Continue down Telephone Road to Hawley Woods Road, and then finally turn left onto Taylor Valley Road to access the eastern portion of the forest.

  • Taylor Valley Road: (42.637895°N,75.967897°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 Taylor Valley 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.

Planning and Management

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Taylor Valley 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.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at R7Forestry@dec.ny.gov.

History

The Taylor Valley landscape is woven with a mix of northern hardwoods, hemlock, and conifer plantations. The wildlife and plants on both sides of the valley are quite abundant, and a large wetland complex located in the area only adds to the variety of available habitats, allowing for a rich and diverse collection of species. One of the most unique characteristics of this state forest is that it includes a valley that was carved out by glacial movement thousands of years ago.

Taylor Valley State Forest was purchased by the state between 1931 and 1967 with an additional purchase in 1977. During the 1930s, the Roosevelt Administration, under the State Reforestation Act and the Hewitt Amendment, made it possible for hundreds of young men to secure jobs working on the reforestation of many unproductive and abandoned farms.

Through the hard work and great effort of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), thousands of tree seedlings were planted on land that once was used for agricultural purposes. The Truxton CCC Camp S-118 was originally located in the area now occupied by the Cheningo Day Use Area, a popular attraction at Taylor Valley State Forest.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of Cortland.

Cortland County Tourism Office (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions, and amenities in this area.

Numerous guidebooks 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.