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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 family based recreational activities such as: hunting, hiking, snowmobiling, camping, bird watching, nature viewing, and primitive camping.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Nine miles of the Finger Lakes Hiking Trail (leaves DEC website) crosses 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 & regulations.

The Cheningo Day Use and Camping Area, located on Taylor Valley Road, provides many users with a rustic environment in which they can experience the joys of camping, picnicking, and getting back in touch with nature. The Day Use Area has a pavilion with two picnic tables as well as three barbeque pits. The Camping Area, located across the road from the Day Use Area, provides primitive drive-up camping opportunities.

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.

Picnic and Day Use Area

picnic and day use area

The Cheningo Day Use and Camping Area, located on Taylor Valley Road, provides many users with a rustic environment in which they can experience the joys of camping, picnicking, and getting back in touch with nature. The Day Use Area has a pavilion with two picnic tables as well as three barbeque pits.

Fishing

fishing

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

Fishing Access information is available.
Fishing Easement information is available.

A wetland complex in Taylor Valley State Forest

Hunting & Trapping

hunting
trapping

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

Snowmobiling

Snowmobile

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

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

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

snow shoeing
cross country skiing

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 (on page link to Hiking).

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. Turn onto Telephone Road. Turn left onto Kiwanis Road, and another immediate left onto the Mt. 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

(42.637895°N,75.967897°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles 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.

How We Manage Taylor Valley State Forest

Baker School House State Forest is part of the Taylor Valley 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.

History

Article 9, Titles 5 and 7, of the Environmental Conservation Law authorize the Department of Environmental Conservation 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.

The Taylor Valley landscape is woven together with a mix of northern hardwoods, conifer plantations and hemlock. 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. Taylor Valley State Forest was purchased by the state between 1931 and 1967 with an additional purchase in 1977. One of the unique characteristics of this state forest is that it includes a valley that was carved out by glacial movement thousands of years ago.

During the 1930's, the Roosevelt Administration, under the State Reforestation Act and the Hewitt Amendment, made it possible for hundreds of young men to have jobs working on the reforestation of many unproductive and abandoned farms.

Through the hard work and great effort of the Civilian Conservation Corps, thousands of tree seedlings were planted on land that once was used for agricultural purposes. Most of New York's state forests were developed in this way; the Truxton CCC Camp S-118 was originally located in the spot that the Chinango Day Use Area now occupies, a popular attraction at Taylor Valley State Forest.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us info.r7@dec.ny.gov

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Cortland County Tourism Office (leaves DEC website)

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

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.