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Tuller Hill State Forest

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Tuller Hill State Forest

Tuller Hill State Forest encompasses 2,440 acres. It is a popular area for a variety of recreational activities including: hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, hunting, trapping, and geocaching. The Tuller Hill State Forest Multiple Use Trail System has been designed to offer family-based recreation covering a wide variety of uses. For those who enjoy nature observation there are many types of ferns, lilies, clubmoss and even orchids in the forest. A trail brochure and map (PDF, 1.43 MB) for Tuller Hill State Forest is available.

There are also three Public Forest Access Roads (PFAR) within Tuller Hill State Forest that can be used for various recreational pursuits:

  • Pipeline Public Forest Access Road (1.6 miles in length)
  • Snyder Hill Public Forest Access Road (1.7 miles in length)
  • Tower Public Forest Access Road (1.7 miles in length).

Featured Activities



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

Five miles of the Finger Lakes Trail (leaves DEC website) are located in the eastern section of the forest. Hiking is allowed anywhere on state forests unless otherwise posted.


primitive camping
camping with lean to

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

A lean-to campsite along the Finger Lakes Trail is available for users based on seasonal availability and on a first come, first serve basis.

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.

winter view at Tuller Hill State Forest


mountain biking

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.

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

Hunting & Trapping


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



General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. There are six miles of snowmobile trails including secondary trails 53 and 55.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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cross country skiing

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

There are eight miles of cross-country ski trails located throughout the forest. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.

Horseback Riding

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General information on horseback riding includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Twelve miles of trails designated for horseback riding can be found in the northwestern section of the forest.


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

A wealth of mammals, song birds, amphibians, and raptors are all waiting to be seen by the keen-eyed explorer.


From NY 11 to NY RT. 392 West, Tuller Hill State Forest can be accessed via Snyder Hill Road which runs north and south through the eastern portion of the forest. Another access road is Clute Road, which runs north off of NY 392 and connects with the eastern portion of Tuller Hill via Pipe Line Rd., and with the western portion via Vinnedge Rd. Parking from the shoulder of the road is available but limited.

(42.530705°N, 76.133125°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.

All users of Tuller 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.

Trail Etiquette

  • Pass only in flat areas. The faster trail user should verbally indicate a desire to pass.
  • The slower user should yield by moving to the right where possible.
  • Users going down hill have the right of way. They are typically moving faster and may have less control.
  • Do not descend a hill until the trail is clear.
  • After a fall, move off the trail as quickly as possible to minimize the risk of collisions.
  • When skiing, fill in the sitzmarks before proceeding after a fall.
  • Do not hike or bike in the ski tracks. Try to avoid hiking, biking or horse back riding on ski trails when there is a snow on the ground as this may degrade the experience for cross country skiers.
  • Mountain bikers and horseback riders must stay on the DEC designated trails.
  • Horses and mountain bikers are prohibited on designated foot paths.
  • Horses and mountain bikes are only allowed on trails from May through October.
  • The DEC respectfully requests that horseback riders and mountain bikers not ride during wet conditions.

How We Manage Tuller Hill State Forest

Tuller Hill State Forest is part of the Virgil Mountain 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.

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

Tuller Hill Sate Forest was purchased by New York State during the 1930s when large scale reforestation projects were underway. The land that had once been used extensively for agriculture would be converted back to its original forested state. This would not only combat soil erosion problems, but it would also create and maintain biodiversity, produce forest products, and promote important recreational opportunities for all of Upstate New York's residents and visitors. Northern hardwood and conifer stand resolutely in Tuller Hill State Forest, providing shelter for a wide variety of plants and wildlife.

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.