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Burt Hill Multiple Use Area

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Burt Hill Multiple Use Area locator map

On the 403-acre Burt Hill Multiple Use Area, recreational opportunities focus on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development as most of this forest is remote and difficult to access. Today, Burt Hill and all state forests in New York are managed for multiple benefits to serve the needs of the people of New York. Sustainable management practices will ensure a perpetual supply of timber, a diversity of wildlife habitats, compatible recreational opportunities and clean water.

Featured Activities



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

The Finger Lakes Trail / North Country National Scenic Trail (leaves DEC website) provides good foot access to the northern portion of the area.

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Hemlock trees and leanto on Burt Hill MUA

There is a lean-to for overnight camping located just off the Finger Lake Trail.

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 snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

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


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General Information on Backcountry Camping - includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

The Lean-to on Burt Hill Multiple Use Area is the only designated campsite.


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

Although there are no facilities developed for viewing wildlife, like many places in the Southern Tier you are likely to see wildlife on this land. New York's Southern Tier encompasses a wide variety of habitats and landscapes made up of mountainous hills, forests, grasslands and wetlands. Everything from Black Bear to Black-throated Blue Warblers and Brook Trout to Wild Turkeys reside and call it home here in the Finger Lakes. The grasslands are home to a variety of bird species including Northern Harriers and state endangered Henslow's Sparrows. White-tailed Deer and Fisher thrive in the forested hills, while Beavers and mink flourish in the wetlands. Outdoorsmen and women from across New York State flock to this area year round for its exquisite wildlife watching and unbeatable hunting.


To gain access to this area, from the village of Canisteo, travel northerly on Fenaughty Road, which provides good access to the west side of the area. Alternate access is available from Burt Hill Road. Burt Hill Multiple Use Area has no designated parking lots, however parking is available along the road edges. (42.306727°N, 77.574760°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.

All users of Burt Hill Multiple Use Area must follow all State Land Use Regulation and should follows all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

How We Manage Burnt Hill Multiple Use Area

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan (Plan PDF, 101 pages, 1.7 MB). The Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan was prepared by a committee of DEC Professionals at the Region 8 DEC office in 2003. It is comprised of eight state forests; Burt Hill, Cameron, Cameron Mills, Canacadea, Greenwood, Rock Creek, Tracy Creek, and Turkey Ridge State Forests, and two Wildlife Management Areas; Helmer Creek and West Cameron Wildlife Management Areas. In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at r8.ump@dec.ny.gov

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

  • Nearby State Land: Canacadea State Forest
  • Information regarding where to find amenities:
    • Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau (Leaves DEC website) and
    • Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area
    • Gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Hornell or Canisteo.
    • Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Hornell or Canisteo.
    • Lodging may be found in the nearby city of Hornell.

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.