Goundry Hill State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 8 Bath Office (M-F 8:30AM - 4:30PM): (607) 776-2165, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Town of Orange, Schuyler County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 8W
- Map: View Goundry Hill State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (270 KB) || Six Nations Rec. Trail System Brochure (PDF, 11x17, 840 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
The 2,112-acre Goundry Hill State Forest has a portion of the multiple use Six Nations Trail System and the Finger Lakes Hiking Trail. Today, Goundry 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.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
Located on the area is a portion of the Finger Lakes Trail (foot traffic only). In 1972 construction of the Finger Lakes Trail was authorized on Goundry Hill State Forest. Maintenance has been continued by the volunteers of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (Leaves DEC website) under a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement. In 1992 it was designated as a segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail, (Leaves DEC website) a 3200-mile trail which extends from New York to North Dakota.
General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
Among its many attractions is the multiple use Six Nations Recreation Trail System, just shy of 40 miles long. The majority of the trail system is located on Sugar Hill State Forest. It is open for horse use in the summer months, and snowmobile use when there is sufficient snow cover. Foot travel is encouraged all year round. Some maintenance is done by volunteers of the Trail Tamers Snowmobile Club (Leaves DEC website) under a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement. The main trail head for the system is the Sugar Hill Fire Tower and Recreation Area. Located near the north end of the Sugar Hill State Forest, off of Tower Hill Rd. People may access Oneida Trail from Corbett Hollow Rd., Guerin Rd or Goundry Hill Rd.
General information on horseback riding includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Proof of current negative Coggins certificate is required for all horses and out-of-state horse owners are required to produce a 30-day health certificate.
Among its many attractions is the multiple use Six Nations Recreation Trail System, just shy of 40 miles long. The majority of the trail system is located on Sugar Hill State Forest. It is open for horse use in the summer months, and snowmobile use when there is sufficient snow cover. Foot travel is encouraged all year round. The main trail head for the system is the Sugar Hill Fire Tower and Recreation Area. Located near the north end of the Sugar Hill State Forest, off of Tower Hill Rd. People may access Oneida Trail from Corbett Hollow Rd., Guerin Rd or Goundry Hill Rd.
General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
Beaver pond near end of Corbett Hollow Rd.
Goundry Hill State Forest has no developed camping sites, however at large primitive camping is allow in this unit, except within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond, other body of water, or otherwise prohibited.
Hunting & Trapping
Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.
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 Finger Lakes you are likely to see wildlife on this land. New York's Finger Lakes 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.
General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.
Individuals with qualifying disabilities may apply for a permit to operate a motor vehicle on trails designated by the NYS DEC. This program is known as the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD). One of these trails heads south from the parking lot on Guerin Rd., passes the gas well pad and continues onto a point of land with a scenic vista of Meads Creek Valley.
Corbett Hollow Rd parking lot - From I86, take Exit 42 (Coopers Plains), head north on Meads Creek Rd. (County Rte. 26 / County Rte. 16). Turn left onto Sexton Hollow Rd, then right onto Corbett Hollow Rd. (42.311806, -77.092506) Google Maps (Leaves DEC website)
Guerin Rd parking lot - From State Rte. 226, head south on Yawger Hill Rd. Then turn left at the "Y" onto Goundry Hill Rd. take a right at the "T" to stay on Goundry Hill Rd. then turn right onto Guerin Rd. (42.331269, -77.078428) 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.
Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and mountain biking are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.
How We Manage Goundry Hill State Forest
DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Six Nations Unit Management Plan (Plan PDF, 296 pages, 17.5 MB). The Six Nations Unit Management Plan is a ten year plan for approximately 21,724 acres of State Forest land in Schuyler and Steuben Counties. It is comprised of ten state forests: Goundry Hill, Sugar Hill and Coon Hollow in Schuyler County; South Bradford, West Hill, Meads Creek, Beaver Dams, Dry Run, and Erwin Hollow in Steuben County; and Cinnamon Lake State Forests in both counties. 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.
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Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information
State Lands & Facilities
- Beaver Dams State Forest
- Dry Run State Forest
- South Bradford State Forest
- Cinnamon Lake State Forest
- Sugar Hill State Forest
- Coon Hollow State Forest
- Watkins Glen State Park (leaves DEC website)
Dining and Lodging opportunities and gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Corning and Watkins Glen.
Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce (leaves DEC website) and Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.
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.