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Beaver Dams State Forest

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Beaver Dams State Forest locator map

On the 534 acre Beaver Dams State Forest recreational opportunities focus on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development as most of this forest is remote and difficult to access. Today, Beaver Dams 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


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

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

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

cross-country skiing snowshoeing 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


primative camping General Information on Backcountry Camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Beaver Dams State Forest has no designated campsites.


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.

Accessible Features

accessible features 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). The two trails on Beaver Dams State Forest are designated MAPPWD.


parking Moody Rd Intersection, room for one or two vehicles (2.284300, -76.997473) Google Maps link (Leaves DEC website) From the hamlet of Beaver Dams, head west on Hornby Road. Watch for the area sign along the left (south) side of the road.

Area sign for Beaver Dams State Forest
Area Sign for Beaver Dams State Forest

Beaver Dams State Forest is about a 1/2 mile walk southerly along Moody Rd, an undeveloped road right-of-way.

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 Beaver Dams State Forest 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

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

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

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.