Beaver Dams State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact information:
- DEC Region 8 Office: 607-226-2466, M-F 8:30-4:45, firstname.lastname@example.org
- State Forest Managers Office: 607-776-2165, M-F 8:30-4:30
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: 911 or 518-408-5850 or 607-664-1021
- Location: Hornby, Steuben Co. and Orange, Schuyler Co.
- Wildlife Management Unit: 8W
- Map: View Beaver Dams State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (150 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
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.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
Hunting & Trapping
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
General Information on backcountry camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Beaver Dams State Forest has no designated campsites. Rock Creek State Forest has no designated 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.
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 turkey call the Finger Lakes home. The grasslands are home to a variety of bird species including northern harrier and state endangered Henslow's sparrow. White-tailed deer and fisher thrive in the forested hills, while beaver 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). The two trails on Beaver Dams State Forest are designated MAPPWD.
Moody Rd Intersection, room for one or two vehicles (2.284300°N, -76.997473°W) Google Maps (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
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 principles (Leaves DEC website) 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 Beaver Dams 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 Beaver Dams 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 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 email@example.com
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
- Nearby State Land
- Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau (Leaves DEC website)
- Information regarding where to find amenities:
- Gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Corning or Painted Post.
- Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Corning, Painted Post, Beaver Dams or Bradford.
- Lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Corning or Painted Post.
- 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.