Beaver Dams State Forest
Beaver Dams State Forest is located six miles west of Beaver Dams, in the Allegheny Plateau. This forest is in the town of Hornby, Steuben County and the town of Orange, Schuyler County.
Recreational opportunities in this state forest focus on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development. Town and county roads provide mountain biking opportunities.
Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right of ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails. Permanent tree stands are prohibited. However, a tree stand or blind is allowed, provided that it does not injure any trees, is properly marked or tagged with the owner's name and address or valid hunting or fishing license number, and is placed and used during big game season, migratory game bird season, or turkey season, but no more than thirty days in one location per calendar year.
Most of this forest might be considered remote and difficult to access.
Facility Sign for Beaver Dams State Forest
Geo-caching is allowed, although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations.
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.
Individuals with qualifying disabilities may apply for a permit to operate an ATV on trails designated by the NYS DEC. This program is known as the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD). All trails on Beaver Dams State Forest are designated MAPPWD. A permit must first be obtained from the DEC. The only undeveloped right-of-way for vehicles, noted above, provides MAPPWD access through the center of the forest.
Full listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations.
State Forest Regulations
Anyone enjoying this property must observe the following rules which protect both them and the forest environment.
- Do not litter. Carry out what you carry in. Burying of refuse is prohibited.
- If you build a fire, do so with care and use wood from dead and downed trees only. Never leave a fire unattended. All fires must be extinguished with water, and the coals must be raked until cool to the touch.
- Do not bring firewood from home because this may also transport dangerous invasive pests to the state forest.
- Unauthorized cutting of live trees or new trail building is prohibited.
- Camping for more than three consecutive nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a DEC Forest Ranger.
- Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond or other body of water except at camping areas designated by the department.
- Human waste should be buried in a shallow hole 4-6 inches deep, and at least 150 feet from water, trails, and campsites. Cover with leaf litter and dirt.
- Motorized vehicles are permitted only on access roads posted as open to motor vehicles. Off road use of motorized vehicles is prohibited, except where specifically permitted by signs, posted notice or by DEC permit.
- No permanent structures should be established, including tree stands or blinds.
- ATV and UTV use is generally prohibited on State Forests.
- Individuals with disabilities can apply for a Motorized Access Permit (MAPPWD) to use a motor vehicle on designated roads.
The first settlers in the town of Hornby arrived around 1796. The town was formed in 1826. As noted in numerous other state forest descriptions, agricultural abandonment occurred relatively early (1910-1929) on the hilltop lands occupied by this state forest.
The majority of this property was acquired by the State in 1937-1939 under the terms of the Hewlett Amendment and the terms of the Enlarged Reforestation Act. A right-of-way for a road serving the north end of this forest was acquired in 1980. The current size is about 534 acres.
Some small scale softwood tree planting was undertaken by Department (DEC)crews in the early 1960's.
To gain access to this state forest from Beaver Dams, head west on Hornby Road. Watch for the area sign along the left (south) side of the road. Access is by foot (about a 1/2 mile walk) southerly along an undeveloped road right-of-way.
Important Telephone Numbers
Fire and Law Enforcement: 585-226-6706 or 911
State Forest Office (M-F; 8:30 am to 4:45 pm) 607-776-2165