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Urbana State Forest

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The 2,690-acre Urbana State Forest focuses on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development. It shares a boundary with Pigtail Hollow State Forest. Today, Urbana 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

hiking
interpretive trail

General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Located on the area is a portion of the Bristol Hills Branch Trail off of the Finger Lakes Trail (foot traffic only). A short loop trail also gives access to Huckleberry Bog. Huckleberry Bog is a wetland which supports highbush blueberry and a variety of other heath type plants. An interpretive brochure is available, on-site, for this area. Maintenance is done by volunteers of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (Leaves DEC website) under a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement.

Hunting & Trapping

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trapping

General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations.

Camping

primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. At-large primitive camping is allowed in this unit, except within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond, other body of water, or otherwise prohibited.

Wildlife

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

Wooden ramp in deep shade leading to wooden platform in the sun.
Wildlife viewing platform on Huckleberry Bog.

Although there are no facilities developed for viewing wildlife, like many places in New York 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 Southern Tier of New York 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.

Directions

From Hammondsport, proceed north on Reservoir Hill Road. The forest may be accessed from Reservoir Hill, Runner, Glenbrook, Colegrove Hill, or Bean Station Roads. (42.453622°N, 77.250057°W) Google Maps (Leaves DEC website).

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 Urbana 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 Urbana State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Keuka Highlands Unit Management Plan (Plan PDF, 119 pages, 2.3 MB). The Keuka Highlands Unit Management Plan is a ten year plan for approximately 2,956 acres of State Forest in Steuben County. It is comprised of two state forests: Urbana State Forest and Pigtail Hollow State Forest. 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.