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Texas Hollow State Forest

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The focus of the 937-acre Texas Hollow State Forest is on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development. Today, Texas Hollow 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



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

A portion of the Finger Lakes Trail (foot traffic only) passes through this forest. Volunteers of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (Leaves DEC website) maintain this trail under a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement. It is also a segment of North Country National Scenic Trail (Leaves DEC website).

Hunting & Trapping


Wildlife Management Unit: 8S

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


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, or water body, or where otherwise prohibited.

Fishing & Paddling


General information on fishing and general information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations.

Texas Hollow Pond is constructed with a man-made dike, with concrete control structures to discharge water. This pond is a tenth of a mile along an access road off of Texas Hollow Road. In addition, Texas Hollow State Forest has several naturally occurring ponds and bogs. Although there is no designated launch site, canoes or kayaks can be launched from the dike's edge.



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

A section of snowmobile trail maintained by the volunteers of the Horseheads Snowmobile Club (Leaves DEC website) under a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement crosses the southern end of Texas Hollow State Forest.


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

Pond with green trees and hazy blue sky.
Texas Hollow Pond

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 Finger Lakes encompass 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 live in these habitats. 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 flock to this area year-round for its exquisite wildlife watching and unbeatable hunting.


From Watkins Glen take State Rte. 79 east. Turn right onto Texas Hollow Rd., which passes through the state forest.

  • North Parking Lot near Texas Hollow Pond (42.412514°N, 76.792209°W) Google Maps (Leaves DEC website).
  • Middle Parking Lot (42.404212°N, 76.786541°W) Google Maps (Leaves DEC website).
  • South Parking Lot (42.386861°N, 76.778911°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 Texas Hollow 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 Texas Hollow State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Great Divide Unit Management Plan (Plan PDF, 116 pages, 4.1 MB). The Great Divide Unit Management Plan is a ten year plan for approximately 2,956 acres of State Forest and Wildlife Management Area land in Schuyler and Chemung Counties. It is comprised of three state forests: Texas Hollow, Catlin and Maple Hill; Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area and Cayuta Lake Fishing Access Site. 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

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

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.