Rock Creek State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- State Land Managers Office: 607-776-2165 M-F 8:30-4:30, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: 911 or (518) 408-5850
- Location: Greenwood, Steuben Co.
- Wildlife Management Unit: 8X
- Map: Rock Creek State Forest Map || Same Map in PDF (189 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
The 704-acre Rock Creek State Forest has a limited amount of development. There are no designated recreation trails, but several Department roads, cleared gas pipelines and old skid roads, deer paths, and old farm lanes are available for exploring. Today, Rock Creek 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.
Hunting & Trapping
General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. 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.
Area sign on Rock Creek State Forest
Although there are no facilities developed for viewing wildlife, like many places in the 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 reside in the Southern Tier. The grasslands are home to a variety of bird species including northern harrier 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.
From Canisteo, proceed south on State Route 248. The forest can be accessed from the state highway. (42.171848°N, 77.63331°W) Google Maps (Leaves DEC website).
For alternate access, from State Route 248 turn right (west) onto County Route 62 (Rock Creek Road), and then right onto O'Hargan Road, which ends in the forest. (42.174064°N, 77.646579°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.
How We Manage Rock Creek State Forest
DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan (Plan PDF, 101 pages, 1.7 MB). The Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan was prepared by a committee of DEC Professionals at the Region 8 DEC office in 2003. It is comprised of eight state forests; Burt Hill, Cameron, Cameron Mills, Canacadea, Greenwood, Rock Creek, Tracy Creek, and Turkey Ridge State Forests, and two Wildlife Management Areas; Helmer Creek and West Cameron Wildlife Management Areas. 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
- Information regarding where to find amenities:
- Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau (Leaves DEC website)
- Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (leaves DEC website)
- Gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Hornell or Canisteo
- Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Hornell, or Canisteo.
- Lodging may be found in the nearby community of Hornell.
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.