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Moss Hill State Forest

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The 1,815 acre Moss Hill State Forest focus on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development. This forest shares a long common boundary with Birdseye Hollow State Forest, in some locations it is difficult to tell which forest you are in without a map. Today, Moss Hill 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

Hunting & Trapping


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



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.



General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Snowmobiles is only permitted on designated trails. See map. The major snowmobile corridor trail, Kris's Trail, crosses Moss Hill and the adjacent Birdseye Hollow State Forests. It was constructed, and is maintained, by the Sno-flakes Snowmobile Club (Leaves the DEC website) under the Volunteer Stewardship Agreement Program.


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 reside in the Southern Tier of New York. The grasslands are home to a variety of bird species including northern harriers 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.

Forest Stewardship Demonstration Auto Tour

The self-guided Forest Stewardship Demonstration Tour is on Birdseye Hollow and Moss Hill State Forests has eight roadside stops which show different stages of forest growth; from young seedling/sapling stands, less than ten years old, to mature forests approaching 100 years of age. It is designed to show how forests change over time. It also demonstrates how forest management helps to maintain ecological diversity which provides a variety of benefits.


To gain access to this state forest from Bath, take State Highway 415 heading south. Turn left (northerly) onto Utegg Road, and then right (easterly) onto Irish Hill Road. (42.318403°N, 77.231502°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 Moss Hill 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 Moss Hill State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Keuka Lowlands Unit Management Plan (Plan PDF, 161 pages, 4.6 MB). The Keuka Lowlands Unit Management Plan is a ten year plan for approximately 6,048 acres of State Forest and Wildlife Management Area land in Schuyler and Steuben Counties. It is comprised of three state forests: Birdseye Hollow, Moss Hill and Mount Washington in Steuben County; and Cold Brook Wildlife Management Area in Steuben County and Waneta-Lamoka Wildlife Management Area in Schuyler County. 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 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.