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Meads Creek State Forest

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The 1,452-acre Meads Creek State Forest focus on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development. Today, Meads 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.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

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

Located on the area is a portion of The Crystal Hills Branch Trail off of the Finger Lakes Trail (foot traffic only). Maintenance has been continued by the volunteers of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (leaves DEC website) through a volunteer stewardship agreement. It is also a segment of The Great Eastern Trail (leaves DEC website). A spur trail connects the Crystal Hills Trail to County Route 26/Meads Creek Rd.

Camping

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

There are no designated campsites; however, at-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

Hunting & Trapping

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

Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.

Wildlife

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

Forest

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 Turkeys reside and call it home here 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 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.

Directions

To gain access to this state forest, travel north from exit 42 off of I86 on County Route #26/Meads Creek Road. A left turn on Wixon Road will take you north through the center of the forest. (42.264879°N, 77.131604°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website).

Or continue straight on CR#26 to pass through the east side of the forest. (42.256108°N, 77.110601°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace (leaves DEC website) principles 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 Meads Creek 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.

Specific Rules

Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, snowmobiling and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.

How We Manage Meads Creek State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Six Nations Unit Management Plan (Plan in PDF, 296 pages, 17.5 MB). The Six Nations Unit Management Plan is a ten year plan for approximately 21,724 acres of State Forest land in Schuyler and Steuben Counties. It is comprised of ten state forests: Goundry Hill, Sugar Hill and Coon Hollow in Schuyler County; South Bradford, West Hill, Meads Creek, Beaver Dams, Dry Run, and Erwin Hollow in Steuben County; and Cinnamon Lake State Forest in both counties. 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 State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Dining and lodging opportunities as well as gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Corning and Painted Post.

Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau (leaves DEC website) and Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

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.