Cinnamon Lake State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 8 Bath Office: (607) 776-2165 (M-F 8:30AM - 4:30PM), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Towns of Orange, Schuyler County and Hornby, Steuben County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 8W
- Map: View Cinnamon Lake State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (190KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
The 1,786-acre Cinnamon Lake State Forest has a limited amount of development, including some limited trails and a very small section of pond edge. Today, Cinnamon Lake 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.
General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
Cinnamon Lake State Forest has no developed campsites; however, at-large primitive camping is allow. 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
Forest on Cinnamon Lake State Forest
Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.
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 call the Finger Lakes 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.
General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.
Individuals with qualifying disabilities may apply for a permit to operate a motor vehicle on trails designated by the NYS DEC. This program is known as the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD). Gas Well Rd Trail heads east from Forks-Monterey Rd and is the only designated MAPPWD trail on Cinnamon Lake State Forest.
From I86, take Exit 42 (Coopers Plains), head north on Meads Creek Rd. (County Rte. 26 / County Rte. 16). In the hamlet of Monterey turn right onto Hornby Rd.
From State Rte. 414, head north on County Rte. 19, then straight onto Hornby Rd. All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.
- Stonemound Trail Parking (42.278292°N, 77.02984°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
- Lloyds Parking Lot (42.277388°N, 77.031336°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
- Cinnamon Lake Parking Lot (42.283645°N, 77.013851°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.
Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.
How We Manage Cinnamon Lake State Forest
DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Six Nations Unit Management Plan (Plan 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.
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Nearby Amenities and Attractions:
State Lands and Facilities
- Beaver Dams State Forest
- Dry Run State Forest
- South Bradford State Forest
- Goundry Hill State Forest
- Sugar Hill State Forest
- Coon Hollow State Forest
- Watkins Glen State Park (leaves DEC website)
Dining and Lodging opportunities as well as gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Corning and Watkins Glen.
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.