Dry Run State Forest
Dry Run State Forest is located four miles north of the village of Painted Post. The forest is located in the town of Hornby, Steuben County and the town of Orange, Schuyler County. It is in proximity to West Hill, Meads Creek, and Cinnamon Lake State Forests.
Recreational opportunities in this state forest focus rustic experiences with a limited amount of development. There are no formally designated trails. Town and county roads provide mountain biking opportunities.
Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right of ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails. Permanent tree stands are prohibited. However, a tree stand or blind is allowed, provided that it does not injure any trees, is properly marked or tagged with the owner's name and address or valid hunting or fishing license number, and is placed and used during big game season, migratory game bird season, or turkey season, but no more than thirty days in one location per calendar year.
Geo-caching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations.
Red pine trees with hardwood seedlings on Dry Run.
Portions of this forest encompass steep, broken, terrain and may be considered remote and difficult to access. Today, Dry Run 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.
State Forest Regulations
Anyone enjoying this property must observe the following rules which protect both them and the forest environment.
- Do not litter. Carry out what you carry in. Burying of refuse is prohibited.
- If you build a fire, do so with care and use wood from dead and downed trees only. Never leave a fire unattended. All fires must be extinguished with water, and the coals must be raked until cool to the touch.
- Do not bring firewood from home because this may also transport dangerous invasive pests to the state forest.
- Unauthorized cutting of live trees or new trail building is prohibited.
- Camping for more than three consecutive nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a DEC Forest Ranger.
- Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond or other body of water except at camping areas designated by the department.
- Human waste should be buried in a shallow hole 4-6 inches deep, and at least 150 feet from water, trails, and campsites. Cover with leaf litter and dirt.
- Motorized vehicles are permitted only on access roads posted as open to motor vehicles. Off road use of motorized vehicles is prohibited, except where specifically permitted by signs, posted notice or by DEC permit.
- No permanent structures should be established, including tree stands or blinds.
- ATV and UTV use is generally prohibited on State Forests.
- Individuals with disabilities can apply for a Motorized Access Permit (MAPPWD) to use a motor vehicle on designated roads.
The first settlers in the town of Hornby arrived around 1796. The town was formed in 1826. As noted in numerous other state forest descriptions, agricultural abandonment occurred relatively early (1910-1929) on the hilltop lands occupied by this state forest.
Local legend tells us that Dry Run was a source of waterpower for the early settlers in this neighborhood. Unfortunately, we have not been able to uncover historical records which point to any state forest properties being involved in the water power era … even though there are building foundations in close proximity to the stream.
The majority of this property was acquired by the State between 1930 and 1940 under the terms of the Hewett Amendment to the State Constitution and the authority of the Enlarged Reforestation Act. Smaller additions were made in the early 1960's using the Parks and Recreation land acquisition bond acts. The current size is about 1,062 acres. While the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) did conduct activities on this forest, tree planting was not undertaken by the CCC at this location. Most of tree planting was done by Department crews during the immediate post Korean War era (1956 - 1959). The CCC was active in other development work during the Depression era, including fire control, timber stand improvement, and road work.
To gain access to this state forest from Painted Post, proceed north on County Route #26, Meads Creek Road. Turn right (east) onto Dry Run Road. The forest can be accessed by turning left onto either Duvall Road or Harrison Road.
Important Telephone Numbers
Fire and Law Enforcement : 585-226-6706 or 911
State Forest Office (M - F; 8:30 am to 4:45 pm) 607-776-2165