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Cameron Mills State Forest

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Cameron Mills State Forest is located one mile west of the hamlet of Cameron Mills, in the Allegheny Plateau. The forest is located in the town of Cameron, Steuben County.

Tips for Using State Forests

Recreation

Recreational opportunities focus on 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.

Portions of this forest will require significant walking to access and some portions may be considered remote and difficult to access. Fairly steep terrain is common, as are areas of flatter, ridge top, terrain. Visitors should use caution in the areas near County Route 119 (River Road). This is an area with shale cliffs and large talus slopes. In addition there is no adequate off-road parking. Access to this part of the forest should be from Pump Station Road.

Controlled Burn of native grass in early spring. Blackened grass in forground, brown grass burning in the background.
Controlled burn of native grass on Cameron Mills

Today, Cameron Mills 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 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.

History

The first settlers in the town of Cameron arrived around 1800. The town was formed in 1822. As noted in numerous other state forest descriptions, agricultural abandonment occurred relatively early (1910-1929) on the hilltop lands occupied by this state forest.This forest was acquired under the terms of the Parks and Recreation Land Acquisition Bond Act in the 1960's. The current size is about 544 acres. This property was not acquired until after the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) era. Thus the CCC did not conduct reforestation or other management activities on this forest.

Directions

To gain access to this forest from the hamlet of Cameron Mills, travel west on County Route 119, make a right turn (north) onto Pump Station Road, which bisects the forest.

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