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Cameron Mills State Forest

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The 54-acre Cameron Mills State Forest recreational opportunities focus on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development as most of this forest is remote and difficult to access. There are no formally designated trails or parking lots. 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 will ensure a perpetual supply of timber, a diversity of wildlife habitats, compatible recreational opportunities and clean water.

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



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


Controlled burn of native grasses on Cameron Mills SF.
Early spring controlled burn of native grass.

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 Turkeys reside and call it home here in the Southern Tier. 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.


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. Visitors should use caution in the areas near County Route 119 (River Road). This is an area with shale cliffs and large talus slopes, with no adequate off-road parking. Cameron Mills State Forest has no designated parking lots, however parking is available along the edges of Pump Station Rd. (42.194913N, 77.380239W) 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 Cameron Mills State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follows all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

How We Manage Cameron Mills State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan (Plan PDF, 101 pages, 1.7 MB). The Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan was prepared by a committee of DEC Professionals at the Region 8 DEC office in 2003. It is comprised of eight state forests; Burt Hill, Cameron, Cameron Mills, Canacadea, Greenwood, Rock Creek, Tracy Creek, and Turkey Ridge State Forests, and two Wildlife Management Areas; Helmer Creek and West Cameron Wildlife Management Areas. 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 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 (http://www.nysoga.org/) (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.