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Canacadea State Forest

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Location map of Canacadea State Forest

The 1,623-acre Canacadea State Forest has a limited amount of development. At the end of the left/north branch of the Department road is a maintained scenic vista, easily accessed in good weather. The multiple use trail on the map is an unpaved public access road that is not plowed in the winter. There are also unmarked, unmaintained deer paths, old skid roads and old farm lanes are available for exploring. Today, Canacadea 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


primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Canacadea State Forest has no designated camping sites, 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.

Dirt DEC road with white flowers and green trees.
DEC Road on Canacadea State Forest

Hunting & Trapping


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 in appropriate seasons.

Scenic View

Scenic View

At the end of the north fork of is a cleared view over the Canacadea Creek valley, Interstate 86 and Almond Lake.


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 call the Southern Tier home. 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 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.


To gain access to this state forest from State Route 21 in Almond, turn east on Erie Street. Continue to the end of Erie Street and turn east onto the Department's road. Parking is available at the end of both branches of the road.

  • North fork with the scenic vista (42.335121°N, 77.711266°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Southern fork (42.323318°N, 77.711309°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.

All users of Canacadea 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.

How We Manage Canacadea State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan. 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.

The new Draft Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan will have a public meeting on May 31, 2018 and comments will be accepted until July 2, 2018.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Nearby State Land:

Nearby County Land:

Where to find amenities:

  • Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau (leaves DEC website)
  • Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (leaves DEC website)
  • Gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Hornell, Canisteo, Almond or Arkport.
  • Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Hornell, Canisteo, Almond or Arkport.
  • Lodging may be found in the nearby community of Hornell.

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.