Canacadea State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- State Land Managers Office: 607-776-2165 M-F 8:30-4:30
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: 911 or (518) 408-5850
- Location: Hornellsville, Steuben County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 8X
- Map: View Canacadea State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (185 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
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.
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.
DEC Road on Canacadea State Forest
Hunting & Trapping
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 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 (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.
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 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
- Nearby State Land:
- Information regarding 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.