Greenwood State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 8 Bath Office (M-F 8:30AM - 4:30PM): (607) 776-2165, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Greenwood, Steuben County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 8X
- Map: View Greenwood State Forest Map Image || View Same Map in PDF (190 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
The 906-acre Greenwood State Forest has a limited amount of development. Today, Greenwood 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.
Hunting & Trapping
Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.
General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
Fawn on Greenwood State Forest
Greenwood State Forest has no developed 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.
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.
From Canisteo, take State Highway 248 heading south. Immediately north of the hamlet of Greenwood turn west onto Steuben County Route #62 (Rock Creek Road). The first road to the south (Brown Hollow Road) will provide access to the central portion of the state forest. (42.152865°N, 77.677855°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.
Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, snowmobiling and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.
How We Manage Greenwood 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 email@example.com.
Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information
State Lands and Facilities
Dining opportunities as well as gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Hornell and Canisteo.
Lodging may be found in the nearby community of Hornell.
Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau (leaves DEC website) and Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.
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.