Cameron State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 8 Bath Office: (607) 776-2165 M-F 8:30-4:30, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: 911 or (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Cameron, Steuben County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 8T
- Map: Cameron State Forest Map || Same Map in PDF (220 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
The 1,990-acre Cameron State Forest includes Cameron Pond, two smaller ponds, a gas pipeline down the middle and a native grassland field near the southern end. Today, Cameron 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 paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations.
Cameron Pond is near the center of the forest and provides day use and fishing opportunities during both winter and summer seasons.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Cameron State Forest does not have any designated hiking trails, however there are numerous animal trails, old roads and pipelines to explore. None of these are currently marked and few are mapped.
Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Cameron State Forest does not include any designated skiing or snowshoe trails, however there are numerous animal trails, old roads and pipelines to explore. None of these are currently marked and few are mapped.
General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. At-large primitive camping is allowed in this unit, except within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond, other body of water, or otherwise prohibited.
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 turkey call the Southern Tier home. The grasslands are home to a variety of bird species including northern harrier and state endangered Henslow's sparrow. 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.
General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access. Individuals with qualifying disabilities may apply for a permit to operate a motor vehicle on trails designated by the NYS DEC. This program is known as the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD). Access to Cameron Pond, two beaver ponds, and to a field and views of the Canisteo River Valley are all designated MAPPWD on Cameron State Forest.
To gain access to this state forest, from Bath, take County Route #10 heading south. To gain access to this forest from Addison, travel west on County Route 119, make a right turn (north) onto County Route #10. The state forest can be accessed by turning to the west on either Stone House Road or West Cameron Road. Cameron Pond is located off of West Cameron Rd, with room for about 6 cars. (42.242250°N, 77.403538°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.
How We Manage Cameron 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 Amenities and Attractions
- Nearby State Land
- Cameron Mills State Forest
- Tracy Creek State Forest
- West Cameron Wildlife Management Area
- Helmer Creek Wildlife Management Area
- 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 Cameron Mills, Bath or Addison
- Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Bath or Addison
- Lodging may be found in the nearby community of Bath.
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.