Vandermark State Forest
Vandermark State Forest, also known as Allegany #7, totals 2,384 acres. The state forest is located in Allegany County in the town of Ward and borders County Route 10. This area provides opportunities for many informal outdoor recreational activities such as snowshoeing, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, camping, fishing, bird watching, nature photography and hunting.
The state forest is also a source of raw material for New York's forest products industry which provides employment and income for many New Yorkers and provides for various habitats for many wildlife species such as deer, rabbit, grouse and turkey.
In the 1930s, Vandermark State Forest was the site of many work projects carried out by the Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC. The CCCs, established by the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, provided employment opportunities for young men during the depression. CCC projects included the construction of roads and the planting of thousands of pine and spruce trees in the open areas on the property.
Hunting, fishing, and trapping are allowed on the property. Be sure to abide by all game laws in affect through the N.Y.S.D.E.C.
Hardwood log landing on an old gas well site for a
timber sale which featured the harvest of over-
mature red oak
Conifer - The stands of pine and spruce were planted in old farm fields as they need open areas with direct sunlight to thrive. They are usually managed by a series of partial harvest thinnings. These thinnings provide openings of sunlight to encourage natural regeneration of native hardwoods. The removal of the conifer overstory in the final harvest allows the hardwood seedlings to grow to maturity.
Hardwood - Hardwood trees are not usually planted as they spread vast amounts of seed and naturally regenerate. Periodic thinning of the forest through the sale of forest products gives the residual trees more growing space. This helps to keep the forest healthy and provides openings for new seedlings, a revolving supply of food and cover for wildlife and source of future crop trees. Some stands will contain large trees, giving an illusion of old growth--such is very premature as these stands have been harvested prior to state ownership.
Forest roads (which are not plowed unless a timber sale is in progress), old gas well roads, and logging trails are available for hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. Proof of current negative Coggins certificate is required for all horses and out-of-state horse owners are required to produce a 30-day health certificate. The Allegany County Federation of Snowmobilers, Inc. have marked trails which they maintain through this state forest. ATVs are prohibited.
Hunting and Fishing
Hunting and fishing (Vandermark Creek) are allowed on the property. Campers can set up at the log landings that have been graveled for vehicle access. Permanent tree stands and ATVs are prohibited. Be sure to abide by all game laws in affect through the N.Y.S.D.E.C. More information can be obtained from your local DEC office by calling 585-268-5392.
Skiing, Snowshoeing, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
Allowed on the property, but there are no designated trials.
Access for People with Disabilities
None. Contact DEC for accessible recreation on state lands nearby.
State Forest Regulations
Vandermark State Forest offers many recreational opportunities, such as, hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping. State lands belong to all of us. Help care for this area and enhance the enjoyment of it for yourself and those who follow by observing these simple guidelines.
To reach Vandermark State Forest take State Route 244 to the intersection with County Route 10 and head south for almost 4 miles to enter the state forest which borders both sides of the road.
State Forest Office (M-F 8-4 p.m.): 585-466-3241
Forest Ranger (Evenings, Weekends and Holidays): 585-403-9574 and 585-415-1521