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Whalen Memorial State Forest

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Whalen Memorial State Forest locator map

The 1,325-acre Whalen Memorial State Forest is located in the southwestern area of Chautauqua County. The forest includes habitats for various wildlife species such as deer, rabbit, grouse and turkey. It provides opportunities for many informal outdoor recreational activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and hunting. This area is also a source of raw material for New York's forest products industry, which provides employment and income for many New Yorkers.

Featured Activities

Forester measuring a tree in Whalen State Forest

Hiking

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The Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail traverses the state forest. Two miles of the trail on Whalen Memorial State Forest are maintained by Chautauqua County Department of Public Works, Parks Division. A map for the trail can be obtained from the Chautauqua County Parks Office by following the Trail Map link to the right.

Biking, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are allowed on the trail. Motor vehicles are prohibited. Horseback riding is also prohibited on the trail, but it is allowed on the property. However, there are no designated trails for this activity.

Hunting & Trapping

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General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations

Whalen Memorial State Forest is in Wildlife Management Unit 9J. Managing the forest to maintain a diversity of cover types allows a variety of wildlife species to thrive. Hunting and trapping are allowed on the property in accordance with game laws enforced by NYSDEC. Hunting opportunities vary with habitat conditions.

Snowmobiling

Trail through Whalen Memorial State Forest in winter
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General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

The local snowmobile club maintains a section of trail which does not coincide with the hiking trail. This trail is adopted and maintained by the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club (leaves DEC website). This trail consists of about 2.2 miles that connect to other snowmobile trails that travel off state property. This trail also can be used for hiking and mountain biking in the off season. Please be respectful of adjacent landowners.

Organizers of trail events need to obtain a Temporary Revocable Permit for use of the trails prior to the event. These can be obtained at the Dunkirk DEC Office at (716) 363-2052.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.

Biking

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General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

Bicycling is permitted on the hiking trails in this State Forest.

Wildlife

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

The forest includes habitats for various wildlife species such as deer, rabbit, grouse and turkey.

Directions

To reach Whalen Memorial State Forest, from Interstate 86 take Exit 7, turn right onto County Route 33, proceed north for 0.75 miles to County Route 18. Proceed west on County Route 18 for 2.5 miles to Stebbins Road. Proceed south on Stebbins Road for 2.25 miles. The entrance to Whalen Forest Road is at the yellow gate.

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

  • Eggleston Hill Parking Lot (42.118105°N, 79.519393°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.

All users of Whalen Memorial 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.

Specific Rules

Biking, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are allowed on the trail. Motor vehicles are prohibited. Horseback riding is also prohibited on the trail, but it is allowed on the property. However, there are no designated trails for this activity.

How We Manage Whalen Memorial State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Chautauqua Unit State Forests 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.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at r9.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Lodging and dining opportunities as well as gas, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby community of Mayville.

Chautauqua County Visitors' Bureau (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.