Coyle Hill State Forest
- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 9 Almond Office (M-F 8:00AM - 4:00PM): (585) 466-3241; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Towns of Belfast and Friendship in Allegany County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 9W
- Map: View Coyle Hill State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (266 KB) || Coyle Hill MAPPWD Permit Map in PDF (105 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
The 2,343-acre Coyle Hill State Forest provides opportunities for outdoor recreational activities including hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, and hunting.
The forest is a source of raw material for New York's forest products industry, which provides employment and income for many New Yorkers. It also provides various habitats for many wildlife species such as deer, rabbit, grouse and turkey.
In the 1930s, Coyle Hill State Forest was the site of many work projects carried out by the Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC. The CCC, 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 of the property.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.
There are 5.8 miles of marked multi-purpose trails on the unit. Forest roads (which are not plowed unless a timber sale is in progress) and logging trails are also available for hiking and other recreational activities.
Hunting & Trapping
Hunting and trapping are allowed on the property in accordance with all game laws. Campers can be set up at log landings that have been graveled for vehicle access.
General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.
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. Campers can be set up at log landings that have been graveled for vehicle access.
General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.
The Allegany County Federation of Snowmobilers (leaves DEC website) maintain marked snowmobiling trails through a volunteer stewardship agreement. Forest roads and logging trails are also available for snowmobiling.
General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.
There are three recreational trails off of the Warner and Warner Spur Forest Roads that allows motorized ATV access for people with mobility impairments. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.
To reach Coyle Hill State Forest from Interstate 86, take exit 30 (Belvidere), north on State Route 19 for 0.2 mile. Turn left onto Hess Road for 1.25 miles, then left onto Warner Forest Road which leads into the state forest.
There are no designated parking areas on the unit, however roadside parking is available. (42.258595°N, 78.106077°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.
Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.
How We Manage Coyle Hill State Forest
DEC is developing a management plan which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural and human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.
If you have questions about this UMP, please email us at email@example.com.
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 trees are not usually planted as they spread vast amounts of seed and naturally regenerate. Periodic thinning of the forest for 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. New trees grow, providing food and cover for wildlife and a source of future crop trees. Some stands will contain large trees, giving an illusion of old growth. These stands were actually harvested prior to state ownership.
Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information
State Lands & Facilities
- Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area
- Rush Creek State Forest
- Plumbottom State Forest
- Bald Mountain State Forest
- Allen Lake State Forest
Gas can be found in the nearby communities of Belfast, Belmont, Cuba and Friendship.
Food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Angelica, Belfast, Cuba and Friendship
Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Belfast, Belmont, Cuba and Friendship.
Lodging can be found in the nearby communities of Angelica, Belfast and Cuba.
Allegany County Tourism (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.