Hiltonville State Forest
Hiltonville State Forest, also known as Allegany #9, totals 999 acres. The state forest is located in Allegany County in the southeast corner of the Town of Birdsall. This area provides opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, such as, hiking, snowmobiling, camping 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, Hiltonville State Forest was the site of many work projects carried out by the Civilian Conservation Corps (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 on the property.
Hunting, fishing and trapping are allowed on the property. Be sure to abide by all game laws in effect through the N.Y.S.D.E.C.
A landing with Norway spruce logs from a thinning in a
plantation planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933.
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) and logging trails are available for hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. 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 (wildlife pond on the east side of the Norton Forest Road) are allowed on the property. Campers can set up camp at 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 effect 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.
Access for People with Disabilities
State Forest Regulations
Hiltonville State Forest offers many recreational opportunities, such as, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and snowmobiling. 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 Hiltonville State Forest, take County Route 32 west from Bishopville for about 6 miles, just into the Town of Birdsall.
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