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Hiltonville State Forest

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Hiltonville State Forest totals 999 acres. This area provides opportunities for many outdoor recreational activities including hiking, snowmobiling, camping, fishing 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. It also provides 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.

Norway spruce logs from a thinning in a plantation planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933
A landing with Norway spruce logs from a thinning in a
plantation planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Forest roads and logging trails are available for hiking and other recreational activities. Note that the forest roads are not plowed in winter unless a timber sale is in progress.

Hunting & Trapping

hunting
trapping

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

Hunting and trapping are allowed on the property. Permanent tree stands and ATVs are prohibited. Be sure to abide by all game laws.

Camping

primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Campers can set up camp at log landings that have been graveled for vehicle access. At-large backcountry camping is also 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.

Fishing

fishing

General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Fishing is allowed on the wildlife pond on the east side of the Norton Forest Road. The Canisteo River also runs through the eastern side of the forest.

Snowmobiling

snowmobiling

General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

The Southern Tier Snowriders (leaves DEC website) have marked trails which they maintain through this state forest. Parts of the C2 and C2C snowmobile trails run through the forest.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

cross-country skiing
snowshoeing

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

Forest roads and logging trails are available for skiing, snowshoeing and other recreational activities. Note that the forest roads are not plowed in winter unless a timber sale is in progress.

Biking

biking

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

Forest roads and logging trails are available for biking and other recreational activities.

Horseback Riding

horseback riding

General information on horseback riding includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Forest roads and logging trails are available for horseback riding and other recreational activities. Note that the forest roads are not plowed in winter unless a timber sale is in progress.

Directions

From Arkport, take County Route 32 west for about 9 miles until entering the state forest.

There are no designated parking areas on the unit, however roadside parking is available at the locations shown on the unit map. The state forest is located at 42.369381°N, 77.848507°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.

All users of Hiltonville 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.

How We Manage Hiltonville 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.

Timber Management

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 a source of future crop trees. Some stands contain large trees, giving an illusion of old growth. In reality, these stands have been harvested prior to state ownership.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Gas, food and other supplies, and dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Alfred, Arkport and Hornell.
Lodging can be found in the nearby communities of Alfred and Hornell.

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.