Cold Creek State Forest
Cold Creek State Forest (Allegany Reforestation Area #15) is located in the Town of Centerville in Allegany County. Its northernmost boundary is also the Wyoming-Allegany County line.
The Centerville area was settled shortly after 1800. Early residents were attracted by the high-quality timber growing there. Ironically, most of this high-quality timberland was eventually cleared for agriculture, but by the early 1900's much of the worn-out farmland was being abandoned and was reverting once again to forest.
Cold Creek State Forest covers a total of 501 acres.
The forest cover types on Cold Creek State Forest are a mixture of native hardwood species and planted conifers.
Logs being stacked for transport
The hardwood stands are managed through a series of thinnings which remove the lower quality trees and give more growing space to the best quality trees. The hardwood tops are generally left in place to rot and recycle their nutrients back into the soil. The decaying tops also provide bedding and nesting cover for wildlife such as white-tailed deer and wild turkeys.
Periodic thinnings in the red pine plantations have allowed the native hardwoods to seed into the sunlit openings. Many of the pine stands have reached maturity and the remaining overstory is now being removed to allow the hardwoods to grow to maturity. These "early-successional" hardwood stands provide an important habitat for a variety of songbird species, as well as ruffed grouse and woodcock.
The area is a popular destination for hunting both small game and big game.
New York State Snowmobile Corridor Trail 3B passes through Cold Creek State Forest. Visit the NY State Snowmobile Association website (link provided in right column) for more information.
State Forest Regulations
Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules which protect both visitors and the forest environment.
Cold Creek State Forest lies between the hamlet of Centerville and the Village of Pike, and is accessible from County Route 36.
State Forest Office (M-F 8-4 p.m.): 585-466-3241
Forest Rangers: 585-403-9574 or 585-415-1521