Bald Mountain State Forest
Bald Mountain State Forest (Allegany Reforestation Area #22) is located in the Town of Angelica in Allegany County. Bald Mountain State Forest covers a total of 764 acres.
The forest cover types on Bald Mountain State Forest are a mixture of native hardwood species and planted conifers
The forest gets its name from the prominent hill (no longer bald!) near the center of the state forest. Before State acquisition, the area was undoubtedly bare of trees, as was much of Allegany County, due to extensive land clearing for agriculture and pasture.
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 component for a variety of songbird species, as well as ruffed grouse and woodcock.
Bald Mountain State Forest offers a number of recreational opportunities.
The area is a popular destination for both small game and big game hunting. Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right of ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails.
New York State Snowmobile Corridor Trail 2C passes through Bald Mountain State Forest. More info can be found by clicking the NY State Snowmobile Association link in the right column.
There are no formal camp sites on this property, however individuals may set up camp at any location which is at least 150 feet from water bodies, streams, roads or trails. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger (see phone numbers below).
Geo-caching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations.
Tips for Using State Forests
Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules which protect visitors and the forest environment.
Individuals with disabilities can apply for a Motorized Access Permit (MAPPWD) to use a motor vehicle on designated roads. The application is available on the Accessible Recreation page by clicking the MAPPWD link in the right column.
Bald Mountain State Forest lies approximately 2 miles east of the Village of Angelica, and is accessible via Buehrings Road, which runs north off County Route 16.
State Forest Office (M-F 8-4 p.m.): 585-466-3241
Forest Rangers: 585-403-9574 or 585-415-1521