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Orton Hollow State Forest

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Orton Hollow State Forest encompasses 507 acres. Rugged and rustic, this forest is a good place for activities such as hunting and trapping. There is only one short trail on the forest which allows motorized access for people with mobility impairments and a DEC issued permit.

Featured Activities

Camping

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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.

Fishing

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Fishing Access information is available. Fishing Easement information is available.

River at Orton Hollow State Forest

Hunting & Trapping

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Game species such as weasels, deer, raccoon, rabbit, and turkey are plentiful, and hunting within these woods is a favorite for many locals.

Wildlife

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Accessible Features

accessible trailGeneral information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

A portion of the abandoned town road is designated for ATV use for individuals with mobility impairments and a DEC permit through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD). The trail is about ½ mile in length going southerly following the old roadway. Parking is provided at the log landing at the gate.

Directions

Orton Hollow State Forest may be accessed by taking NY Route 13 to County Route 17, off of which a fishing access site is located. Continue on County Route 17 until Finnerty Road and turn left, then turn again onto Finnerty Road Spur. There is also access directly off of NY 13 at the intersection with Miller Road. Parking from either road will be limited, but available from the shoulder.

Orton Hollow Road parking area (43.411069°N, 75.862024°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.

All users of Orton Hollow 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 Orton Hollow State Forest

In the future, Orton Hollow State Forest, along with Stone Hill State Forest, Klondike State Forest and Kasoag State Forest, will be part of the Fish Creek Unit Management Plan. A Unit Management Plan (UMP) guides the DEC's land management activities on several geographically related forests for a ten-year period, although a number of goals and objectives in the plan focus on a much longer time period. Each UMP addresses specific objectives and actions for public use and forest management.

A combination of black cherry, red maple, white ash, sugar maple and hemlock cover the landscape at Orton Hollow State Forest. This stands, along with the confer plantations, provide a perfect habitat for a diverse range of plants and animals.

History

Orton Hollow State Forest was once used by early European farmers and Revolutionary War Veterans for crop and pasture land. Unfortunately, the soils located within the Tug Hill Plateau Region of New York State consist largely of shale and sandstone deposits from receding glaciers. They are typically rocky and highly acidic. When combined with long and harsh winters, the conditions prevented most agricultural attempts from achieving significant success.

The State Reforestation Law of 1929 and the Hewitt Amendment of 1931 authorized the Conservation Department to acquire land, by gift or purchase, for reforestation areas. These State Forests, consisting of no less than 500 acres of contiguous land, were to be "forever devoted to reforestation and the establishment and maintenance thereon of forests for watershed protection, the production of timber and other forest products, recreation and kindred purposes" (Article 9, Title 5, Environmental Conservation Law).

As a result of these provisions, the majority of Orton Hollow State Forest was purchased in the 1930's by New York State. Lands like Orton Hollow, which had once been cleared for timber and farm land, were gradually restored to forests. Reforestation reduced the problem of soil erosion, protected water quality and provided forest products and recreational opportunities. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) planted thousands of conifer seedlings on the newly acquired lands. Their hard work and diligence can still be seen today as evidenced by the tall pine, spruce, and larch that decorate the landscape. The transformation that occurred on the land in Orton Hollow State Forest provides hundreds of people with ecological, economic and recreational opportunities each year.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us info.r7@dec.ny.gov

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Oswego County Tourism Office (Leaves DEC website)

Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of Pulaski.

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.