Slader Creek State Forest
Slader Creek State Forest (Allegany Reforestation Area #21) is located in the Towns of Almond, Birdsall and Burns in Allegany County. Slader Creek State Forest covers a total of 1,229 acres, including the recent acquisition of a 97-acre inholding.
The forest cover types on Slader Creek State Forest are a mixture of native hardwood species and planted conifers.
The area gets its name from the picturesque stream which barely touches the northern portion of the state forest, but several of its tributaries flow through the forest. Much of the streambed is bedrock, with many cascades and small waterfalls.
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.
Slader creek features many cascades
and small waterfalls
Slader Creek State Forest offers a number of opportunities for recreation.
The Finger Lakes Trail / North Country National Scenic Trail passes through Slader Creek State Forest. This trial can also be used for snowshoeing and skiing, but keep in mind some of the terrain can be challenging for these activities. More info can be found on the Finger Lakes Trail and North Country Trail websites (links provided in 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).
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.
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.
Slader Creek State Forest lies approximately 2 miles southwest of the Village of Canaseraga. The area is accessible from County Route 13C, several town roads and the Oberdorf Forest Road.
State Forest Office (M-F 8-4 p.m.): 585-466-3241
Forest Rangers: 585-403-9574 or 585-415-1521