Basswood Pond State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 4 Stamford Office (M-F 8:30AM - 4:30PM): (607) 652-7365, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Towns of Burlington and Exeter, Otsego County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 4F
- Map: View the Basswood Pond State Forest Map || View same map in PDF (843 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
The 720-acre Basswood Pond State Forest is conveniently located 15 miles from Cooperstown, NY. With 7.5 miles of multiuse trails, as well as a pond featuring a day use picnic area, Basswood Pond State Forest is a great destination for outdoor recreation any time of year.
There are two parking lots on Basswood State Forest, one on Basswood Pond Public Forest Access Rd, and the other on Jacobs Rd. The parking lot on the access road connects to a day use and fishing area with picnic tables, a pier, and a latrine.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
Basswood Pond State Forest contains approximately 7.5 miles of trails upon which hiking and cross country skiing are encouraged. There are three trail loops. The southern-most loop starts at the parking lot on Basswood Pond Public Forest Access Rd, and passes south of Basswood Pond, through the Accessible fishing and day-use area. The middle loop starts from the parking lot on Jacobs Rd, and connects to both the northern-most loop and the southern-most loop.
General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
There are no designated campsites; however, 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.
General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
Basswood Pond covers 15 acres and has no dock or put in location. It is open to hand launch boats.
General information on boating includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations and lists of DEC boat launches by county.
Basswood Pond covers 15 acres and has no dock or put in location. It is open to hand launch boats. Only electric motors are permitted.
General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations
Basswood Pond State Forest features Basswood Pond with an accessible fishing pier. Basswood Pond is stocked with rainbow trout annually. There is a 10 inch minimum length and a 3-fish daily limit for trout. Fish may not be used as bait.
There are also public fishing rights on the nearby Wharton Creek.
A pamphlet is available with maps of state lands and public fishing rights that depicts the Public Access for Fishing the Wharton Creek (PDF 780KB).
Southeastern NY Fishing provides information on fishing in the area and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.
Hunting & Trapping
Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons. The main game species and furbearers found on the property include deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, rabbits, squirrels, and coyotes.
General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
Snowmobile Trail crosses the property. The trail is connected to a larger network of trails maintained by the Otsego Snow Travelers (leaves DEC website).
Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
Otsego County lies on the eastern end of the Central Appalachian ecozone which hosts a plethora of wildlife. In addition to the notable game species and furbearers, a variety of songbirds as well as birds of prey can be found within the property.
General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.
Path and fishing platform at Basswood Pond
Basswood Pond has an accessible fishing and day use area on its southern shore, which can be reached by a short universally accessible trail from the parking lot on Basswood Pond Public Forest Access Rd.
From the North: NY-28 S, right onto County Rd 16 (5.1 mi). Next, make a left onto Basswood Rd (0.4 mi), then take the first right onto Basswood Pond Public Forest Access Rd to reach the Basswood Pond day use area.
From the South: NY-205 N, turn left onto NY-80 W (4 mi), then right onto County Rd 16 (1.5 mi). Next, make a left onto Basswood Rd (0.4 mi), then take the first right onto Basswood Pond Public Forest Access Rd to reach the Basswood Pond day use area.
From the East: Take St. Hwy. 80 West of Cooperstown. In Burlington, make a right onto County Route 16. Approximately 1 1/2 miles, make a left onto Basswood Road. Make first right on the Basswood Pond Public Forest Access Rd and proceed to day use area.
From the West: US-20 E, turn right onto NY-51 S/ South St (12.2 mi), take left onto Arnold Rd (1.2 mi), continue onto Basswood Rd to enter the State Forest, and then take the first left onto Basswood Pond Public Forest Access Rd to reach the Basswood Pond day use area.
All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.
Jacobs Road Parking Lot (42.757101°N, 75.121525°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Basswood Pond Parking Lot: provides access to the Basswood Pond picnic day area. (42.750324°N, 75.123224°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.
Mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.
How We Manage Basswood Pond State Forest
DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Leatherstocking Unit Management Plan. In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.
Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information
State Lands & Facilities
- Exeter State Forest
- Beaver Creek State Forest
- Plainfield State Forest
- Texas School House State Forest
- Hartwick State Forest
- Glimmerglass State Park (leaves DEC website)
Lodging and dining opportunities, as well as gas, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby community of Cooperstown
Cooperstown and Otsego County Tourism Office (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.