Wiley Brook State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 7 Sherburne Office: (607)-674-4017 M-F 8 am- 4 pm, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Oxford and Guilford, Chenango County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 7P
- Map: View Wiley Brook State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (228 Kb) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Wiley Brook State Forest is 1,240 acres in size. The most popular recreational activities on the forest are hunting and hiking. Hunting is most popular during big game season. Winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as snowmobiling on the sections of unplowed town roads.
Some of the most scenic areas on this state forest can be found near the ponds. Wiley Pond (also known as Puckerville Pond) is located in the southwestern corner of the forest. Another pond, which is only partially located on the State forest, can be found between Quarry Road and Shapley Road. This pond is in a remote location and many species of water foul can be sighted here.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
A one-mile section of the Finger Lakes Trail (leaves DEC website) runs through the southwestern portion of the forest. It can be accessed from Shapley Road, near Puckerville Corners.
General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
A primitive camping site can be found on the east side of Wiley Pond, and the site can be reserved by contacting the Sherburne office. Although the site is located near the road, it has a remote atmosphere and is surrounded by tall timber trees.
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 snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
Bruffell Hill Road and Quarry Road are used as snowmobile trails in the winter.
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.
Wiley Brook State Forest is a rather fragmented property and there is not a main entrance to the forest. The town roads that cross through the forest include: Shapley Road, Quarry Road, Brussel Hill Road (formerly Ives Settlement Road) and Glovers Corners to Yaleville Road. All of these roads connect into either County Route 35 or 38.
Shapley Road parking and informational kiosk sign (42.368467°N, 75.539275°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Most of the town roads on the forest are good quality, gravel-surface roads which may be traveled with any passenger car. Quarry Road and Brussel Hill Road are more narrow than roads such as Shapley Road, and they may have some sections of rough surface. Ward Loomis Road, in the southwest corner of the state forest, is a rough shaled surface road. Quarry Road, Brussel Hill Road, and Ward Loomis Road are not plowed during the winter. There are no true parking areas located in the forest, but there are many places to park vehicles along the sides of the town roads, as well as on old log decks next to the roads.
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.
How We Manage Wiley Brook State Forest
Wiley Brook State Forest is part of the Between Rivers 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.
If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us email@example.com
Wiley Brook State Forest is bordered by a mix of privately owned woodlands and agricultural lands. The forest is named after the stream and its tributaries that run though many sections of the forest. The highest elevation in the forest is approximately 1,840 feet and is located in the far northeastern corner of the forest. The lowest elevation is about 1,440 feet and is found in the eastern, central section of the forest. Most of the slopes in the forest are gentle to moderate. All of the surface water in Wiley Brook State Forest flows south to the Susquehanna River. Although the Basswood State Forest is nearby, the water in that forest flows west into the Chenango River
Wiley Brook is a tributary to Yaleville Brook, which flows into the Susquehanna River near the village of Bainbridge. The branches of Wiley Brook in the state forest represent the beginnings of the stream, and are unlikely to support any game fish, such as brook trout. The forest cover in Wiley Brook State Forest is generally a mixture of either native or planted conifers with northern hardwood species. The northern hardwoods include: beech, birch, maple, oak, cherry, ash and basswood. The planted conifers include red pine, scotch pine, white pine, Japanese Larch, Norway spruce and white spruce. The native conifers include white pine and hemlock. All of the conifer plantations in Wiley Brook State Forest where planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC's) between 1931 and 1940. More than 600 acres, or approximately 50%, of Wiley Brook State Forest was planted by the CCC's. At the rate of 700 planted trees to the acre, this adds up to more than 400,000 trees that were used to reforest the unproductive agricultural lands of the 1800's. Many of these plantations are now mature, and are being converted to native forest cover, including northern hardwoods and hemlock.
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Chenango County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)
Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of Norwich.
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.