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Whaupaunaucau State Forest

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Whaumaunaucau State Forest locator map
  • Open for recreation: Year-round. Note: The DEC has installed a gate at Whaupaunaucau State Forest to keep motorized vehicles off of the trails. The gate is opened for the hunting season in the fall.
  • Fee: Free
  • Contact Information:
    • DEC Region Sherburne 7 Office: (607) 674-4017, M-F 8 AM-4 PM; email:
    • Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
  • Location: North Norwich Town, Chenango County
  • Wildlife Management Unit: 7M
  • Map: View Whaupaunaucau State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (188 Kb) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper

Whaupaunaucau State Forest's 1,188 aces offer a wide array of recreational opportunities. The forest is located between Chenango County Routes 12 and 29 in the town of North Norwich. Paddling is allowed, but there is no launch site on the pond.

Featured Activities


primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how to-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

A lean-to and fireplace are located along trail 20.

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.

Cross-county Skiing & Snowshoeing

cross country skiing
snow shoeing

General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes a how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

A thirteen-mile cross country ski trail system includes trails that wind through natural forests and plantations. Most trails are designed for skiers with a beginner or intermediate skill level.



General information on fishing includes a how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Jeffrey's pond, a 10-acre impoundment, is stocked with brook trout yearly. A fishing access parking lot is located near the pond.



General information on hiking includes a how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

pine tree in the woods

The cross country ski trails can be used as hiking trails during the off-season.

Hunting & Trapping


General information on hunting and general information on trapping includes a how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Whaupaunaucau State Forest is open to hunting and trapping during appropriate seasons.


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

The varied habitats of the forest sustain populations of turkey, deer, squirrels and numerous song birds.


Take State Highway 12 north of Norwich to State Highway 320. Take 320, which becomes King Settlement Road (County Route 29) to Post Road. Turn left onto Post Road, and then drive up the hill to the State Forest. Parking is available on Post Road and at Jefferey Pond.

Post Road Parking Area is located on the eastern boundary of the state forest. (42.607361°N, 75.461173°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Jeffrey Pond Parking Area is located on the east side of the pond. (42.608626°N, 75.467802°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 natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of 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 Whaupaunaucau State Forest

Whaupaunaucau State Forest is part of the Between Rivers Unit Management Plan which currently is in draft format. 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.

The forest was named after the marten which formerly inhabited this hill along with the early settlers. Part of the Chenangadilla Unit Management Plan, Whaupaunaucau State Forest was purchased with Hewitt Amendment funds in the 1930's. The State Forest is a blend of red pine, Scotch pine and Norway spruce plantations with natural hardwoods consisting of red oak, American beech, sugar maple, red maple, black cherry, white ash and eastern hemlock. Various forest products have been removed during the years.

If you have questions and/or comments about the UMP, please e-mail us at

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

DEC Lands and Facilities:

Gas, food and dining can be found in the nearby communities of Sherburne and Norwich.

Chenango 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 are little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.