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Triangle State Forest

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Triangle State Forest is 661 acres. Rathbun Hill Road provides access into the forest, crossing the forest from east to west. Vehicle access into the forest is not available during the winter, as the town does not plow Rathbun Road. The town derives its name from its geographical location. Located south of the "twenty towns" in Chenango County, and the "military tract" in Cortland County, the apex of the triangle was formed by the confluence of the Chenango and Tioughnioga Rivers.

Featured Activities


Primitive Camping

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

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 fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations

Fishing Access information is available.

Fishing easement information is available.

Pond and trees in Triangle State Forest

Hunting & Trapping

huntingtrappingGeneral Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations



General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

A New York State snowmobile corridor trail uses the unplowed town road for snowmobiling. The trail continues into the heart of the forest and then goes north into Chenango County.



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

Forest management has created some ideal habitat for ruffed grouse.


To get to Triangle State Forest, start at Triangle, which is located on State Highway 206. From there, take Ticknor Brook Road North to Rathbun Hill Road. Heading East takes you to the State Forest.

GPS coordinates for trailheads, parking areas, boat launches, waterway access sites and other access points. (42.387306 -75.892914)
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 Triangle 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 Triangle State Forest

Triangle State Forest is part of the Long Pond 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 copy of the Long Pond UMP is available at the Lands and Forests Office in Sherburne.

The present day forests contain a mixture of plantations and natural hardwoods and conifers. Most of the white pine a visitor to the forest would see today was reforested in the 1930's. The tall, majestic pines that helped rebuild the nation's capital were felled long ago. Hunting opportunities for deer and turkey are plentiful.

During the War of 1812, many of the nations capital buildings were burned, damaged or destroyed. Anson Seymour, son of one of Triangle's first settlers, capitalized on the reconstruction of the capital by selling white pine logs to the Federal government. He rafted "vast" amounts of old growth white pine down the Tioughnioga River, into the Chenango River, into the Susquehanna River and down to the Chesapeake Bay. To this day, some of our national buildings contain lumber grown in the Town of Triangle.

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

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Long Pond State Forest

Broome County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)

Gas, food, dining may be found in the nearby community of Whitney Point.

Lodging may be found in Cortland or Binghamton.

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.