Triangle State Forest
- primitive camping
- nature photography/observation
The 661 acre Triangle State Forest is located in the Town of Triangle, Broome County. 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. However, 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.
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. This area boasts high quality white pine, and as a result, has a place in our nation's history.
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.
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. Forest management has created some ideal habitat for ruffed grouse.
The Triangle State Forest is a diverse hilltop among the farm fields in Northeastern Broome County. 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.
Anyone enjoying the use of this State Forest must observe the following rules which protect them and the forest environment:
- Do not litter. Carry out what you carry in. Burying of refuse is prohibited.
- If you build a fire, do so with care and use wood from dead and downed trees only. Never leave a fire unattended.
- All motorized vehicles are restricted to access roads posted as motor vehicle trails. Off road use of motorized vehicles, such as ATVs, trail bikes and four-wheel drives is not allowed, except where specifically permitted by signs, posted notice or by DEC permit.
- Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of water, roads or trail.
- No permanent structures should be established, including tree stands or blinds.
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.
State Forest Office (M-F am-4 pm): 607-674-4017
Forest Ranger (Law Enforcement/Emergencies): 607-648-6247
DEC State Forest Ranger Dispatch: 518-408-5850