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Tracy Creek State Forest

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Tracy Creek State Forest covers 512 acres. Although no formal trails exist on the forest, access through the woods is good due to extensive trails created by loggers. These unmarked, unmaintained trails are used for hiking, cross country skiing, horseback riding and mountain biking.

The forest was purchased in 1933 from several different landowners and is named for Tracy Creek which flows north from near the forest to the Susquehanna River. For over twenty years, the upland hardwoods have been thinned by firewood sales to promote timber growth.

Featured Activities


primitive camping

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

Atlarge 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.

Monarch Butterfly in Tracy Creek State Forest

Fishing Access information for the area is available.

Fishing Easement information for the area is available.

Hunting & Trapping


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


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

There is a scenic, two-acre wetland along the southeast boundary of the forest. This area is a good place to see geese, ducks, beaver, herons and other wetland wildlife species.


Access to the forest is gained by traveling south from Ross Corners along Tracy Creek Road for about three miles. Tracy Creek Road turns into Collins Road which runs through the forest before entering Pennsylvania. The forest also fronts on Crumm Road which runs west into Tioga County. There are four parking pull-offs in the forest, two along Collins Road and two along Crumm Road.

  • Crumm Road western pull-off (42.012068°N, 76.099917°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Collins Road pull-off closer to Oconnell Road (42.006481°N, 76.083145°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.

All users of Tracy Creek 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 Tracy Creek State Forest

Tracy Creek State Forest is part of the Broome State Forests 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. The plan schedules forest product sales for some forest stands, while protecting other areas which have special scenic, riparian or wildlife values.

The forest contains a wide array of different cover types. The types include northern hardwood, northern hardwood-hemlock, northern hardwood-white pine, oak, red pine and Norway spruce. The elevation of the forest ranges from 1,200 to 1,850 feet above sea level.

The south boundary of the forest runs for a quarter of a mile along the New York - Pennsylvania Border. A roadside stand of planted Norway spruce along Crumm Road provides great winter cover for wildlife.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Broome County Tourism Webpage (leaves DEC website)

Gas, food, dining, and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Vestal, Owego and 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.