Skyline Drive State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- Location: Kirkwood and Windsor, Broome County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 7S
- Map: View Skyline Drive State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (157 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Skyline Drive State Forest covers 533 acres and is ideal for passive recreation, such as hunting, trapping and fishing. No formal trails exist on the forest, but there is a Public Forest Access Road that winds across the ridge top of the forest, providing dramatic views of the Susquehanna River valley. One can hike this 2.3-mile road.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
There are no designated hiking trails but hiking is allowed anywhere on the property.
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
Hunting & Trapping
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 anywhere on the property.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
Many species of wildlife can be found on the Skyline Drive State Forest. White-tail deer and wild turkey are the two most popular game species. The forest provides excellent habitat for a wide variety of birds. Although fairly uncommon, black bear are occasionally sighted in southern Broome county, and are believed to visit the forest periodically.
Skyline Drive State Forest Skyline Drive State Forest can be accessed by traveling from NYS Route 11 to Grange Hall Road to Skyline Drive Public Forest Access Road. The Village of Kirkwood is only about 2 miles from the forest and the City of Binghamton is less than 10 miles away. There are five parking areas off of Skyline Drive, the access road through the forest.
Grange Hall Road intersection with public forest access road (42.0093783°N, 75.7421209°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.
How We Manage Skyline Drive State Forest
Skyline Drive 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. If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The topography on this forest is generally quite steep. Although the northernmost section of forest has rather gentle topography, the remainder of the forest has many steep slopes. Slopes of 35% are not uncommon, and slopes of 50% or more may be encountered while traversing this land. The highest elevation on the forest is 1729 feet, on a peak just off the east side of Skyline Drive. The lowest elevation is 1150 feet, along the south boundary in the western portion of the forest.
The forest cover on the Skyline Drive State Forest is predominantly oak species. Red oak, black oak, chestnut oak, and white oak can all be found on this forest. These trees are well adapted to the drier soils on the high elevations of the forest. The northern section of the forest, where more water is available, has a northern hardwood - hemlock mixture. There is also a wetland in this portion of the forest and a tributary to Trowbridge Creek. Several sections of the property have also been planted with conifer species such as red pine and Norway spruce. These plantations were established by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's.
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Broome County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)
Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Windsor 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.