Skinner Hill State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 7 Sherburne Office: (607)-674-4017 M-F 8 am- 4 pm, email email@example.com
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Sherburne, Columbus, New Berlin in Chenango County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 7P
- Map: View Skinner Hill State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (260 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Skinner Hill State Forest is 1,666 acres There are no formal trails on the forest. Popular activities are limited to fishing, hunting, trapping and nature photography/observation. Due to its elongated shape, Skinner Hill is also an easily accessible forest to reach, with many local roads crisscrossing the property. A variety of old logging roads, as well as newer skid roads, provide paths for hiking, or hunting. There are two parking areas; one along Skinner Hill Road and one along Warren Road.
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
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
The landscape is diverse and provides an ideal opportunity for wildlife habitat, making it popular spot for hunting and wildlife viewing. Two trout streams pass through the forest, both tributaries of Great Brook. In some places, beavers have taken up residence along these streams, creating small ponds and pools. Waterfowl can be found in abundance in these locations. White-tailed deer, Wild Turkey, and Ruffed Grouse are among a few of the game species to be found here. For those people who enjoy trapping, these wetland areas are home to an abundance of small mammals
From State Highway 8 in the Village of New Berlin, head west at the traffic light on King Settlement Road (County Route 29). After passing a pig farm, a State Forest parking area is on your right.
Skinner Hill Road and informational kiosk (42.645316°N, 75.425435°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Warren Road (42.641383°N, 75.405673°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 Skinner Hill State Forest
Skinner Hill State Forest is part of the Between Rivers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skinner Hill State Forest is an oddly shaped forest located on old farm lands once plowed by its namesake, the Skinner family. You will find a mixture of Spruce and Pine Plantations, natural growing Hardwoods, open fields, and wetland areas growing across the forest. Across the length of the forest are remnants of the history of the area. Stone walls, old stone bridges, foundations, and even a Root Cellar used to hide escaped slaves during the time of the Underground Railroad can be found on the property.
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Chenango County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)
Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Norwich and Sherburne.
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.