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Pitcher Springs State Forest

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Pitcher Springs State Forest consists of 1,835 acres. There are no trails in this state forest but hiking is allowed anywhere on the property unless posted otherwise. Recreational activities consist of fishing, hunting, trapping, primitive camping, and nature photography/observation.

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campingGeneral 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.


fishingGeneral 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.

Pitcher Springs Evening Primrose

Hunting & Trapping

trapping hunting 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.

Some of the common wildlife species found on the forest include deer, turkey, red squirrels and coyotes. The diversity of forest conditions in this area also support a great variety of forest birds such as: broad-winged hawk, Cooper's hawk, hermit thrush, wood thrush, black-throated blue warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, mourning warbler, Canada warbler, and golden crowned-kinglet. Many of these birds can be seen or heard singing in the forest. The 4.5 miles of town roads through the forest provide easy access for stop-and-go roadside birding


The forest is located between State Route 26 to the north and State Route 23 to the south. Hakes-Calhoun Road, Kenney Road and Pitcher Springs Road are the primary town roads that provide easy access to the forest from the State highways. These are all gravel surfaced roads that are in suitable condition for travel by car or truck.

Pitcher Springs Road (42.5963825°N, 75.8092144°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 Pitcher Springs 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 Pitcher Springs State Forest

Pitcher Springs State Forest is part of the Pharsalia Woods 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.

This forest consists of conifer plantations intermixed with native hardwoods. The conifers sprawl across rolling hills in an area approximately two miles wide by three miles long. Over half of the forest consists of conifer plantations. These extensive plantations indicate the prevalence of land that was previously cleared for agricultural purposes. These farms were subsequently abandoned in the 1930's due to the poor soil conditions. Foundation sites from the homes and barns of this era can still be found on the forest. The conifer species include: red pine, white pine, Norway and white spruce and larch. These plantations are now maturing and are being periodically harvested. New, young seedlings of native hardwoods typically regenerate after harvesting the plantations. Common native hardwoods or conifers growing on the forest include: sugar and red maple, white ash, black cherry, beech, aspen, and hemlock.

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

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Chenango County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)

Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Cazenovia or Cortland.

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.

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