Pine Ridge 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, Chenango County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 7P
- Map: View Pine Ridge State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (123 Kb) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Pine Ridge is a small forest of 274 acres. There are no trails in the forest but hiking is allowed anywhere on the property unless posted otherwise. Popular activities include fishing, hunting, trapping, nature photography/observation and primitive camping.
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.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
Pine Ridge State Forest can be reached by traveling East on State Route 80 out of the village of Sherburne for approximately two miles. Take a right onto New Turnpike Road, and continue for about another mile until you reach Kendricks Road, where you take another right hand turn. The state forest is immediately on your left, and will be on both sides of the road after the private land ends on the west side.
Kendricks Road parking area (42.67564°N, 75.444685°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 Pine Ridge State Forest
Pine Ridge 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.
Pine Ridge consists of mainly Red Pine and Larch plantations. Small pockets of northern hardwoods, such as Sugar Maple, White Ash, and Red Oak, can be found scattered throughout the forest. A small, quarter acre pond is located in the western part of the forest, with a stream flowing from it to the south. The terrain can be quite challenging in places, hence the name "Pine Ridge".
Evidence of experimental thinning methods can be found throughout the forest, representing DEC's continuing effort to best manage our forest resource. This forest was chosen as a model for these thinnings because of its many plantations. Also, close inspection of the pockets of Sugar Maple trees will reveal signs of having been tapped for maple syrup in days gone by.
During the early 1940's, as the story goes, a landowner in the town of Sherburne by the name of Boos decided to plant trees on his property so that when they matured he could pay for his daughters to go to college. Unfortunately, he failed to realize that trees can take a long time to mature, and by the time his daughters were of college age, the trees were still too small to be of any real monetary value. So, at the beginning of the 1960's, the family sold their land to New York State, and this land became Pine Ridge State Forest.
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Chenango County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)
Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of 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.