Otselic 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Otselic, Chenango County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 7M
- Map: View Otselic State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (205 Kb) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Otselic State Forest consists of 1,043 acres and is located on a hill top between State highway 26 and County highway 16 in the northwestern corner of Chenango County. Common recreational pursuits are hiking, hunting, fishing and trapping.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
A portion of the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) (leaves DEC website) traverses Otselic State. From the Otselic River the trail climbs 500 feet to reach the top of the hill, an elevation of 1,780 feet . The trail then proceeds south through the forest climbing to an elevation of 1,940 feet before exiting the forest as it crosses Warner Road. The FLT is marked by white trail markers and is for foot travel only.
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 snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
The unplowed Public Forest Access Road is used by snowmobilers in winter.
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 on all hiking trails.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
Otselic State Forest is best accessed by County Route 16. From Route 16, turn onto the Stage Road, then Warner Road. The forest may also be accessed by Warner Road from Rt. 26, however this requires traveling up a steep hill on Warner Road which is often in rough condition. As you approach the forest, you will see mature Norway spruce and then the State Forest identification sign. The DEC Public Forest Access Road (also known as Circle Rd.) will lead you through the forest for 3.3 miles to the end of the road.
Warner Road (42.662166°N, 75.7384078°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 Otselic State Forest
Otselic State Forest is part of the Northern Chenango Highlands 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 area is managed for wildlife habitat, timber production, outdoor recreation and watershed protection. This forested area is managed by DEC foresters for the sustainable production of timber. Trees are periodically harvested to be used for the production of hardwood and softwood lumber, utility poles, paper, log cabins and furniture. The management of this forest creates a variety of forest habitat conditions necessary for a diversity of wildlife. These conditions range from areas of young sapling size trees growing in recently cut areas to other areas of mature forest which will eventually develop into old growth.
The hill on which Otselic State Forest is located is known by a variety of names including: Truman Hill, Raider Hill and Partridge Ridge. Otselic State Forest is a mixture of red pine and Norway spruce plantations and native hardwoods. The pine and spruce plantations were mostly established in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The trees were planted on abandoned farm lands which were purchased for the creation of this state forest
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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 and Norwich
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.