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Oakley Corners State Forest

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Oakley Corners State Forest locator map

Oakley Corners State Forest is located in eastern Tioga County. Popular activities on this forest include: hunting, boating, hiking, fishing, bird watching, primitive camping, cross-county skiing and snowshoeing.

There are two ponds on the forest that receive heavy recreational use in the form of fishing, camping and boating. Target shooting is prohibited on this forest.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hikingGeneral information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

The Oakley Corners State Forest Multiple Use Trial System has been designed to offer family-based recreation for hiking, mountain biking and cross-county skiing. Trails are available to serve beginners, intermediate and advanced users. Horseback riding and snowmobiling are not permitted on the Multiple Use Trails.

The 13 mile Oakley Corners Multiple Use Trail System is a cooperative effort between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Lands and Forests, and volunteers from the Volunteer Stewardship Program.

The trails are marked with circular trail markers. All trails are designated by color and number. The trails are classified by user ability. Beginner trails have very gentle slopes and are fairly short in length. Intermediate trails have gentle to somewhat steep slopes and are moderate in length. Advanced trails have gentle to steep slopes and some sections with difficult side slopes. These trails are usually longer in length than intermediate trails.

South/Yellow Trails
Trial 1- beginner trail 1.9 miles long
Trail 2- intermediate trail 1.1 miles long
Trail 3- beginner trail 0.2 miles long
Trail 4 -beginner trail 0.7 miles long
Trail 5- beginner trail 0.9 miles long
Trail 6- advanced trail 1.1 miles long
Trail 7- intermediate trial 0.3 miles long

The south/Yellow trails are 6.2 miles in length and have higher elevations than the north/blue trails. Most yellow trails are above 1400 feet in elevation. Therefore these trails are probably best suited for cross-county skiing.

North/Blue Trails
Trail 1- intermediate trail 1 mile long
Trail 2- advanced trail 1.5 miles long
Trail 3 -advanced trail 0.7 miles long
Trail 4- advanced trail 1.6 miles long
Trail 5- intermediate trail 1.1 mile long
Trail 6- intermediate trail 1 mile long

There are two ATV routes for persons with a DEC issued permit from the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD).

Camping

primtiive camping General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

At-large primitive camping is permitted in the state forest but must be at least 150 feet from any road, trail or body of water.

Paddling

canoe or kayakingGeneral information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. There are two ponds on the forest that can be used for fishing or for non-motorized boats (no boat launch).

Biking

mountain bikingGeneral information on biking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. The multiple use trail on the forest is open for biking. Mountain bikes are prohibited on trails when snow covered.

Fishing

fishingGeneral information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations.

The only water body which has been surveyed for fish species is Oakley Corners Pond. It has tiger muskellunge, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, white sucker, golden shiner.

Fishing access information is available. Fishing easement information is available.

Hunting & Trapping

hunting trapping General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations

Snowmobiling

General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations .

There is a north/south snowmobile trail on the state forest.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

snowshoeing cross country skiing 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.

Wildlife

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state. The habitat diversity on the Unit allows for a moderate diversity of wildlife species including many game species. Deer, turkey, song birds, grouse, and squirrels are numerous. Black bear are becoming more common.

Accessible Features

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.
There are two sections of trails that can be accessed with an ATV if one has a mobility impairment and has a permit from the DEC. One trail is in the north part of the forest and a shorter trail is in the southern portion of the forest along the western shore of the northern pond. ATV use is prohibited on State forests except on designated ATV routes with a DEC issued permit for individuals with qualifying mobility impairments through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD).

Directions

Oakley Corners can be accessed via Dutch town Road which runs east and west across the middle of the forest. Another access road is the Hullsville Road which approaches the forest from the south and intersects with Dutchtown Road at about the mid-point of the forest.

Hullsville Road north of Dutchtown Road parking area (42.176303°N, 76.155571°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Hullsville Road south of Dutchtown Road parking area (42.168927°N, 76.161763°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace 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 Oakley Corners State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follows all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Horseback riding and snowmobiling are not permitted on the Multiple Use Trails. Mountain bikes are prohibited from snow covered trails.

Trail Etiquette

  • Pass only in flat areas. A faster trail user should vocally indicate the desire to pass. The slower trail user should yield by moving to the right where possible.
  • Try not to pass on a downhill. Save passing for the flat areas where the slower trail user can maneuver more easily.
  • The user going downhill has the right-of-way, since he or she is moving faster and may have less control. Do not descend a hill until the trail is clear.
  • Move off the trail as quickly as possible after a fall. This will prevent possible collisions and allow other trail users to pass. When skiing, fill in sitzmarks before proceeding.
  • Don't hike, bike or ski alone. Long tours should not be attempted alone. Serious injury can occur when using the trails.
  • Do not hike or bike in the ski tracks.

How We Manage Oakley Corners State Forest

Oakley Corners State Forest is part of the Tioga 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

DEC foresters are charged with the responsibility of managing State forests. The goal of management is to provide recreational opportunities, to maintain a healthy forest ecosystem, and to improve the forest for future generations. This is a work in progress that started in 1933 with poorly used and/or abandoned farmland. We now have a rich and diverse forest. Future forest management will be aimed at converting the even-aged softwood plantations to more natural mixed hardwood and softwood forests

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us info.r7@dec.ny.gov

History

The forest was established between 1933 and 1947 in an effort to reduce soil erosion problems, produce forest products, and provide future recreational opportunities. Most of the property was former pasture or tilled acreage that was suffering from poor agricultural practices. The DEC immediately planted this land with 837,000 pine, spruce, cedar and larch seedlings. The planting was accomplished in 1936 using Civilian Conservation Crops labor. Today Oakley Corners State Forest is fulfilling the vision which started in 1933. Almost 100% of the area is forested, the soils have been improved, and the harvesting of forest products supports all management activities including recreation

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Tioga County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)

Gas, food, dining and lodging can be found in the nearby community of Owego.

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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