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Muller Hill State Forest

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Muller Hill State Forest locator map

Muller Hill State Forest is comprised of 3,090-acres and includes diverse terrain and habitats. More than 7.5 miles of forest access roads provide seasonal access for snowmobilers and cross country skiers in winter.

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

A section of the Link Trail (leaves DEC website) passes through the western part of the forest and is used by hikers. The Link Trail is a marked hiking trail that links to the Finger Lakes Trail and with the Erie Canal Towpath.


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.

Fishing Access information is available. Fishing Easement information is available.

Hunting & Trapping


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

Blackeyed Susan at Muller Hill State Forest



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

Cross-country Skiing & 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.


General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Large areas of seedling-saplings are present, contributing to habitat preferred by ruffed grouse.


From State Highway 26, turn west onto Chenango County Highway 16. Drive approximately 1 mile to the entrance to the State Forest access road. Alternatively one can start from Georgetown and turn west onto Muller Hill Road north of the Otselic Valle School (which is located along Route 80 in the hamlet of Georgetown).

Muller Hill Road (42.7700681°N, 75.7876202°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 Muller Hill State Forest 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 Muller Hill State Forest

Muller Hill State Forest is part of the Muller Hill 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.

The forest contains the historical site of the home of Louis A. Muller, a French noblemen who settled here in 1808 when he ostensibly fled the wrath of Napoleon. Not much remains of the home.

The forest has a mixture of well-drained and poorly-drained soil. The forest cover types on Muller Hill State Forest include pure northern hardwoods (beech, birch, maple, oak, cherry, ash, and basswood), and mixtures of northern hardwoods with several species of conifers. The conifers include red pine, Norway spruce and hemlock. Large portions of this forest were planted with conifer species. All of the red pine and Norway spruce trees on the forest where planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC's) in the late 1930s. About 30% of the forest is comprised of hemlock and hemlock-hardwood mixtures. Eastern hemlock is a native conifer and occurs naturally on the forest.

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Madison County Tourism (Leaves DEC website)

Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of Cazenovia.

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.