Marsh Pond State Forest
Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- Location: Sanford, Broome County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 4O
- Map: View Marsh Pond State Forest Map || View Same Map as a PDF (668 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
There are no formal trails in this state forest but hiking is allowed anywhere unless posted otherwise. While there are 893 beautiful acres of forest land in Marsh Pond, most people stick to the water's edge. The area is ideal for passive recreation, such as hunting, bird watching and fishing.
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.
There are also two primitive camping sites near Marsh Pond from which campers can look out at turtles, warblers, water lilies and blue flag flowers.
General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations
Marsh Pond, which supports a large mat of floating sphagnum moss, provides anglers with an excellent opportunity to catch small fish, primarily brown bullhead.
Hunting & Trapping
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
Access to the forest is gained by traveling south on Marsh Road or by traveling north on Bryce Road. These two roads meet at the north end of Marsh Pond. There are three parking areas along Marsh Pond Road and two parking areas along Bryce Road.
Intersection of Marsh Pond Road and Bryce Road (42.1216667°N, 75.5403902°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 Marsh Pond State Forest
Marsh Pond State Forest is part of the Broome State Forests 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The forest contains a wide array of different cover types. The types include Northern Hardwood, Northern Hardwood-Hemlock, and Oak. 109 acres of the forest were logged for timber in 2005. Additional acres will be lumbered in 2018 and 2020. The elevation of the forest ranges from 1500 to over 1800 feet above sea level.
Marsh Pond State Forest was acquired in two separate land purchases in 1932 and 1933.. The southeastern section of the forest contains a stream and mixed stands of hardwood and hemlock, but the highlights of the woods at Marsh Pond State Forest are on the western side of Bryce Road. Roadside and at the top of the steep slope are impressive stands of mature white ash and hemlock which will be protected as natural areas. Since there has been no timber harvesting in recent decades, these areas are beginning to acquire many old growth characteristics. Such stands are becoming increasingly rare in the landscape.
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Broome County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)
Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of Binghamton
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.