Long Pond State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region Sherburne 7 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: Smithville, Chenango County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 7M
- Map: View Long Pond State Forest Map || View Same Map as a PDF (1.3 MB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
The 3,254-acre Long Pond State Forest offers a wide variety of habitats and recreational opportunities. The focal point of recreation in the Forest is 117-acre Long Pond.
Four miles of NYS snowmobile corridor trail pass through the forest. Several steel girded bridges have been constructed to enhance trail grooming. Snowmobilers, as well as hikers and equestrians, are welcome on the designated snowmobile trail during appropriate seasons. In addition, hunting for big and small game is a popular pursuit on the property. You can expect to encounter interesting terrain with many different plants and wildlife species.
General information on boating includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.
Long Pond State Forest features boating on Long Pond. A boat launching ramp and parking area are located off State Route 41 at the northwestern corner of the pond. Non-motorized and motorized boats of 25 horsepower or less are permitted on Long Pond.
General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
Long Pond State Forest features paddling opportunities on Long Pond. The state forest features a hard surface boat ramp at the northwestern corner of the pond and a beach launch site in the northeastern corner of the pond.
General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.
There are ten campsites around Long Pond each of which has a fireplace, parking pad and access to a community latrine. These ten camping sites around Long Pond are open all year on a first come, first serve basis. Camping is permitted at designated sites only. A day use area, with parking and picnic tables is located adjacent to the dam.
General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and regulations.
Chain pickerel, largemouth bass and tiger musky are the main game fish found in the Long Pond. Black crappie, yellow perch, bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish can also be found in the pond. Long Pond is also a very popular ice fishing location. A former State record Tiger musky was caught in Long Pond in 1983. Nearby Strong Brook and Pond Brook are trout streams that course through the forest. The 28-acre glacial Round Pond also has fish to tempt anglers. Long Pond is stocked annually with approximately 350 tiger musky. Statewide fishing regulations apply.
General information on hiking includes how to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations. The snowmobile trail on the forest can be used as a hiking trails during the off-season.
General information on horseback riding includes hot-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.
There is a short multiple use trail at the south end of Long Pond, and the snowmobile corridor trail can be used for horseback riding from May 1 to October 31.
Hunting & Trapping
Long Pond State Forest is open to hunting and trapping during appropriate seasons .
General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rues rules and regulations.
Long Pond State Forest features 4 miles of NYS snowmobile corridor trails. Several steel girded bridges have been constructed to enhance trail grooming. Snowmobilers, as well as hikers and equestrians, are welcome on the designated snowmobile trail during appropriate seasons.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
More than 400 acres of grass and brush land support breeding populations of two species of sparrows listed as special concern because their natural habitat is shrinking statewide. The Henslow sparrow and grasshopper sparrow both require large areas of grassland to survive. Management efforts continue to perpetuate this habitat. The bluebird, New York's official State bird, is also listed as a species of special concern because of habitat loss. Visitors will notice over two dozen strategically placed bluebird houses. These houses have attracted several nesting pairs.
A mature hardwood-hemlock forest is located south of Long Pond. This area, interspersed with wetlands, constitutes an area over 300 acres excluded from timber harvesting. The area contains large specimens of hemlock, some over 125 years old. Within this area, the threatened red-shouldered hawk nests. The birds utilize the wetlands when hunting for food and the mature hardwood forest for nesting. The hawk migrates back to the forest in early April, and can be seen soaring over Long Pond.
To access the Long Pond State Forest, take State Highway 41 East from Cincinnatus, or West from Greene. The fishing access site is located on this route.
NYS Route 41 features a six parking areas in Long Pond State Forest all within a mile of each other. The Boat Launch Parking Area is the farthest west. (42.422495°N, 75.851064°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Round Pond Road Pull-off Parking Area is located on Round Pond Road east of its intersection with Marvin Road. (42.399858°N, 75.848532°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Tarbell Road features 2 Parking Areas:
- A pull-off near its intersection with State Road, south of long pond (42.414925°N, 75.844617°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
- In the southeastern corner of the state forest (42.407281°N, 75.821798°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Nelson Road Pull-off is located in the northeastern corner of the state forest. (42.438495°N, 75.821595°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
State Land Use Regulations (link leaves DEC website)
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 Long Pond State Forest
Long Pond State Forest is part of the Long Pond 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. A copy of the UMP is available at the Lands and Forests Office in Sherburne.
Over a thousand acres of the forest were originally purchased in the 1930's, using funds from the Hewitt Amendment. Old farm fields were reforested to white pine and spruce. Native species of American beech, black cherry, white ash, sugar and red maple and eastern hemlock can be found. An additional 2200 acres was purchased in 1963 from the Tarbell estate.
The Tarbell family ownership dated back to 1875, when Eli Tarbell purchased 500 acres around Long Pond. A water driven sawmill and dam was erected on the Pond. Hemlock from the surrounding forest was sawn there. In 1903, the Tarbells began purchasing dairy cows. During the 1940's and 1950's, the farm flourished as a model of efficiency. The farm employed 35 people, maintained 445 purebred Guernsey cows and bottled 2800 quarts of milk daily. The "Golden Guernsey" milk was shipped by rail to many of New York City's finest restaurants. Explore the ruins of the Tarbell homestead during your visit.
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Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Gas, food and dining can be found in the nearby communities of Smithville Flats and Norwich.
Chenango County Tourism Office (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.
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 are little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.