Lincklaen 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: Lincklaen and Pitcher, Chenango County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 7M
- Map: View Lincklaen State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (281 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
The Lincklaen State Forest consists of 4,655 acres in the northwest corner of Chenango County. There are no formal trails on the forest but hiking is allowed anywhere unless posted otherwise. Dirt town roads provide access through Lincklaen State Forest. During the wet seasons of spring and fall they are often muddy and in the dry periods of the summer they are usually dusty. In the winter, access is restricted unless one chooses to travel by snowmobile or on foot since many of the roads are unplowed.
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.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
A sample of the wildlife species one might encounter on the Lincklaen State Forest include deer, turkey, grouse, coyotes, porcupines, red squirrels, mink, great blue herons, goshawks, pileated woodpeckers, and numerous species of song birds. Although forest songbirds can often be heard throughout the day, mornings and evenings are often the best times to see or hear them.
From County Route 13 in DeRuyter, take County Route 12 south through the hamlet of Lincklean. The first left hand turn is Factory Gulf Road which will take you directly into the forest. Several town roads traverse the forest including: Johnson, Hyer, Upham, Murry, and Freeman. Most are unplowed in the winter.
Factory Gulf Road (42.6810067°N, 75.8496884°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 Lincklaen State Forest
Lincklaen 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. If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us email@example.com.
The land on which the state forest exists was purchased by the State beginning in the 1930's. At the time of acquisition, the land contained a mix of old agricultural fields and hardwood forests. Spruce and pine trees were planted on the open lands soon after their acquisition. This mixture of conifer plantations and hardwoods are a distinguishing feature of state forests. State forests are managed for wildlife conservation, timber production, watershed protection and outdoor recreation.
New York's state forests provide a sustainable source of high quality wood products. Timber harvesting takes place on a regular basis to thin the trees or to regenerate forest areas. The trees removed from the forest provide an important source of raw materials for local and out-of-state industries which produce lumber, log cabins, utility poles, furniture, paper, and other wood products.
The forest contains a series of parallel ridges interrupted by stream drainages which flow south into the Otselic River. As soon as the winter's snow melts, spring wildflowers begin to push their way up through the leaf litter. By mid May, the spring flowers are in full bloom and the trees have leafed out.
As the cooler temperatures of fall arrive, the leaves begin to change color. Peak fall foliage usually occurs around the second week of October. Vivid colors of the maples, ash and aspen contrast with the dark greens of the conifers.
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Chenango County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)
Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of 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.