Hawkins Pond State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- Location: Windsor, Broome County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 7S
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Hawkins Pond State Forest covers 539 acres. There is an extensive cross country ski trail on the forest which adjoins Hawkins Pond County Park. The ski trail continues into the county property. The forest is named after Hawkins Pond, located on the adjacent county park.
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.
While there is no place to fish in Hawkins Pond State Forest, the adjoining Hawkins Pond County Park (leaves DEC website) offers fishing at Hawkins Pond. Fishing access information for the area is available. Fishing easement information for the area is available.
Hunting & Trapping
Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
There are numerous cross country skiing trails on the forest. They connect to cross-county skiing and snowshoeing at Hawkins Pond County Park (leaves DEC website).
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 Route 79 South from the village of Windsor. After three miles, turn right onto Edson Road, go two miles and turn left onto Scouten Hill Road. At the top of the hill, turn right onto Mcallester Road and find a parking area on your left.
The parking area is a trailhead for a cross-country ski trail located on both state and county land, and is about six miles in length. Another trailhead is located to the south along Scouten Hill Road on the county park land.
(42.0141769,-75.6567758) 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.
How We Manage Hawkins Pond State Forest
Hawkins 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. The plan schedules timber harvests for some stands, while protecting other areas which have special scenic or riparian values. If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at email@example.com.
The forest was acquired in three purchases. The first, in 1932, was the largest purchase with the acquisition of 506 acres of land. In 1997 another 30 acres were obtained and in 1998 three acres were added to the forest. The forest contains a wide array of different forest cover types. The types include Northern Hardwood, Northern Hardwood-Hemlock, Northern Hardwood-White Pine, Oak, Red Pine and Norway Spruce. The elevation of the forest ranges from 1350 to 1750 feet.
Scouten Hill Road crosses through the northeastern section of the forest. Here one can see a plantation of mixed Red Pine and Norway Spruce timber. After three treatments, this 44-acre stand of 70 year-old evergreens is one of the most impressive in the county. Mcallester Road passes through a central portion of the forest. At the sharp bend in this road a shaled state forest haul road begins. A quarter-mile walk up the road leads to a stand of mixed hardwood saplings about ten years old. The Red pine overstory was removed in 1990, creating a dense cover for many wildlife species. By following the logging trail downhill less than half a mile, one comes to a 10-acre wetland. This remote area is a good place to spot hawks, herons, and many other wetland wildlife species.
Also beginning at the sharp bend in Mcallester Road, an old town road heads downhill to the north. After a short 100-yard walk down this road, look for the old stone foundation of a large dairy barn on the left. The ski trail also runs next to the foundation.
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.