Coventry State Forest
Alert: The motorized access trail for people with disabilities on Coventry State Forest on the east side of North Road will be closed from October 12, 2015 to December 31, 2015 to accommodate logging activity. The trail on the west side of North Road will remain open.
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 7 Sherburne Office: (607)-674-4017 M-F 8 am- 4 pm, email email@example.com
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Coventry, Chenango County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 7P
- Map: View Coventry State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (217 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Long a favorite among the hunting community, Coventry State Forest offers 1,156 acres of diverse landscape, and the opportunities for recreation are boundless. The forest also has a hiking trail that doubles as a snowmobile trail in the winter. Passive activities like fishing and nature photography are also possible. Old roads and logging trails wind their way through the northern part of the forest and are ideal for the hiker or cross-country skier. The east side of the forest can be accessed off of Owlville Road.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
Besides the formal hiking trail, there are unmarked informal trails which veer off of Harvey Road going both north and south.
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 snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
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.
An open marsh can be found just off the North Road, along with all the waterfowl that inhabit it.
Beavers have been busy creating a marshland in the southeast corner of the forest and are sure to be seen hard at work.
General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.
Coventry State Forest has two accessible trails for people with mobility impairments. These allow individuals who normally would not be unable to enjoy the forest to access the woods and fields. For details on obtaining an access permit through the Motorized Access Program for People With Disabilities (MAPPWD), as well as details of trail locations, please contact the Sherburne DEC office at 607-674-4017.
From the west, travel east on Route 206 from the village of Greene. Either turn left at the four corners in the village of Coventry onto North Road, or take the next left onto Owlville Road. The forest will begin about a mile and a half up each road. From the east, take County Route 206 from the village of Bainbridge, pass through the hamlet of Coventryville and turn right onto Owlville Road, or North Road.
GPS coordinates for trailheads, parking areas, boat launches, waterway access sites and other access points. (42.340014°N, 75.638201°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 Coventry State Forest
Coventry State Forest is part of the Chenango Trail 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 northern part of the forest is comprised of Norway spruce and Japanese Larch plantations, with a few hardwood stands mixed in. Following these trails, one ends up at a hardwood/hemlock swamp, which is ideal habitat for all kinds of wildlife.
In the western part of the forest one can see the results of a recent timber harvest in which the declining red pine trees were removed to make way for natural hardwoods. Deer need these young saplings for browsing in the harsh wintertime, and ruffed grouse rely on this type of cover for protection from predators. Scattered amongst the now vigorous hardwood saplings are acres of blackberry bushes.
Bisecting the center of the forest is Harvey Road. As one travels down this dead end road, beautiful stands of mixed red pine and Norway spruce tower to either side. Lush ferns and Norway spruce seedlings provide a green carpet beneath the forest canopy. One can follow Harvey Road north, at its intersection with the State Forest, and enter into a hemlock swamp reminiscent of pre-historic times. Following the property line to the south and then to the east will bring the avid adventurer to one of two small ponds located on the forest. Be sure to respect the rights of the private landowners that border our State lands and keep within the State forest boundaries.
If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Chenango County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)
Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Norwich and Greene.
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.