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Cat Hollow State Forest

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Cat Hollow State Forest locator map

Cat Hollow State Forest covers 759 acres in Broome County. McMurray Road is 1.2 miles long and can be used for various recreational pursuits through the forest. The forest was acquired in 1964 using Bond Act funds and is named after cougars which roamed the area prior to 1900.

Featured Activities

Hiking

A fern frond catches the sunlight coming through the forest canopy
hiking

General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

McMurray Road is 1.2-miles long (off Woodford Road) and is used for multiple purposes including hiking.

Camping

primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

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.

Biking

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General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Fishing

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General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Fishing access information and fishing easement information for the area is available.

Hunting & Trapping

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trapping

Wildlife Management Unit: 4O

General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Snowmobiling

snowmobiling

General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

cross country skiing
snowshoeing

General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.

Horseback Riding

horseback riding

General information on horseback riding includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Proof of current negative Coggins certificate is required for all horses and out-of-state horse owners are required to produce a 30-day health certificate.

Wildlife

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Directions

Access to the forest is gained by traveling south from the village of Deposit on Oquaga Lake Road, and turning left onto Gillette Road. At the intersection with Woodford Road, the abandoned McMurray Road begins, and runs southeast through the forest. This old road runs along a feeder stream to the West Branch of the Delaware River, and passes an old farm foundation and a beaver pond. There is parking along Woodford Road and at the entrance to the forest along Gillette Road.

  • Woodford Road Parking Area (42.010912,-75.434089) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Cat Hollow State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Planning and Management

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Broome State Forests Unit Management Plan. In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural and human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at R7Forestry@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of Binghamton.

Broome County Tourism Webpage (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guidebooks 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.