Cat Hollow State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- Location: Sanford, Broome County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 40
- Map: View Cat Hollow State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (1.28 MB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Cat Hollow State Forest covers 759 acres. McMurray Road, a 1.2-mile road, traverses the forest and can be used for various recreational pursuits. The area is ideal for passive recreation, such as hunting, bird watching and hiking. The forest was acquired in 1964 using Bond Act funds and is named after cougars which roamed the area prior to 1900.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. A 1.2-mile road through the forest (off Woodford Road) is used for multiple purposes including hiking.
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 biking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations
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 horseback riding includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & 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.
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 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 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)
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.
How We Manage Cat Hollow State Forest
Cat Hollow 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.
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.