Cascade Valley State Forest
Wetlands and Wildlife
Cascade Valley State Forest covers 533 acres and is located in the town of Windsor in Broome County. The forest was acquired in 1937 from one individual land owner. The forest is named for the tributary flowing through it which eventually flows into Cascade Creek. There are two wetlands on the property, both of which are beaver ponds. The first, a five-acre beaver pond which lies in the western portion of the forest, is next to Cascade Valley Road. The second wetland lies to the east of Cascade Road along the southern boundary of the forest. These wetlands areas attract a great variety of wildlife such as hawks, herons, ducks and geese.
Although there are no formal recreation trails on the forest, old logging trails offer scenic hiking. The forest contains a variety of cover types, from Red Pine plantations to Hemlock timber along the lowland stream corridors, to upland hardwoods. The elevation ranges from 1300 feet near the road to 1688 feet at the hilltop a half-mile to the east of the road.
For those willing to hike up the steep hill to the southeast, large mature hardwood timber can be seen growing near the layered stone outcrops. This recently thinned 100-acre natural stand has exceptionally high timber quality. These stands are scheduled for timber harvest and thinning to promote vigorous trees. Several over mature trees provide cavities for squirrels, owls, raccoons and fisher.
Cascade Valley 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. This plan protects areas in the forest which have special scenic or riparian values. Other areas are managed for multiple use, including timber. These stands are scheduled for harvest to promote vigorous trees, while maintaining other uses such as recreation, aesthetics and wildlife habitat.
Anyone enjoying the use of this State Forest must observe the following rules which protect them and the forest environment:
- Do not litter. Carry out wheat you carry in. Burying of refuse is prohibited.
- If you build a fire, do so with care and use wood from dead and downed trees only. Never leave a fire unattended. Three foot radius must be cleared around fire.
- All motorized vehicles are restricted to access roads posted as motor vehicle trails. Off road use of motorized vehicles, such as, trail bikes and four-wheel drives is not allowed, except where specifically permitted by signs, posted notice or by DEC Permit.
- Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of water, roads or trail.
- Permanent structures, including tree stands or blinds, are not allowed.
Access to the forest is gained by taking the E. Boskett Hill Road exit off of Route 17, and heading south. E. Boskett Hill Road turns into Cascade Valley Road. The state forest land begins about two miles from Route 17, and lies along both sides of Cascade Valley Road. There are two parking areas along Cascade Valley Road.
State Forest Office (M-F 8am-4pm): 607-674-4017
Forest Ranger (Law Enforcement/Emergencies): 607-648-6247775-3104
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: 518-408-5850