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Rocky Outcropping at Cascade Valley

Cascade Valley State Forest covers 533 acres in Broome County. A multiple use recreation trail runs east to west through the middle of the forest to the east of Cascade Valley Road. 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.

Featured Activities



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


primitive camping

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.


mountain biking

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

Hunting & Trapping


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



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

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

cross country skiing

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.

Horseback Riding

horseback riding

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.

There are two wetlands on the property, both of which are beaver ponds. The first, a five-acre beaver pond is located in the western portion of the forest, next to Cascade Valley Road. The second wetland lies to the east of Cascade Road along the southern boundary of the forest. These wetlands also attract a great variety of wildlife such as hawks, herons, ducks and geese


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.

North Cascade Valley parking area (42.035586 °N, 75.572919°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

South Cascade Valley pull off (42.028129°N, 75.572941°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.

All users of Cascade Valley 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.

How We Manage Cascade Valley State Forest

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.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email

Field Notes

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 1,300 feet near the road to 1,688 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.

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.