Cascade Valley State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- Location: Windsor (Broome County)
- Wildlife Management Unit: 40
- Map: View Cascade Valley State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (151 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Cascade Valley State Forest covers 533 acres. 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.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
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
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
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 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 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.
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.
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.