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Bumps Creek State Forest

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Bumps Creek State Forest is located to the northwest of the village of Afton. Three town roads, Tracy, Sprague, and Buckley Hill, provide easy access to the forest. There are no formal trails on this forest. Passive recreational activities such as fishing, hunting and nature observation are the most popular activities at Bumps Creek. The most common visitors to the forest are hunters and woodland hikers.

Featured Activities


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.

Bumps Creek Forest



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

Fishing Access information is available. Fishing Easement information is available.

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

Several types of raptors have been observed on the forest including northern goshawk, merlin, and the more common red-tailed hawk. Goshawks prefer the edges of mixed or coniferous forests, hunting medium-size birds in ambush attacks. By contrast the red-tailed hawk hunts mainly small mammals from a perch or by kiting. The small and very fast merlin catches insects and small birds in midair by level sprints, finishing with abrupt turns as the prey attempts escape. Each of these winged predators nests in and around the Bumps Creek area. Other common forest inhabitants include deer, grouse, bats, squirrels and other small mammals. Frogs, snakes, salamanders, toads, and many small birds including chickadees, wrens, jays, and various types of woodpeckers, can also be observed throughout the forest.


Take State Highway 206, east from Greene, or west from Bainbridge to Coventryville. Take State Highway 41 south a short distance to Buckley Hill Road, continue southward on Buckley Hill Road to intersections with Tracy Road and Sprague Road and the forest.

(42.29239°N, 75.592713°W) 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.

All users of Bumps Creek 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 Bumps Creek State Forest

Bumps Creek State Forest is part of the Chenango Trail 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.

Field Notes

The forest is dominated by planted forests of largely Red Pine, but also includes Larch, Jack Pine, White Pine, and Norway Spruce. These forest cover types comprise about seventy percent of the forest area and were largely planted by Civil Conservation Corps in the 1930's. Natural forest stands which consist mainly of Red Maple, Red Oak, American Beech, Black Cherry, White Ash, Sugar Maple, and Eastern Hemlock cover the rest of the area This is a long and narrow hillside forest, with springs and streams that furnish flow south and east into the Susquehanna River. Bumps Creek , a tributary in the southern portion of the forest, is the namesake for the forest.

Large areas of this forest were heavily impacted by weather events in the winter of 2003-2004. About 100 acres of forest was downed or damaged. Although most of the trees were salvaged for timber, these areas will show the effects both good and bad far into the future

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us info.r7@dec.ny.gov

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Chenango County Tourism Webpage (leaves DEC website)

Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Sidney or 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.

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