Bobell State Forest
- Primitive Camping
- Cross County Skiing
- Hunting, Wildlife Management Unit 7P
- Horseback Riding
- Mountain Biking
- Nature Photograph/Observation
Hunting, hiking and horse back riding are the most common recreational activities undertaken in this forest. There is a short multiple use trail on the forest as well as a longer hiking trail that doubles as a snowmobile trial in the winter. The contrasts of forest cover types and numerous points of access make exploring this rural county area interesting and relatively easy.
Bobell State Forest, is located in the Towns of Coventry and Greene in Chenango County. The forest contains 2156 acres. The forest was purchased with Hewitt Amendment funds in the 1930's and most of the trees were planted by the Civil Conservation Corps during the 1930's.
The forest was named after early settlers named Bobell or Bowbell. The soils proved to be somewhat poor for farming, having shallow depths to hard pan and a tendency to be seasonably wet. These soil characteristics still present challenges to some forest management and recreational activities.
The State Forest is a blend of man planted forests of red pine, Scotch pine, larch and Norway spruce and natural forest stands consisting mostly of red maple, American beech, sugar maple, black cherry, red and white oaks, white ash, hickories, white pine and eastern hemlock. The forests are characterized as middle aged or relatively young as most of the land is relatively gentle and was cleared and used for agriculture crops or pasture land into the early 1900's.
Within the forests are numerous small streams which are the headwaters to Page and Wiley Brooks. They are not big enough to support a fishery, but can be a pleasant shady cool spot on a hot summer day
Many wildlife species are attracted to the forest because of the nut crops produced by pockets of oak and hickory trees. Gray squirrels, turkey and deer are common residents. There are also some thick young forests resulting from forest management harvests that have provided brood, food and cover habitat for grouse, many song birds and other species requiring young forests. Bobell Hill 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.
State Land Use Regulations (link leaves DEC website)
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 what 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.
- All motorized vehicles are restricted to access roads posted as motor vehicle trails. Off road use of motorized vehicles, such as ATVs, 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.
- No permanent structures should be established, including tree stands or blinds.
Bowbell Hill Road, a north south travel corridor, provides the primary access to the forest. Bowbell Hill Road can be found on the south side of State Route 206 east of Greene or intersecting with County Route 9 about two miles south of its intersection with State Route 206. Numerous town roads traverse through or about the forest area, making year around access to all corners of the forest relatively easy.
State Forest Office (M-F 8am-4pm): 607-674-4036
Forest Ranger (Law Enforcement/Emergencies): 607-648-6247
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: 518-408-5850