Bobell State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 7 Office: (607) 674-4017 M-F 8 am- 4 pm, email email@example.com
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Coventry and Green, Chenango County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 7P
- Map: View Bobell State Forest Map || View Same Map in PDF (236 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Bobell State Forest contains 2,156 acre.s Hunting, hiking and horseback riding are the most common recreational activities in this forest. There is a short multiple use trail as well as a longer hiking trail that doubles as a snowmobile trail in the winter. The contrasts of forest cover types and numerous points of access make exploring this rural area interesting and relatively easy.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. The property includes a hiking trail that is used for snowmobiling in the winter and a short multiple use trail.
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
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. 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.
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.
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.
Bowbell Road Parking (42.304983°N, 75.68715°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Wylie Horton Road Parking Area (42.280483°N, 75.674464°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Palmiter Road/Babcock Road Multiple Use Trail Parking (42.261382°N, 75.701536°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 Bobell State Forest
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.
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 forest 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.
If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Chenango County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)
Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Greene and 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.