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Bobell State Forest

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Bobell State Forest is comprised of 2,156 acres. Hunting, hiking, and horseback riding are the most common recreational activities. 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.

Featured Activities



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.


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.

Purple Flower at Bobell State Forest


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.

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.

All users of Bobell 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 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 1930s and most of the trees were planted by the Civil Conservation Corps during the 1930s. 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.

Field Notes

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 since most of the land has a relatively gentle slope 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.

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

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.

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