Beaver Flow State Forest
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 7 Sherburne Office: (607) 674-4017 M-F 8:00 am - 4 pm, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Town of Coventry (Chenango County) and the Town of Colesville (Broome County)
- Wildlife Management Unit: 7P
- Map: View Beaver Flow State Forest Map || || View Same Map in PDF (154KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Beaver Flow State Forest contains 1,028 acres. There is a short multiple use trail at the southwestern edge of the forest for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing/snowshoeing. There is a much longer hiking and snowmobile trail which runs from southeast to northwest.
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
There is a short multiple use trail at the southwestern edge of the forest for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing/snowshoeing. There is a much longer hiking and snowmobile trail which runs from southeast to northwest.
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 & 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.
As one would expect from the forest's name, beaver have had influences on the habitat in at least three different locations on the forest. As beaver activity routinely changes, the beaver pond sites will likely be at variable water levels. These beaver activity sites add great diversity to this forest, as many wildlife species are attracted to the ponds and meadows. Many species of ducks, herons, muskrats, raccoons, mink and deer are frequent visitors to the water sites of the beaver dams
Access to this forest is not easy from main roads as it is located in a remote area.
South of Coventry off State Route 235 is Seymour Hill Road. Go west on Seymour Hill Road, bear left at the Y, then take a left (south) onto Glendenning Road. This poorly maintained dead end road leads into the heart of the forest. (42.240185°N, 75.658428°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
Another access route on the eastern side of the forest is to take Mendenhall Road off Route 235. Access from the south end of the forest is about one mile up Skellett Road from State Route 79. (42.240387°N, 75.637882°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
The southern tip of the forest abuts on Glendenning Road. However the property immediately drops off down a hill to the north and there are no good pull offs or parking areas.
An old abandoned town road heads north off the intersection of Skellett and Glendenning Road. This road is a property boundary line until just north of the stream.
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 Beaver Flow State Forest
Beaver Flow 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 forests is a blend of man planted forests of red pine, white pine, larch and Norway spruce and natural forests consisting mostly of red maple, American beech, sugar maple, black cherry, white ash, white pine and eastern hemlock. The forest are characterized as middle aged because the land is relatively gentle and had been cleared for agriculture or pasture land. Most of the forest is in plantations or pole sized young red maple stands.
An old cemetery dating back to the 1800s is located about 1/10th of a mile east of Glendenning Road. One must bushwhack to find it.
If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at email@example.com.
Nearby Amenities and Attractions
Broome County Tourism Webpage (Leaves DEC website)
Information regarding where to find amenities:
Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of Chenango Bridge.
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.