Beaver Flow State Forest
- Primitive Camping
- Nature Photography/Observation
There are hiking and snowmobile trails on this forest. Primitive camping (pitch a tent, no facilities) and bush-whacking are also available. Hunting, nature photograph/observation and trapping are also possible.
Beaver Flow State Forest, also known as Broome-Chenango Reforestation Area # 1, is 1028 acres of State land located along the southern boundary of the Town of Coventry in Chenango County and the northern edged of the Town of Colesville in Broome County.
Purchased with Hewitt Amendment funds in the 1930's, the State Forests are 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.
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.
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.The most common visitors to this forest are hunters and snowmobilers. Beaver Flow State Forest is a treasure to its neighbors.
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.
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.
Access to this forest is not easy from main roads as it is located in a remote area. Within the forest are two abandoned roads and a few old logging trails. The best access is from the north. 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. 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. 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 the eastern state boundary line until one is north of the stream
State Forest Office (M-F 8am-4pm): 607-674-4036
Forest Ranger (Law Enforcement/Emergencies): 607-648-6247
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: 518-408-5850Emergencies: 911