Ambler State Forest
- primitive camping
- nature photography/observation
Ambler State Forest is situated on a hillside overlooking the Unadilla River valley, just west of the village of South New Berlin. The forest consists of 629 acres of State land. There are no formal trails in this forest, but there is a truck trail that extends into the forest. Activities are limited to fishing, hunting, trapping, primitive camping and nature observation.
The forest is a rich blend of native hardwoods and softwoods, as well as plantations of various softwood species planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) between 1932 and 1934. Upon entering the forest, evidence of the CCC's presence can be found in the form of a man-made well used for fire suppression along the east side of the truck trail that bisects the forest.
Due to the diverse habitats both within the State forest, and surrounding it, this forest contains a wealth of mammals, song birds, raptors and amphibians. The cathedral-like Norway spruce stands are ideal for Black capped chickadees, Golden crowned kinglets and both red and grey squirrels. The large stands of mixed hardwoods and softwood trees have been known to house nesting Goshawks. The open fields provide grazing areas for white tailed deer and cottontail rabbits, as well as hunting grounds for Red-tailed hawks and Kestrels.
Ambler State Forest is part of the Between Rivers Unit Management Plan, which is currently in draft format. 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. Three foot radius must be cleared around fire.
- 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.
To reach Ambler State Forest from the east, take State Route 8 to South New Berlin. Approximately one mile south of the intersection of State Routes 8 and 23, in the hamlet of Holmesville; turn onto Pat Farley Road, heading west. The State truck trail (formerly known as Eggart Hill Road) is roughly two miles further, on the right hand side. If approaching from the west, take County Route 34 from Norwich, for approximately six miles until you reach Pat Farley Road. The State truck trail is about a mile further on the left side of the road. When leaving Amblerville State Forest, visitors are greeted with a spectacular view of the Unadilla River valley; be sure to check it out!
State Forest Office (M-F 8am-4pm): 607-674-4036
Forest Ranger (Law Enforcement/Emergencies): 607-316-3291
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: 518-408-5850