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Albert J. Woodford Memorial State Forest

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The Albert J. Woodford Memorial Forest contains 2,664 acres, and as with most state forests, the majority of this land was pasture and cropland not so very long ago. Tassel Hill, located in the northern portion of the property, is the point of highest elevation in Oneida County. The state forest was created for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation and watershed protection. The portions of the roads that pass through this state forest are not plowed in winter.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

There are 2 miles of unnamed trails that are hiking only and run from north to south bisecting the property. There are an additional 1.75miles of snowmobile routes that may be hiked when seasonally appropriate. There are also multi-use trails and old skid trails from past timber harvesting operations and old farm lanes from long ago that make for an enjoyable walk.

Camping

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.

Paddling

paddling

General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

Chittning Pond and two smaller unnamed ponds provide great opportunities to get out on the water. There is a gravel hand launch located in the southwest corner of Chittning Pond.

Boating

boating

General information on boating includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations and lists of DEC boat launches by county

Gas powered motor boats are not allowed on Chittning Pond. Electric motors or self-propelled boats are allowed.

Fishing

fishing

General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations

The Chittning Pond Fishing Access Site is a popular area for fishermen of all levels. A newly built accessible fishing pier, with nearby parking, allows visitors of all abilities to enjoy the experience. Warm water species such as bass and sunfish are known to inhabit this pond.

There are 2 other ponds in this forest and are located on the north side of White Street in almost the center of the state forest. There is a small pull off and a short path leads to the eastern pond.

North Central NY Fishing provides information on fishing in the area and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.

Hunting & Trapping

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The busiest time of year for this forest is big game season. Deer hunters and grouse hunters also enjoy this area.

Snowmobiling

snowmobiling

General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

There is a .53-mile snowmobile trail that crosses the property. There is also a portion of the NYS Snowmobile Trail network that crosses the northern most portion of the property. The snowmobile trails in the area are groomed and maintained by the CNY Snow Travelers (leaves DEC website) through a volunteer stewardship agreement.

Wildlife

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Directions

The Chittning Pond Fishing Access Site is located on the north side of NYS Route 20, roughly half way between Bridgewater and Sangerfield.

From Bridgewater go north on NYS Route 8, veer left on to Mapledale Road at the fork. Take the first left onto Donley Road, then take the first right onto White Street. Proceed north, northwest 1.4 miles to the beginning of State Land.

From Waterville, pick up White Street on the south edge of town. Proceed east 2.8 miles to the beginning of State Land.

Parking Areas:

  • White Street Pond parking area (42.9187°N, 75.30052°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Tassell Hill parking area (42.94125°N, 75.31643°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Upper White Street parking area (42.9256°N, 75.31565°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Truck Trail parking area (42.927°N, 75.3008°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Fishing Access Site:

  • Chittning Pond parking area, fishing pier and boat launch (42.90902°N, 75.31544°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) 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 Albert J. Woodford Memorial 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.

Specific Rules

Mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and horseback riding are all permitted on the property, however, there are no currently maintained trails for these activities. Snowmobiling is prohibited outside of the dedicated trails on the property.

How We Manage Albert J. Woodford Memorial State Forest

DEC is developing a unit management plan (UMP) which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us information.r6@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

DEC Lands & Facilities

Information regarding where to find amenities:

  • Gas, dining opportunities, lodging, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Bridgewater, Sangerfield and Waterville.

Oneida County Tourism website (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

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.