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Camping Suspensions on State Lands

Due to COVID-19, DEC will temporarily stop issuing permits for backcountry camping for groups of 10 or more, and for more than 3 days at one location on state lands.

DEC has also temporarily suspended all overnight camping at the following facilities:

Region 3- Lower Hudson Valley

  • Peekamoose Valley Camping Areas - Lower, Middle, Upper, and Trailer Fields (Sundown Wild Forest, Town of Denning, Ulster County)

Region 4- Capital Region/Northern Catskills

  • Spruce Grove Camping Area (Bear Spring Mountain Campground, Catskill Forest Preserve, Town of Downsville, Delaware County)

Region 6- Western Adirondacks/Upper Mohawk Valley/Eastern Lake Ontario

  • Otter Creek Horse Trail (Independence River State Forest, Town of Glenfield, Lewis County)

Region 7- Central New York

  • Long Pond Camping Area (Long Pond State Forest, Town of Smithville, Chenango County)
  • Balsam Pond Camping Area (Balsam Swamp State Forest, Town of Pharsalia, Chenango County)
  • Hunt's Pond Camping Area (Hunt's Pond State Forest, Town of New Berlin, Chenango County)
  • Stoney Pond Camping Area (Stoney Pond State Forest, Town of Nelson, Madison County)
  • Cherry Ridge Camping Area (Charles E. Baker State Forest, Town of Brookfield, Madison County)
  • The Assembly Area (Charles E. Baker State Forest, Town of Brookfield, Madison County)
  • Moscow Hill Camping Area (Charles E. Baker State Forest, Town of Brookfield, Madison County)
  • Spruce Pond Camping Area (Morgan Hill State Forest, Town of Fabius, Onondaga County)

Region 8- Rochester/ Western Finger Lakes

  • Sugar Hill State Forest, Camping and equestrian area
  • Birdseye Hollow State Forest, Sanford Lake
  • Ossian State Forest, Evergreen Pond

Region 9- Western New York

  • Hannum Road Campsites (Chautauqua Gorge State Forest, Town of Chautauqua, Chautauqua County)
  • Jasper Park Campsites (North Harmony State Forest, Town of North Harmony, Chautauqua County)
  • West Almond Horse Trail System - Stewart Forest Road and Route 244 Camping Areas (Palmer's Pond, Phillips Creek, and Turnpike State Forests, Towns of Ward and West Almond, Allegany County)
  • Palmer's Pond Campsites (Palmer's Pond State Forest, Town of West Almond, Allegany County)
  • Camp Seneca and Little Rock City Campsites (McCarthy Hill and Rock City State Forests, Towns of Mansfield, Little Valley, Ellicottville and Great Valley, Cattaraugus County)
  • East Otto Campsites (East Otto State Forest, Town of East Otto, Cattaraugus County)

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