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Rome Sand Plains Resource Management Area

Rome, Oneida County

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Rome Sand Plains is one of only a handful of inland pine barrens in the nation. Encompassing thousands of acres on 5 properties around the City of Rome, this natural treasure consists of high sand dunes, low peat bogs, pine barrens, hardwood forests, meadows, wetlands and one of the largest beaver ponds in the state. The sand plains are a favorite place to visit for nature lovers from all over. Unique bird life, butterflies and plants make it a popular destination for student field trips, birdwatching groups and other outdoor enthusiasts. More than six miles of marked trails enhance the experience.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Pine barrens
  • Hardwood forests
  • Sand dunes

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Birdwatching
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Biking (in some areas)
  • Hunting
  • Trapping


16,000 acres

Closest Town



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Contact information

Telephone: 315-866-6330

Website: Rome Sand Plains (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo Credits: Neil Satterly, Jim McCormac (Ohio DNR), Stephen Litwhiler (DEC)