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The 567-acre Woodhull State Forest has limited infrastructure in place, creating an authentic woodland recreation experience. The unpaved roads and unmaintained skid trails allow for multi-use recreational opportunities. The property is managed for multiple uses, including timber production, watershed protection, wildlife habitat and recreation.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

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

There are currently no trails maintained on this property; however, there is an unpaved road and snowmobile trails that may be used for hiking and other activities.

Camping

primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

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.

Fishing

fishing

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

There is no direct access to Woodhull Creek from the property; however, there is a public angler's parking area just south of the property on Horton Road. The creek has wild brook trout populations but it can be tough to fish due to the alder covered banks.

A pamphlet is available with maps of state lands and public fishing rights that depicts the Public Access for Fishing the Woodhull Creek (PDF).

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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trapping

Wildlife Management Unit: 5H & 6J

General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Snowmobiling

snowmobiling

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

There is a 1.6-mile snowmobile trail that crosses the property and joins the NYS Snowmobile Trail network. The Trackside Blazers Snowmobile Club (leaves DEC website) are responsible for maintaining and grooming snowmobile trails though 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.

Species common to the area include whitetail deer, turkeys, hawks, song birds, humming birds, dragonflies and chipmunks.

Directions

From Forestport, head north on State Route 28 for 3.6 miles. There are no official parking areas for this property. There is a pull-off on State Route 28, where the snowmobile route crosses the street, which may be used for parking.

  • Route 28 pull-off (43.480400°N, 75.164581°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Public Angler's parking area, located on Horton Road (43.463275°N, 75.172716°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 Woodhull 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 currently no trails maintained for these activities.

Planning and Management

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Adirondack Foothills Unit Management Plan (UMP). In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural and human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

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

History and Timber Management

The majority of the land that makes up Woodhull State Forest was acquired by New York State in 1955 and is comprised of natural forest, plantations, seedling - sapling, open wetlands and ponds. The dominant species in the natural forest is balsam fir, American beech, black cherry, Eastern hemlock, red maple, sugar maple, white ash and yellow birch. Woodhull State Forest is also comprised of plantations, which are dominated by Norway spruce, red pine, Scotch pine and white pine.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Gas, dining opportunities, lodging, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Alder Creek, Boonville, Forestport, Woodgate and White Lake.

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

Numerous guidebooks 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.