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The 598-acre Mount Hunger State Forest was acquired in 1947. The state forest was created for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation and watershed protection.

Whalen Road and Whalen Road Extension are not plowed in winter. Bailey Lake Road and Beaver Creek Road are plowed in winter.

Featured Activities



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

There are no formal hiking trails but the old town roads and utility lines provide excellent opportunities for people to get out and enjoy the state forest. There is about a mile of unpaved roadways and snowmobile routes that provide access to the forest.


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.

Hunting & Trapping


Wildlife Management Unit: 7M

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



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

There is more than a mile of trails that traverse the property and are open to snowmobiling. The CNY Snow Travelers maintain and groom the routes in this area through a volunteer stewardship agreement.


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

Accessible Features

motorized access program for people with disabilities

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

There are 2 routes totaling 0.43 mile in the center of the property, which allow motorized access for people with mobility impairments. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.


At the intersection of NYS Routes 12 and 20 (Sangerfield), take Route 12 south. On Route 12, go about 0.6 mile and take a left on Craigfoot Road. On Craigfoot Road, continue on for 0.9 mile to an intersection where Craigfoot Road changes to Tubbs Road. After about 1.4 miles, go left on to Bailey Lake Road. Go about 0.5 mile and the access road to the state forest will be on the left.

  • Tennessee Gas right-of-way road pull-off area (42.881878°N, 75.319068°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Whalen Road pull-off area (off Bailey Lake rd.) (42.880154°N, 75.347108°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 Mount Hunger 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.

Planning and Management

This state forest falls under the Mohawk Vista Unit Management Plan (UMP). 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

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 Waterville, Sangerfield, Bridgewater, West Winfield and Hamilton.

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.