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Urbana State Forest

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The 2,690-acre Urbana State Forest focuses on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development. It shares a boundary with Pigtail Hollow State Forest. Today, Urbana and all state forests in New York are managed for multiple benefits to serve the needs of the people of New York. Sustainable management practices will ensure a perpetual supply of timber, a diversity of wildlife habitats, compatible recreational opportunities and clean water.

Featured Activities


interpretive trail

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

Located on the area is a portion of the Bristol Hills Branch Trail off of the Finger Lakes Trail (foot traffic only). A short loop trail also gives access to Huckleberry Bog. Huckleberry Bog is a wetland which supports highbush blueberry and a variety of other heath type plants. An interpretive brochure is available, on-site, for this area. Maintenance is done by volunteers of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (leaves DEC website) under a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement.

Hunting & Trapping


Wildlife Management Unit: 8P

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


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.


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

Wooden ramp in deep shade leading to wooden platform in the sun.
Wildlife viewing platform on Huckleberry Bog.

New York's Southern Tier encompasses a wide variety of habitats and landscapes made up of mountainous hills, forests, grasslands and wetlands. Everything from black bear to black-throated blue warblers and brook trout to wild turkey call the Southern Tier of New York home. The grasslands are home to a variety of bird species including northern harrier and state-endangered Henslow's sparrow. White-tailed deer and fisher thrive in the forested hills, while beaver and mink flourish in the wetlands. Visitors from across New York State flock to this area year round for its exquisite wildlife watching and unbeatable hunting.


From Hammondsport, proceed north on Reservoir Hill Road. The forest may be accessed from Reservoir Hill, Runner, Glenbrook, Colegrove Hill, or Bean Station Roads.

  • Runner Road: (42.453622°N, 77.250057°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 Urbana 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.

Planning and Management

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Keuka Highlands Unit Management Plan (PDF). In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains 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 at

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Hammondsport, Prattsburgh or Bath.
  • Dining and lodging opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Hammondsport and Bath.

Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau (leaves DEC website) and Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (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.