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The 613-acre Catlin State Forest has a limited amount of development. There are no designated recreation trails, however, deer paths and old farm lanes are available for exploring. Most of this forest will require significant walking to access. Today, Catlin 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


primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Catlin State Forest has no designated camping sites, however at-large primitive camping is allowed in this unit, except within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond, other body of water, or otherwise prohibited.

Hunting & Trapping


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


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

Although there are no facilities developed for viewing wildlife, like many places in the Southern Tier, you are likely to see wildlife on this land. 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 Finger Lakes 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. Outdoorsmen and women from across New York State flock to this area year round for its exquisite wildlife watching and unbeatable hunting.



To gain access to this forest from I86, take exit 51A, proceed north along County Route 35 (Chambers Road) which will bisect the forest. (42.244712°N, 76.907195°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

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 Catlin 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.

How We Manage Caitlin State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Great Divide Unit Management Plan (Plan PDF). The Great Divide Unit Management Plan is a ten year plan for the multiple use of about 2,956 acres of wildlife management area and state forest land in Schuyler and Chemung Counties it was prepared by a committee of DEC professionals at the Region 8 DEC office in 2006. It is comprised of Catlin State Forest, Maple Hill State Forest, Texas Hollow State Forest, Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area and Cayuta Lake Fishing Access Site. 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 Amenities and Attractions

Nearby State Land

Where to find amenities:

Numerous guide books 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.