Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

Klipnocky State Forest

hikingprimitive campingcross-country skiingsnowshoeinghuntingtrappingsnowmobilingparkingicon key

Klipnocky State Forest locator

Klipnocky State Forest covers 2,634 acres and borders both Slader Creek State Forest and Gas Springs State Forest.

The origin of the name "Klipnocky" is uncertain. Local folklore includes stories about a race of Bigfoot-like creatures known as "The Hairy Women of Klipnocky". What is certain is that Klipnocky State Forest occupies some extremely rocky and remote country. Several old stone quarries can be found on the area. The most recent quarrying was during the construction of the Almond Dam in the 1940s. Several of the old quarries have been converted to wildlife ponds.

If you visit the area, check out some of the stone walls that run through the woods. You'll be amazed at the size of many of the rocks that were cleared in the days before motorized equipment in an attempt to bring the land under cultivation. Surprisingly, almost half of the acreage was cleared and farmed prior to state acquisition.

Scarlet tanger in old rock quarry near Finger Lakes Trail
Scarlet tanager in old rock quarry near Finger Lakes Trail

The forest cover types are a mixture of native hardwoods, native conifers and planted conifers. The upland slopes are primarily hardwood species such as sugar maple, white ash, red maple, red oak and beech. Occasional stands of native eastern hemlock are present. The old fields were planted during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps, with a variety of conifer species including red pine, Scotch pine, white pine, larch and spruce.

Featured Activities



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

The Finger Lakes Trail (leaves DEC website) which forms a part of the North Country Trail (leaves DEC website) passes through Klipnocky State Forest and skirts the edges of several old quarries. The trail crosses the divide between the St. Lawrence and Susquehanna River drainages.


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.

Hikers enjoy the Finger Lakes Trail that runs through Klipnocky State Forest
Hiking along the Finger Lakes Trail in Klipnocky State Forest

Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing

cross-country skiing

General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

The Finger Lakes Trail (leaves DEC website) can also be used for snowshoeing and skiing, but keep in mind some of the terrain can be challenging for these activities.

Hunting and Trapping


Wildlife Management Unit: 9P

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

The area is a popular destination for hunting both small game and big game and for trapping. Be sure to abide by all hunting and trapping regulations.



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

New York State Snowmobile Corridor Trail C2 passes through the southern portion of Klipnocky State Forest. For more information, visit the New York State Snowmobile Association (leaves DEC website).


Klipnocky State Forest lies approximately four miles southwest of the Village of Canaseraga and can be accessed via several town roads and State Forest roads leading from County Route 13C in the north and County Route 32 in the south.

From Interstate 86, take exit 34N and turn right onto State Route 36. After 1.7 miles, turn left onto West Avenue. in the Village of Arkport, then in 0.3 miles turn left onto Bishopville Road which becomes County Route 32. In 7.3 miles, turn right onto Gas Springs Road (a.k.a. Marble Forest Road) to enter the state forest. The parking area will be on the left just before the intersection with Emery Forest Road.

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

  • Gas Springs Road Parking Area (42.380950°N, 77.829210°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 Klipnocky 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 has developed a Draft Allegany Unit State Forests Unit Management Plan (UMP) which describes the proposed management activities for these lands. 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 at

Timber Management

The hardwood stands are managed through a series of thinnings which remove the lower quality trees and give more growing space to the best quality trees. The hardwood tops are generally left in place to rot and recycle their nutrients back into the soil. The decaying tops also provide bedding and nesting cover for wildlife such as white-tailed deer and wild turkeys.

Periodic thinnings in the red pine plantations have allowed the native hardwoods to seed into the sunlit openings. Many of the pine stands have reached maturity and the remaining overstory is now being removed to allow the hardwoods to grow to maturity. These "early-successional" hardwood stands provide an important habitat component for a variety of songbird species, as well as ruffed grouse and woodcock.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Gas, food and other supplies, and dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Alfred, Arkport and Hornell.
  • Lodging opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Alfred and Hornell.

Allegany County Tourism (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 online 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.