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The 501-acre Cold Creek State Forest is located in the on the Wyoming-Allegany County line. There are no trails on the unit but hiking is allowed on forest roads and throughout the property.

The Centerville area was settled shortly after 1800. Early residents were attracted by the high-quality timber growing there. Ironically, most of this high-quality timberland was eventually cleared for agriculture, but by the early 1900s much of the worn-out farmland was being abandoned and was reverting once again to forest.

Logs being stacked for transport
Logs being stacked for transport

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping


Wildlife Management Unit: 9N

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. Trapping is also allowed. Please follow all game regulations.



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

New York State Snowmobile Corridor Trail C3B passes through Cold Creek State Forest. The trail is maintained by the Centerville Hill Riders snowmobile club (leaves DEC website) through a volunteer stewardship agreement.


Cold Creek State Forest lies between the hamlet of Centerville and the Village of Pike, and is accessible from County Route 36 (Pike Road).

There are no designated parking areas on the unit, however roadside parking is available. (42.507003°N, 78.209529°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website). 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 Cold Creek 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

Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.

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 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 can be found in the nearby communities of Arcade, Fillmore and Pike.
  • Food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Arcade, Fillmore and Houghton.
  • Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Arcade, Fillmore, Houghton and Pike.
  • Lodging can be found in the nearby communities of Arcade, Fillmore and Houghton.

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

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.