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Wiley Brook State Forest

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Wiley Brook State Forest is 1,240 acres in size. The most popular recreational activities on the forest are hiking and big game hunting. Winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as snowmobiling on the sections of unplowed town roads.

Some of the most scenic areas on this state forest can be found near the ponds. Wiley Pond (also known as Puckerville Pond) is located in the southwestern corner of the forest and features a primitive campsite. Another pond, which is only partially located on the State forest, can be found between Quarry Road and Shapley Road. This pond is in a remote location and is visited by many species of waterfowl.

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

A one-mile section of the Finger Lakes Trail (leaves DEC website) runs through the southwestern portion of the forest. It can be accessed from Shapley Road, near Puckerville Corners.


primitive camping

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

A primitive camping site can be found on the east side of Wiley Pond. The site is available on a first come, first served basis. Although the site is located near the road, it has a remote atmosphere and is surrounded by tall timber trees. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of 10 or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

At large primitive camping is also 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.

Wiley Brook Forest Scene

Hunting & Trapping


Wildlife Management Unit: 7P

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.

Bruffell Hill Road and Quarry Road are used as snowmobile trails in the winter.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

snow shoeing
cross country skiing

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

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.


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


Wiley Brook State Forest is a rather fragmented property and there is not a main entrance to the forest. The town roads that cross through the forest include: Shapley Road, Quarry Road, Brussel Hill Road (formerly Ives Settlement Road) and Glovers Corners to Yaleville Road. All of these roads connect into either County Route 35 or 38.

  • Shapley Road parking and informational kiosk sign (42.368467°N, 75.539275°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Most of the town roads on the forest are good quality, gravel-surface roads which may be traveled with any passenger car. Quarry Road and Brussel Hill Road are more narrow than roads such as Shapley Road, and they may have some sections of rough surface. Ward Loomis Road, in the southwest corner of the state forest, is a rough shaled surface road. Quarry Road, Brussel Hill Road, and Ward Loomis Road are not plowed during the winter.

There are no true parking areas located in the forest, but there are many places to park vehicles along the sides of the town roads, as well as on old log decks next to the roads.

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 Wiley Brook 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 Between Rivers Unit Management Plan (UMP). 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


The forest is named after the stream and its tributaries that run though many sections of the forest. All of the surface water in Wiley Brook State Forest flows south to the Susquehanna River. Wiley Brook is a tributary to Yaleville Brook, which flows into the Susquehanna River near the village of Bainbridge. The branches of Wiley Brook in the state forest represent the beginnings of the stream, and are unlikely to support any game fish, such as brook trout.

The highest elevation in the forest is approximately 1,840 feet and is located in the far northeastern corner of the forest.The lowest elevation is about 1,440 feet and is found in the eastern, central section of the forest. Wiley Brook State Forest is bordered by a mix of privately owned woodlands and agricultural lands.

The forest cover in Wiley Brook State Forest is generally a mixture of either native or planted conifers with northern hardwood species. The northern hardwoods include: beech, birch, maple, oak, cherry, ash and basswood. Native conifers include white pine and hemlock. Planted conifers include red pine, scotch pine, white pine, Japanese larch, Norway spruce and white spruce. All of the conifer plantations in Wiley Brook State Forest where planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) between 1931 and 1940.

More than 600 acres, or approximately 50%, of Wiley Brook State Forest was planted by the CCC. At the rate of 700 per acre, this adds up to more than 400,000 trees that were planted to reforest the unproductive agricultural lands of the 1800s. Many of these plantations are now mature, and are being converted to native forest cover, including northern hardwoods and hemlock.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby community of Norwich.

Chenango County Tourism Webpage (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.