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Whaupaunaucau State Forest

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The 1,188 acres of Whaupaunaucau State Forest offer a wide array of recreational opportunities. The forest is located between Chenango County Routes 12 and 29 in the town of North Norwich. The 10-acre Jeffrey Pond is stocked annually with trout; there is no launch site but paddling is allowed.

Featured Activities



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

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The cross country ski trails can be used as hiking trails during the off-season.


primitive camping

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

A lean-to and fireplace are located along trail 20 (see trail map).

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 10 or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.



General information on fishing includes a how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Jeffrey Pond, a 10-acre impoundment, is annually stocked with brook trout. A fishing access parking lot is located near the pond.

Hunting & Trapping


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

Cross-county Skiing & Snowshoeing

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snow shoeing

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

A 13-mile cross-country ski trail system includes trails that wind through natural forests and plantations (see trail map). Most trails are designed for skiers with a beginner or intermediate skill level.


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

The varied habitats of the forest sustain populations of turkey, deer, squirrels and numerous song birds.


Take State Highway 12 north of Norwich to State Highway 320. Take 320, which becomes King Settlement Road (County Route 29) to Post Road. Turn left onto Post Road, and then drive up the hill to the State Forest. Parking is available on Post Road and at Jefferey Pond.

Post Road Parking Area is located on the eastern boundary of the state forest. (42.607361°N, 75.461173°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Jeffrey Pond Parking Area is located on the east side of the pond. (42.608626°N, 75.467802°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace (leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of 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

Whaupaunaucau State Forest is part of the Between Rivers Unit Management Plan. A unit management plan (UMP) guides DEC's land management activities in forests for a 10-year period, although a number of goals and objectives in the plan focus on a much longer time period. Each UMP addresses specific objectives and actions for public use and forest management.

If you have questions about the UMP, please e-mail

The forest was named after the American marten, a small mammal that formerly inhabited this hill along with the early settlers. Whaupaunaucau State Forest was purchased with Hewitt Amendment funds in the 1930s as part of the Chenangadilla Unit Management Plan. The forest is a blend of red pine, Scotch pine and Norway spruce plantations with natural hardwoods consisting of red oak, American beech, sugar maple, red maple, black cherry, white ash and eastern hemlock.

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

DEC Lands and Facilities:

Gas, food and dining can be found in the nearby communities of Sherburne and Norwich.

Chenango County Tourism Office (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 are little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.