Broome County

roome County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 200,600.[1] It was named in honor of John Broome, who was lieutenant governor in 1806 when Broome County was established. Its county seat is Binghamton, which is also its major city. The current county executive is Debra A. Preston. Broome County is also home to Binghamton University, one of four university centers in the SUNY system.

Broome County is located in south-central New York, directly north of the border with Pennsylvania in a section of the state called the Southern Tier. The Chenango River joins the Susquehanna River, which flows through the county.
The western half of the county is hilly but has wide valleys that accommodate Binghamton and its suburbs. In the northern portion Interstate 81 takes advantage of another glacial valley. To the east, however, the terrain becomes much more rugged as the land tilts up to the Catskills.

The highest elevation is a U.S. National Geodetic Survey benchmark known as Slawson atop an unnamed hill in the Town of Sanford. It is approximately 2087 feet[2] (636 m) above sea level. An area due east on the Delaware County line in Oquaga Creek State Park also lies within the same elevation contour line. The lowest point is 864 feet (263 m) above sea level, along the Susquehanna at the Pennsylvania state line.

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Map: Cat Hollow State Forest

Map: Cat Hollow State Forest

Cat Hollow State Forest covers 759 acres and is located in the town of Sanford in Broome County. The forest was acquired in 1964 using Bond Act funds and is named after the cougars that roamed the area prior to 1900.

The area is ideal for passive recreation, such as hunting, bird watching and hiking. No formal hiking or cross country ski trails exist, although McMurray road, a 1.2 mile road traverses the forest.

The southern boundary of the forest runs for three quarters of a mile along the New York-Pennsylvania Border. A roadside beaver pond can be found along Woodford Road near the west edge of the forest. This area is a good place to see geese, ducks, beaver, herons and other wetland wildlife species. The forest has two streams- Cat Hollow stream and a small tributary of Cat Hollow that is unnamed. In addition, there are two small wetlands on the forest that total 8.8 acres in size, and two interior ponds.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8228.html

Map: Hawkins Pond State Forest

Map: Hawkins Pond State Forest

Hawkins Pond State Forest covers 539 acres and is located in the Town of Windsor in Broome County. The forest is named after Hawkins Pond, located on the adjacent county park known as the Hawkins Pond Nature Area. The forest was acquired in three purchases. The first, in 1932, was the largest purchase with the acquisition of 506 acres of land. In 1997 another 30 acres were obtained and in 1998 three acres were added to the forest.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8201.html

Map: Tracy Creek State Forest

Map: Tracy Creek State Forest

Tracy Creek State Forest was purchased in 1933 from several different landowners and covers 512 acres. It is located in the town of Vestal in Broome County and the town of Owego in Tioga County. The forest is named for Tracy Creek which flows north from nearby the forest, to the Susquehanna River. Although no formal trails exist on the forest, access through the woods is good due to extensive trails created by firewood cutters. For over twenty years, the upland hardwoods have been thinned by firewood sales to promote timber growth. Now these trails are used for hiking, skiing, horseback riding and mountain biking.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8102.html

Map: Triangle State Forest

Map: Triangle State Forest

Triangle State Forest is 661 acres. Rathbun Hill Road provides access into the forest, crossing the forest from east to west. Vehicle access into the forest is not available during the winter, as the town does not plow Rathbun Road. The town derives its name from its geographical location. Located south of the "twenty towns" in Chenango County, and the "military tract" in Cortland County, the apex of the triangle was formed by the confluence of the Chenango and Tioughnioga Rivers.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8099.html

Map: Bobell State Forest

Map: Bobell State Forest

Bobell State Forest, also known as Chenango Reforestation Areas #10 & 30, is located in the Towns of Coventry and Greene in Chenango County. The two adjacent forests contain 2156 acres. The areas are soon to be included with nearby forests in the development of a draft unit management plan. The forests were purchased with Hewitt Amendment funds in the 1930's and most of the trees were planted by the Civil Conservation Corps during the 1930's.

The forests were named after early settlers named Bobell or Bowbell. The soils proved to be somewhat poor for farming, having shallow depths to hard pan and a tendency to be seasonably wet. These soil characteristics still present challenges to some forest management and recreational activities.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8246.html

Map: Marsh Pond State Forest

Map: Marsh Pond State Forest

There are no formal trails in this state forest but hiking is allowed anywhere unless posted otherwise. While there are 893 beautiful acres of forest land in Marsh Pond, most people stick to the water's edge. The area is ideal for passive recreation, such as hunting, bird watching and fishing. There are also two primitive camping sites near Marsh Pond from which campers can look out at turtles, warblers, water lilies and blue flag flowers.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8168.html