Skinner Hill State Forest

Skinner Hill State Forest (Chenango Reforestation Area #8), located at the junction of the towns of Sherburne, Columbus, and New Berlin, is an oddly shaped forest located on old farm lands once plowed by its namesake, the Skinner family. Across its 1,666 acres you will find a mixture of Spruce and Pine Plantations, natural growing Hardwoods, open fields, and wetland areas. This diverse landscape provides the ideal opportunity for wildlife habitat, making it popular spot for hunting and wildlife viewing. White-tailed deer, Wild Turkey, and Ruffed Grouse are among a few of the game species to be found here.

Two trout classified streams pass through the forest, both tributaries of Great Brook. In some places, beavers have taken up residence along these streams, creating small ponds and pools. Waterfowl can be found in abundance in these locations. For those people who enjoy trapping, these wetland areas are home to an abundance of small mammals.

Across the length of the forest are remnants of the history of the area. Stone walls, old stone bridges, foundations, and even a Root Cellar used to hide escaped slaves during the time of the Underground Railroad can be found on the property.

Due to its elongated shape, Skinner Hill is also an easily accessible forest to reach, with many local roads crisscrossing the property. A variety of old logging roads, as well as newer skid roads provide pathways for hiking, hunting experience or, for a change of pace, bring your dog out for a walk! Parking can be found along the roadside, or on one of several forest access roads maintained by DEC.

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Map: Skinner Hill State Forest

Map: Skinner Hill State Forest

Skinner Hill State Forest (Chenango Reforestation Area #8), located at the junction of the towns of Sherburne, Columbus, and New Berlin, is an oddly shaped forest located on old farm lands once plowed by its namesake, the Skinner family. Across its 1,666 acres you will find a mixture of Spruce and Pine Plantations, natural growing Hardwoods, open fields, and wetland areas. This diverse landscape provides the ideal opportunity for wildlife habitat, making it popular spot for hunting and wildlife viewing. White-tailed deer, Wild Turkey, and Ruffed Grouse are among a few of the game species to be found here.

Two trout classified streams pass through the forest, both tributaries of Great Brook. In some places, beavers have taken up residence along these streams, creating small ponds and pools. Waterfowl can be found in abundance in these locations. For those people who enjoy trapping, these wetland areas are home to an abundance of small mammals.

Across the length of the forest are remnants of the history of the area. Stone walls, old stone bridges, foundations, and even a Root Cellar used to hide escaped slaves during the time of the Underground Railroad can be found on the property.

Due to its elongated shape, Skinner Hill is also an easily accessible forest to reach, with many local roads crisscrossing the property. A variety of old logging roads, as well as newer skid roads provide pathways for hiking, hunting experience or, for a change of pace, bring your dog out for a walk! Parking can be found along the roadside, or on one of several forest access roads maintained by DEC.