Cortland County

Cortland County is somewhat to the west of the center of New York State, south of Syracuse and north of Binghamton. The county seat is Cortland. As of the 2010 census, the population of Cortland County was 49,336.

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Baker School House State Forest
Cuyler Hill State Forest
Donahue Woods State Forest
Gee Brook State Forest
Griggs Gulf State Forest
Hewett State Forest
Hoxie Gorge State Forest
Morgan Hill State Forest
Papish Pond State Forest
Taylor Valley State Forest

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Map: Donahue Woods State Forest

Map: Donahue Woods State Forest

Donahue Woods State Forest encompasses 1,165 acres in Northeastern Cortland County. Rustic and rugged, it's great for recreational activities such as hunting, bird watching, nature viewing, informal hiking and snowmobiling.

The forest has a Public Forest Access Road running through it which provides 2.0 miles of recreational access through the middle of the forest. This can be used for hiking. There are no formal hiking trails on this property. At-large primitive camping is allowed.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37036.html

Map: Baker School House State Forest

Map: Baker School House State Forest

Baker School House State Forest encompasses 1,277 acres. Its primitive nature makes it ideal for activities such as hiking, hunting, trapping, bird watching, nature observation, and informal camping. The Finger Lakes Trail winds through the central portion of the forest. There are no designated campsites on this property, however back country camping is allowed.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37007.html

Map: Taylor Valley State Forest   North

Map: Taylor Valley State Forest North

Taylor Valley State Forest (Cortland #2), formerly known as Seacord Hill, encompasses 4,638 acres and is located in the towns of Cuyler, Solon, Taylor, and Truxton in the middle of Cortland County. It is a popular area for family based recreational activities such as hunting, hiking, snowmobiling, bird watching, nature viewing, picnicking and camping.

The Chinango Day Use and Camping Area are also located in the forest and provide many users with a rustic environment in which they can experience the joys of camping, picnicking, and getting back in touch with nature. The Day Use Area has a pavilion with two picnic tables as well as three barbeque pits. The Camping Area, located across the road from the Day Use Area, provides primitive drive-up camping opportunities.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37103.html

Map: Papish Pond Multiple Use Area

Map: Papish Pond Multiple Use Area

Papish Pond Multiple Use Area is located in the town of Cincinnatus in Southeastern Cortland County. Many different recreational activities can be enjoyed in this small area, including hiking, fishing, canoeing, hunting, trapping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, bird watching, and nature viewing. Papish Pond Multiple Use Area is often considered a part of Gee Brook State Forest as they are located in close proximity to each other.

A photo of a yellow lily on a pond in the papish Pond Multiple Use AreaThe main attraction of Papish Pond Multiple Use Area is not surprisingly, Papish Pond. Many users enjoy the excellent fishing opportunities that the 38 acre pond, full of pickerel, yellow perch, bullhead, and largemouth bass, provides. It is a great place to hang out in a canoe, and there is a boat launch for non-motorized and electric motor boats at the pond located right off of Gee Brook Road. Gas powered motor are prohibited.

Camping is also a favorite pastime, with plenty of perfect spots nestled in the peaceful community. A permit from the local forest ranger is needed to camp.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37093.html

Map: Gee Brook State Forest

Map: Gee Brook State Forest

Gee Brook State Forest encompasses 878 acres. It is a small but popular area that offers a variety of recreational activities including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, nature viewing and snowmobiling. Gee Brook is named for the beautiful sparkling creek that gently flows through the peaceful forest.

Informal foot trails are located along the stream and ponds. There are also two Public Forest Access Roads (Ace of Spades Rd. and Calico Pond Rd.) that provide entry into each of the respective north and south portions of the property. Nature observers and hunters can also enjoy the many species of plants and animals throughout this heavily forested area.

Camping is allowed at Calico Pond at designated sites, by permit only. Permits are available through the forest ranger or the Cortland DEC office, call 607-674-4017. The access bridge leading to Calico Pond over Gee Brook no longer provides vehicular access, although it is maintained as a foot bridge. An informational map of the camping area and its three camping sites is available.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37042.html

Map: Calico Pond

Map: Calico Pond

Gee Brook State Forest encompasses 878 acres. It is a small but popular area that offers a variety of recreational activities including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, nature viewing and snowmobiling. Gee Brook is named for the beautiful sparkling creek that gently flows through the peaceful forest.

Informal foot trails are located along the stream and ponds. There are also two Public Forest Access Roads (Ace of Spades Rd. and Calico Pond Rd.) that provide entry into each of the respective north and south portions of the property. Nature observers and hunters can also enjoy the many species of plants and animals throughout this heavily forested area.

Camping is allowed at Calico Pond at designated sites, by permit only. Permits are available through the forest ranger or the Cortland DEC office, call 607-674-4017. The access bridge leading to Calico Pond over Gee Brook no longer provides vehicular access, although it is maintained as a foot bridge. An informational map of the camping area and its three camping sites is available.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37042.html

Map: Hoxie Gorge State Forest

Map: Hoxie Gorge State Forest

Hoxie Gorge State Forest encompasses 2,115 acres of land and is located in the towns of Freetown and Virgil in the middle of Cortland County. It has six miles of snowmobile trail, designated as a secondary 5S trail by the NYS Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. It also has a portion of the Finger Lakes Hiking Trail located within its boundaries. Public Forest Access Roads off of Steve Russell Hill Road provide an additional 2.6 miles of recreational access. There are also two separate segments of accessible trails for those with impaired mobility.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37052.html

Map: Cuyler Hill State Forest

Map: Cuyler Hill State Forest

Cuyler Hill State Forest encompasses 5,507 acres and is located in the towns of Cuyler and Taylor on the Northeastern border of Cortland and Chenango County. It is a popular area for activities such as hunting, hiking, snowmobiling, fishing, camping, bird watching and nature viewing. Cuyler Hill State Forest currently has 8.5 miles of the Finger Lakes Hiking Trail, part of which runs through the 20 acre Cuyler Hill Natural Area. Approximately 12.5 miles of snowmobile trails cross the forest that are part of the New York State Corridor Trails 5C and 7A which provide snowmobile access between DeRuyter and Pitcher. It uses both town roads and public forest access roads.

The clear freshwater streams, of which there are fifteen, wind graciously through the trees totaling seven miles in length. Brook trout abound in most of them. Some of the sections of streams in the forest include Bundy Creek, Union Valley Creek, and Wells Creek, which are a part of the East Branch of the Tioughnioga and Ostelic River watersheds.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37028.html

Map: Taylor Valley State Forest

Map: Taylor Valley State Forest

Taylor Valley State Forest (Cortland #2), formerly known as Seacord Hill, encompasses 4,638 acres and is located in the towns of Cuyler, Solon, Taylor, and Truxton in the middle of Cortland County. It is a popular area for family based recreational activities such as hunting, hiking, snowmobiling, bird watching, nature viewing, picnicking and camping.

The Chinango Day Use and Camping Area are also located in the forest and provide many users with a rustic environment in which they can experience the joys of camping, picnicking, and getting back in touch with nature. The Day Use Area has a pavilion with two picnic tables as well as three barbeque pits. The Camping Area, located across the road from the Day Use Area, provides primitive drive-up camping opportunities.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37103.html

Map: Griggs Gulf State Forest

Map: Griggs Gulf State Forest

Griggs Gulf State Forest (Cortland #11) encompasses 2, 365 acres of land in the towns of Harford and Richford, located in Southwestern Cortland County and Northeastern Tioga County. Recreational activities such as snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, trapping, nature observation and informal hiking and horseback riding are enjoyed by many residents and visitors of the area.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37049.html