McCarthy Hill State Forest is located one mile east of the village of Addison, in the Allegheny Plateau. The area is located in the towns of Addison and Erwin, Steuben County.
Recreational opportunities on this state forest focus on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development. There are approximately 8 miles of designated cross-country ski trails. The cross-country ski trails are marked with plastic disks and brown signs, orange rectangular blazes painted on the trees mark the path the Great Eastern Trail takes across this state forest. The Great Eastern Trail is still a work in progress, but will eventually start on South Bradford State Forest and end in Alabama.
Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right of ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails. Permanent tree stands are prohibited. However, a tree stand or blind is allowed, provided that it does not injure any trees, is properly marked or tagged with the owner's name and address or valid hunting or fishing license number, and is placed and used during big game season, migratory game bird season, or turkey season, but no more than thirty days in one location per calendar year.
Geo-caching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations.
Most of this forest requires significant walking to access and some portions may be considered difficult to access. Some terrain is steep.
Today, McCarthy Hill and all state forests in New York are managed for multiple benefits to serve the needs of the people of New York. Sustainable management practices ensure a perpetual supply of timber, a diversity of wildlife habitats, compatible recreational opportunities and clean water.
Pinnacle State Park has breathtaking views and tremendous vistas, including the Canisteo River Valley, Harris Hill and the village of Addison. The park is known for its challenging 9-hole golf course, but visitors can enjoy many other recreational activities, including hiking or cross-country skiing on 11 miles of trails. Anglers can fish for bass, bluegill or bullheads in Levi Pond. Hunters can go after deer, turkey or small game in season and picnickers can relax and enjoy the scenery.