Stuben County

Steuben County /stuːˈbɛn/ is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 98,990.[1] Its name is in honor of Baron von Steuben, a German general who fought on the American side in the American Revolutionary War, though it is not pronounced the same. Its county seat is Bath.

Steuben County is in the southwestern part of New York State, immediately north of the Pennsylvania border. The population of Steuben County according to the 2000 U. S. census was 98,726. The county is in the Southern Tier region of New York State.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steuben_County,_New_York

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Burt Hill MUA
Cameron State Forest
Dry Run State Forest
Erwin Hollow State Forest
Greenwood State Forest
McCarthy Hill State Forest (Stueben) and Pinnacle State Park
Meads Creek State Forest
Rock Creek State Forest
South Bradford State Forest
Stony Brook State Park
Turkey Ridge State Forest

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Map: Cameron State Forest

Map: Cameron State Forest

Cameron Pond Day Use Area is near the center of the forest and provides day use and fishing opportunities. Fishing occurs during both winter and summer seasons. Cameron Pond has a good reputation locally as an ice fishing location.

Town and county roads provide mountain biking opportunities. This forest is somewhat unique in that the softwood plantations are fairly young. Regardless, some of the more exotic species of pine (notably Scotch Pine) have begun to fail and convert themselves to native hardwood stands.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/38940.html

Map: Rock Creek State Forest

Map: Rock Creek State Forest

The 704-acre Rock Creek State Forest has a limited amount of development. There are no designated recreation trails, but several Department roads, cleared gas pipelines and old skid roads, deer paths, and old farm lanes are available for exploring. Today, Rock Creek 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 will ensure a perpetual supply of timber, a diversity of wildlife habitats, compatible recreational opportunities and clean water.

Rock Creek State Forest has no designated camping sites, however at-large primitive camping is allow in this unit, except within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond, other body of water, or otherwise prohibited.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37458.html

Map: Turkey Ridge State Forest

Map: Turkey Ridge State Forest

The 676-acre Turkey Ridge State Forest has a limited amount of development. There are no designated recreation trails, but several Department roads, old skid roads, deer paths, and old farm lanes are available for exploring. Turkey Ridge State Forest has no designated camping sites, however at-large primitive camping is allow in this unit, except within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond, other body of water, or otherwise prohibited.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37443.html

Map: Burt Hill Multiple Use Area

Map: Burt Hill Multiple Use Area

Burt Hill Multiple Use Area is located two miles northerly of the village of Canisteo, in the Allegheny Plateau. The area is located in the town of Howard, Steuben County.

Recreational opportunities on this state forest focus on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development. The Finger Lakes Trail provides good foot access to the northern portion of the area. There is a lean-to for overnight camping located just off the trail. Town, and county roads provide mountain biking opportunities.

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.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37436.html

Map: South Bradford State Forest

Map: South Bradford State Forest

The 1,819-acre South Bradford State Forest features a portion of the Finger Lakes Hiking Trail and is the northern end of the Crystal Hills Branch Hiking Trail. This forest also has significant mineral activity, visitors should expect to see natural gas wellheads and pipelines. Today, South Bradford 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 will ensure a perpetual supply of timber, a diversity of wildlife habitats, compatible recreational opportunities and clean water.

Located on the area is a portion of the Finger Lakes Trail and Crystal Hills Branch Trail (both foot traffic only). Maintenance is done by the volunteers of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (leaves DEC website) under a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement. The Finger Lakes Trail is a segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail (leaves DEC website) a 3200-mile trail which extends from New York to North Dakota, and the Crystal Hills Branch Trail is a segment of the Great Eastern Trail (leaves DEC website) which, when finished, will end in Alabama.

The South Bradford Lean-to is located at the intersection of the Finger Lakes Trail and the Crystal Hills Trail. At-large primitive camping is also allowed in this unit. 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 ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37456.html

Map: Pinnacle State Park McCarthy State Forest

Map: Pinnacle State Park McCarthy State Forest

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.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/38887.html

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.

http://nysparks.com/parks/4/