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  1. Camper-submitted photo from Bucks Brook State Forest Primitive Tent Site

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    Bucks Brook State Forest Primitive Tent Site

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    DeRuyter, New York

    Bucks Brook State Forest consists of 2,178 acres located between State highway 26 and County Highway 13 in the northwest corner of Chenango County. Popular recreational uses of this forest are hiking, nature observation and hunting.

    Camping At-large primitive camping is allowed. 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.

    Hiking General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

    A portion of the Finger Lakes Trail (leaves DEC website) traverses the forest. The trail enters the forest on the northwest side along Ratville Road and traverses east and then south to where it exits the forest on Bucks Brook Road near its junction with Rt. 26

    Fishing General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations.

    The Otselic River, which runs along Rt. 26, offers nearby trout fishing opportunities and is easily accessible due to the numerous DEC parking areas.

    Fishing Access information is available. Fishing Easement information is available.

    Hunting & Trapping General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations.

    Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

    Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.

    Wildlife General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

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    • Fires
    • Dispersed
  2. Camper-submitted photo from Towsley Road Dispersed Camping

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    Towsley Road Dispersed Camping

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    Richland, New York

    Primitive camping is allowed. 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.

    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
  3. Camper-submitted photo from Morgan Hill State Forest
  4. Camper-submitted photo from Balsam Swamp State Forest

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    Balsam Swamp State Forest

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    Cincinnatus, New York

    Camping primitive camping

    General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

    At large primitive camping is allowed. 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.

    A small rustic camp ground is also located at Balsam Pond. Camping spaces are available at no cost on a first-come, first-serve basis and there is no running water or electricity. A fire ring, outhouse, and picnic table are provided for each camping space.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Dispersed
    • Picnic Table
  5. Camper-submitted photo from Roadside Parking on Route 20
  6. Camper-submitted photo from Salmon River in Altmar State Forest
  7. Camper-submitted photo from Pharsalia Woods State Forest Dispersed

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    Pharsalia Woods State Forest Dispersed

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    South Plymouth, New York

    Primitive camping is allowed. 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. More details here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41282.html

    Primitive camping is allowed on many DEC lands, including Forest Preserve lands in the Catskills and Adirondacks, as well as on State Forest lands outside the Preserve. Primitive camping is prohibited on Unique Areas, Wildlife Management Areas, and a few other categories of state land.

    Where to Set Up Camp The best place to camp is at designated primitive tent sites. These sites are typically flatter than other areas and have deeper, harder soils more resistant to heavy use and erosion, minimizing the impacts of camping. Many sites have nearby pit privies and rock fire rings.

    Yellow and black camp here marker attached to a tree "Camp Here" marker Campers are encouraged to use designated tent sites. They are often close to trails and provide views of ponds, lakes, streams or rivers. These can be a source of water when properly treated.

    All designated primitive tent sites have yellow and black "Camp Here" markers. Many sites on lakes and ponds are identified by a yellow number against a dark brown wooden plaque typically attached to a tree near the water's edge.

    • Camper-submitted photo from South Slope Trail Head Dispersed Camp
    • Camper-submitted photo from Long Pond Campground

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