Hunt's Pond State Forest
Hunt's Pond State Forest is a small forest in a quiet setting. Relatively young softwood plantations dot the land, as well as a number of open grassy fields. These fields are maintained as such to provide habitat for numerous wildlife species that inhabit grass and open lands. The forest has primitive campsites, a picnic area and a boat launch site. Trails are available for hiking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
A free boat launch is available for canoes, kayaks and boats with electric motors.
The Hunt's Pond State Forest campground offers 12 designated campsites near the waters of the 50 acre Hunt's Pond. The camping sites are primitive, with few improvements. No fees are charged for camping, however, a permit is needed and available from the NYS DEC office in Sherburne.
Fishing is permitted. The pond contains largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, chain pickerel and rock bass. A boat launch is available for public use.
Various unmarked trails and logging lanes criss-cross the forest; they can be used for hiking. Views of the Unadilla River Valley are spectacular from the large open field on the western part of the forest. For those who want to see a beaver family hard at work, be sure to visit the beaver meadow in the south central area, just off of Buttermilk Falls Road.
A portion of the forest is open for hunting. Contact the DEC for more information.
Wildlife includes numerous species of woodland and aquatic birds. White-tailed deer, coyotes, red and grey fox, raccoons, red and grey squirrels, and beaver are some of the mammals living in the forest.
The trails that are popular for hikers during the winter months are ready for cross-country skiers as soon as the first snow falls. The trails are generally unmarked so please be mindful of where you are going.
Albany: I-88, exit at Rt.23 (Oneonta), west to south New Berlin. Right at light; follow Rt.8 for 2.6 miles; left on Hunt's Pond Rd. for 2.9 miles to park on the right. Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse: Thruway (I-90) east to exit 31 (Utica); Rt.8 south through New Berlin to light. 5.1 miles from light, take right on Hunt's Pond Rd. to park on right. New York: Rt.17 west to Rte.8 north through South New Berlin. Two miles north, left onto Hunt's Pond Rd. to park on right.