Backcountry camping is allowed on New York State Forest lands. Camping is prohibited on Unique Areas, Wildlife Management Areas and a few other categories of state land. Hiking is generally permitted anywhere on State lands, however, special restrictions apply to both mountain biking and horseback riding.
Rules and guidelines for the use of public lands managed by DEC are generally as follows:
- Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond or other body of water except at areas designated by a “camp here” disk.
- Groups of ten or more persons OR stays of more than three days in one place require a permit from the New York State Forest Ranger responsible for the area.
- Lean-tos are available in many areas on a first come first served basis. Lean-tos cannot be used exclusively and must be shared with other campers.
For more Camping Rules and Guidelines, visit the NYS DEC WEBSITE
For information on State owned lands, Use the following resources: