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Ossian State Forest

Natural Area or Park

The 1,303-acre Ossian State Forest offers a rustic experience with a limited amount of development. This forest shares a long common boundary with Rattlesnake Hill State Wildlife Management Area and also has a common boundary with a parcel of Allegany County forest lands.

Photos Courtesy of Jim Mitchell


For the latest Park updates please visit the official Ossian State Forest website

  • Open for recreation: year round
  • Fee: free
  • Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources, and avoid conflicts with other users

Featured Activities

  • Camping: There is a lightly developed camping area at Evergreen Pond, along Scoville Road. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided, but no water or facilities. This is a carry in-carry out facility. In addition, 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.
  • Paddling: The 7-acre Evergreen Pond features paddling opportunities. A hand boat launch is located off Scoville Road.
  • Fishing: Fishing is allowed on the 7-acre Evergreen Pond.
  • Hunting & Trapping: Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.
  • Wildlife: Everything from black bear to black-throated blue warblers and brook trout to wild turkey reside in the Finger Lakes of New York. The grasslands are home to a variety of bird species including northern harrier and state-endangered Henslow's sparrow. White-tailed deer and fisher thrive in the forested hills, while beaver and mink flourish in the wetlands. Outdoorsmen and women from across New York State flock to this area year round for its exquisite wildlife watching and unbeatable hunting.