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Sonyea State Forest

Natural Area or Park

An outdoor preserve which offers year round access with hiking trails, camping access, fishing spots, and hunting/trapping locations.


Open for recreation: Year-round
Fee: Free
Rules: Leave No Trace principles (carry in, carry out)
Directions: To gain access to this forest from I 390, exit 6, head south on State Route 36, then south (right) onto County Route 72, then north (right) onto Union Corners Rd, which ends on the State Forest.

The 922-acre Sonyea State Forest provides a rustic experience with a limited amount of development. People who have ventured through the forest have described it as an under the radar wonderland. Hikers have experienced many different forms of wildlife. From a few sightings of black bear to beaver and mink flourishing in the wetlands, there are plenty of fauna to see. The preserve also offers a number of different waterfalls and areas where camping is allowed for free. Hiking in this forest is relatively easy with little inclines and allows dogs if they are leashed.

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