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Sugar Hill State Forest

  • 3361 Tower Hill Rd
    Watkins Glen, NY 14891
  • (607) 776-2165
Among its many attractions is the Six Nations Recreation Trail System, approximately 35 miles long. A portion of the trail system is located on Goundry Hill State Forest. It is open for horse use in the summer months, and snowmobile use when there is sufficient snow cover. Foot travel is encouraged all year round. The main trail head for the system is the Sugar Hill Fire Tower and Recreation Area located near the north end of the Sugar Hill State Forest, off of Tower Hill Rd. At that location you will find parking, water, flush toilets, the fire tower, rangers cabin, picnic area and pavilion, 16 horse stalls, rec building, kiosks with sign-in sheets, an accessible horse mounting ramp, two radio towers, a couple of archery targets and field area for camping. The rangers cabin and rec building are usually closed for public use. The fire tower observation deck is closed, but the stairs up to the top landing are open for climbing at your own risk. On a clear day the view is spectacular. Camping and picnicking are first come-first serve for the prime locations. Large groups need to contact the DEC Bath Sub-Office and get a Temporary Revocable Permit (TRP). There are usually four or more large, organized gatherings each year, so check the kiosk or call the DEC Bath sub-office. The 16 horse stalls are also first come-first use. After these are full, horses may be tied to vehicles, or to stakes firmly implanted in the ground or paddocked. Horses may not be tied directly to a tree, to minimize damage to the tree.