Boyce Hill State Forest
- Address: Franklinville, NY 14737, USA, United States
- Tags: Forest, Hiking Trail, Adventure, Adults
Boyce Hill State Forest is spread over 971 acres and has a beautiful combination of wooded areas and open grasslands. with a well-marked hiking trail and a designated camping site, this state forest has become a popular attraction among locals and travellers alike. Some people come here for fishing as there is a small pond nestled along Jackson Forest Road. Hunting is also permittable on the grounds, but make sure you have a license and other necessary documents.
Boyce Hill State Forest Reviews & Ratings
Really wonderful stretch of the FLT/NCT. Excellently maintained and marked.
This State Forest is great for day use or overnight camping. For day use, the Finger Lakes Trail/North County Trail runs right through the middle of the forest from Route 242 to Bakerstand Road. It is mostly wooded, with several different forest types (pine plantation, northern hardwood mix & some hemlock groves near the small stream crossings). There is also an equestrian trail here that can be accessed from the Bakerstand Road entrance. Near the Bakerstand Road entrance, you will find a small man-made pond just off the parking area. I don't know if this is stocked with fish or not. There are two options for overnight use here. The first is a small bivouac area near the pond/parking area. This is a good option for people who do not want to walk far. It is only about 100 yards from the parking area. If you are willing to hike in, there is a very nice lean-to with a fire ring and an open air privy along the hiking trail. It is a little more than a mile from either entrance, approximately at the midway point. The Route 242 entrance is very easy to find (there is a big brown & yellow DEC sign), but the parking is limited. The Bakerstand Road entrance is kind of hidden. You have to drive down Jackson Road (a short dead-end road the ends in a cluster of houses). Then take the driveway to the right, past one of the houses (there is a brown & yellow DEC sign here as well), and it will lead straight up the hill. Once you get to the top, it will level off and take you to the parking area. There is also a turnaround loop at the end so you don't have to back up with a horse trailer.