Pine Hills State Forest Trails

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The following map is of the Pine Hill State Forest which has 24 miles of trails for equestrian use located near Onoville Marina.

Trails:

Trails around Pineapple Junction & above the power line are natural woods soil with a minimum elevation change. Most trails below the power line are hilly with natural woods soil & occasional rocks.  Trails leading up to Rocky Top are natural woods soil & hilly, Rocky Top itself is rocky with a minimum elevation change.

Footing:

natural wood’s soil; shoes are recommended, due to some rocks.

Markings:

DEC trail disc markers are used on all trails in the system. There are wooden trail name signs & “you are here” letters that correspond to the trail map.  There is occasional pink ribbon used to guide you.

Camping:

Free camping is allowed at Pineapple Junction Trailhead on Carr Corners Rd. There are 8 level, graveled sites for camper trailers. There are high line poles & a fire ring.  There are also 4 camp sites at the Little Bone Trailhead off of Little Bone Rd. These are both carry-in carry-out sites & you need to bring all your own water. Please clean up your manure & hay & scatter it in the woods. If you plan to camp more than 72 hours, call the DEC Ranger for a free permit at (716) 699-6154.

Trailer Parking: 

These areas have a day parking areas. Pineapple Junction Trailhead on Carr Corners Rd & Little Bone Trailhead on Little Bone Rd.

Directions:

Take I-86, exit 16; turn onto Main St. towards Randolph; take a right onto Larkin St. which is just over the first bridge on Main St. (Over Battle Creek); go to the end of that street and turn right onto Archer Hill Road; go to end of that road and then turn left onto Pine Hill Rd. At the top of the hill, Pine Hill Rd will take a sharp right and Pierce Run Rd will be to the left.  Take Pierce Run Rd to enter into Pine Hill State land.  Take the first left at Carr Corners Rd.; Pineapple Junction Parking area with a circular driveway is on left at the top of the hill.

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New Equestrian parking/camping on Little Bone Run Rd.

There is a new parking lot on Little Bone Run Rd. From Bone Run Rd. it is about a mile up on the right. There is room for 8-10 rigs. There are two trails from the lot to the Rocky Top section of the trail, there are also two trails that go down to the Phillips Brook Rd. Bring water for your horses as the small creek may be dry.

South Valley State Forest - trails

The southern part of the forest includes a section which reaches just short of a summit on a narrow ridge with an impressive and fairly clear view of the Onoville Marina area.  The actual summit is within the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers boundary.  There is a clear path on the ridge but it eventually leads into private property in the lower portion of the ridge.  A trail through the state forest (through a nice stand of Hemlocks) connecting between the ridge and the intersection of W.Perimeter rd. and Brown rd. would be nice.  Ideally, trails could also connect further south to the Allegheny National Forest and further north to the Onoville Marina.

Thank you for the suggestions

We'll make sure the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Cattaraugus County planners and the volunteers who maintain the trails hear your suggestions.

Thank you for the trail suggestions.

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