Horseback riding is only permitted on designated trails at the main part of the forest on Genesee Rd.
Camping, hunting, open fires, off road bicycling and motorized vehicles are prohibited on the Bureau of Forestry properties and Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry regulations apply.
Water supplies are non-potable, so please provide drinking water for your activities.
The hours of operation are 7:00 AM- dusk.
Ample parking with 2 warm up huts with woodstoves, 2 picnic shelters with grills, public restrooms and a Visitor's Center with a woodstove and refrigerator capable of accommodating up to 50 people (rental necessary). A working maple syrup production facility (sugar shack) and a working sawmill are also located here. These facilities are open to public tours and demonstrations when in season (free, permit required).
A network of several miles of marked and unmarked trails traverse the property. These include the Scarbuck Trail, Silent Woods Trail Loop and portions of the Conservation Trail- which is part of the Finger Lakes Trail System. These trails may be used for hiking, snowshoeing and ungroomed cross-country skiing. Terrain varies from gentle to steep. A series of trails are specially designed for equestrian use and snowmobiling (http://www.wnysnowtrails.com/).
The Erie County Bureau of Forestry was established in 1927 in response to the acquisition of several thousand acres of forest and non-forest lands. Much of this area was abandoned farmland and is located in various areas of the County; mostly in Concord and Holland. The non-forested areas were planted with coniferous species of trees (Red, White and Scotch Pine, Norway Spruce and Larch) by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's.
The purpose of the Bureau is to manage and protect these properties for multiple use activities including: forest management, recreation, water quality, wildlife habitat, wood products and maple syrup production. Forests are one of the only renewable resources we have. They provide many benefits including: soil stabilization, improved air quality, homes for several species of reptiles, birds and mammals and providing raw materials for lumber.
Make your shelter/building reservation online or call (716) 858-8355 from 8:00 to 3:45 weekdays.