Chautauqua gorge state forest – nys dept. of environmental conservation j gastroenterol hepatol

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Closed until further notice due to road wash out. On Hannum Road there is a day use area for picnicking that has pavilions, picnic tables, fire rings and a walking trail. An accessible ¼-mile loop trail circles around a larch and spruce plantation. The trail is made of crushed stone and is accessible to people of all abilities. This trail can be used for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. There is one pavilion with a fire ring and one trash bin that meets accessibility standards as well.

There is one port-a-john facility on site in the day use area that’s in place during peak season in the summer months only. Camping is not permitted in the day use area and may only be done elsewhere on the unit – see Camping section below. This is a carry-in carry-out facility. Please take all garbage with you when you leave the day use facilities.

Fires are allowed in the designated fire rings only. All fire rings in the day use area are equipped with a hinged cooking grate for grilling. Only dead or downed wood can be used. Please do not transport fire wood in to the area due to the recent outbreak of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle in New York State. New York State is implementing a plan to address the EAB. Obeying the firewood transport regulations will help prevent the spread of this devastating beetle. Camping

Improvements to picnic facilities and construction of a new trail in 2009 have enhanced recreational opportunities and improved access for people of all abilities at the day use area. Improvements include picnic shelters renovated with new metal flashing, new green metal picnic tables, new fire rings, crushed stone around each shelter and better drainage. Also, there is one port-a- john that is accessible in the day use area adjacent to the accessible parking. Closed until further notice due to road wash out.

In addition to picnic facility improvements, DEC constructed an accessible ¼-mile loop trail made of crushed stone. The trail head is located at the picnic area and can be used for hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Closed until further notice due to road wash out. Directions

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Chautauqua Unit Management Plan. In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural and human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

Conifer and hardwood timber management is practiced at Chautauqua Gorge State Forest. The conifer stands of pine and spruce were planted in old farm fields as they need open areas with direct sunlight to thrive. They are usually managed by a series of partial harvest thinning, which have created openings for sunlight to encourage natural regeneration of native hardwoods. The removal of the conifer overstory in the final harvest allows the hardwood seedlings to grow to maturity.

Hardwood trees are not usually planted as they spread vast amounts of seed and regenerate naturally. Periodic thinning of the forest through the sale of forest products gives the residual trees adequate growing space. This practice helps to keep the forest healthy and provides openings for new seedlings, a revolving supply of food and cover for wildlife, and source of future crop trees. Some hardwood stands contain large trees, giving an illusion of old growth. These stands were actually harvested prior to state ownership. Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information State Lands & Facilities

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.