“This ride covers most of the trails in Oakley Corners State Forest; cross-country style singletrack with lots of roots.”
— Cycle - CNY
Horseback riding is not permitted on the trails.
Oakley Corners State Forest offers some of the best classic cross-country mountain bike singletrack in the region. The south (Yellow) trails loop around several ponds and weave through root-filled forest trails. The north (Blue) trails offer tight singletrack and bigger climbs. This featured Oakley Corners ride hits the best trails in the forest over 15 miles.
Need to Know
Limited mobile phone coverage. Do not ride in wet conditions. Cycle-CNY is the local IMBA chapter. More information on the NYS DEC website
The Oakley Corners State Forest Multiple Use Trail System offers recreation for hiking, mountain biking and cross-county skiing. Oakley Corners can be accessed via Dutchtown Road which runs east and west across the middle of the forest. Road side parking is available.
The Oakley Corners Multiple Use Trail System is managed by the NYS DEC Region 7 office, and maintained by volunteers.
The trails are marked with typical DEC circular trail markers. All trails are designated by color and number. Local volunteers have done some amazing trail work over the last ten years, greatly improving the trail conditions and drainage.
The south (Yellow) trails offer a great introduction as they weave around the two ponds, offering some nice views with limited elevation change. The trails are a mix of dirt and roots, and mainly singletrack. The south trails see quite a bit more recreational activities than the north trails, as hiking, camping and fishing are popular near the ponds.
The north (Blue) trails shows of classic singletrack riding in the Finger Lakes region; tight singletrack, bigger climbs, and dense forest provides a more challenging experience.
History & Background
The forest was started between 1933 and 1947 to mitigate issues with soil erosion, create forest products, and establish an area for recreational opportunity.
The majority of the property was former pasture or tilled acreage that was altogether neglected. The DEC planted 837,000 pine, spruce, cedar and larch seedlings. Today nearly the entire area is forested, which has improved the soil conditions and all of the lumber harvested supports the myriad recreation opportunities in the area.