- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
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- Location: Towns of Charlotte and Cherry Creek, Chautauqua County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 9K
- Map: Boutwell Hill State Forest Map (PDF) || Boutwell Hill Ski Trail Map (PDF) || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
The 2,944-acre Boutwell Hill State Forest provides opportunities for many informal outdoor recreational activities. They are also a source of raw materials for New York's forest products industry, providing employment and income for many New Yorkers. These lands were purchased by the people of New York State starting in the 1930s for timber production, recreational use, watershed protection and wildlife.
In the 1930s, these lands were the site of many work projects carried out by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Established by the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the CCC provided employment opportunities for young men during the depression. CCC projects included construction of roads and planting thousands of pine and spruce trees in open areas.
Note that management practices in the state forest may disrupt trail use at times.