- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
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- Location: Town of New Hudson, Allegany County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 9W
- Map: Crab Hollow State Forest Map (PDF) || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
The 1,154-acre Crab Hollow State Forest contains a mixture of native hardwood species and planted conifers. "Crab" is actually a misspelling of "Crabb", the name of an early resident. In recent years, the name of the nearby town road has been corrected to "Crabb Hollow Road".
The unit is a popular destination for hunting both big and small game. There are no trails on the unit but hiking is allowed throughout the property.
Lumbering was a major industry in the area during the early 1800s due to the abundant hardwoods, the availability of water power along Black Creek, and the development of the Genesee Valley Canal for transportation. Later, as more land was cleared for agriculture, many cheese factories dotted the countryside.
Crab Hollow borders the 4,571-acre Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Its namesake waterbody, Hanging Bog, straddles the State Forest/WMA boundary. It contains a floating mass of vegetation typical of a bog but is actually a lake, as it has an outlet into Crawford Creek. This is in contrast to the nearby Nature Conservancy-owned Moss Lake, which is actually a kettle hole bog.