- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
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- Location: Towns of Ellington and Gerry, Chautauqua County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 9K
- Map: Harris Hill State Forest Map (PDF) || Harris Hill Bike Trails Map || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
Harris Hill State Forest encompasses 2,271 acres. These lands were purchased in the 1930s for timber production, recreational use, watershed protection and wildlife. These areas now provide opportunities for many informal outdoor recreational activities. They are also a source of raw material for New York's forest products industry, which provides employment and income for many New Yorkers.
In the 1930s, Harris Hill was the site of work projects carried out by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC, established by the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, provided employment opportunities for young men during the Depression. The projects on this unit included the planting of thousands of pine and spruce trees in open areas, along with protection activities such as blister rust control and boundary line identification.