- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
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- Location: Towns of McDonough and Preston, Chenango County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 7M
- Map: McDonough State Forest Map (GeoPDF) - GeoPDF Instructions || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
McDonough State Forest is located 10 miles west of Norwich, in the gently rolling hills of the Allegheny Plateau. Both the Finger Lakes Trail and the New York State Corridor Snowmobile Trail pass through the forest, and many of the unpaved town roads are ideal for mountain biking and horseback riding.
Bowman Lake State Park adjoins McDonough State Forest, and both the Finger Lakes Trail and the snowmobile trail cross from the state forest into the State Park. Bowman Lake State Park provides camping, swimming and other developed recreational activities and facilities.
As of September 2021, Berry Hill fire tower is open to the public for recreation from sunrise to sunset. The fire tower is located just north of McDonough State Forest on Tower Road, also a section of the Finger Lakes Trail, which passes through both the state forest and park. The viewshed from the fire tower stretches into the counties of Broome, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, and Tioga.