- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
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- Location: Towns of Ward and West Almond, Allegany County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 9P
- Map: Palmer's Pond, Phillips Creek, and Turnpike State Forests Map (GeoPDF) - GeoPDF Instructions || Palmer's Pond MAPPWD Trail Map (PDF) || Horse Trail Network Map (PDF) || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
Palmer's Pond State Forest totals 3,645 acres. This area provides opportunities for outdoor recreational activities like snowshoeing, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, camping, hunting, fishing, bird watching and nature photography.
The state forest is also a source of raw material for New York's forest products industry which provides employment and income for many New Yorkers and provides for various habitats for many wildlife species such as deer, rabbit, grouse and turkey.
In the 1930s, Palmer's Pond State Forest was the site of many 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. CCC projects included the construction of roads and the planting of thousands of pine and spruce trees in the open areas on the property.