East Otto State Forest Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cattaraugus, New York and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and camping and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
East Otto State Forest also known as Cattaraugus Reforestation Area #15 is a forest of 1,354 acres. This state forest is located in Cattaraugus County in the towns of Otto & East Otto. The most common recreational use of this area is hunting and camping. Hiking, No formal trails exist on this property but old skid trails and farm roads provide some hiking. Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right of ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails. Stickney Pond on Kriedeman Road and Utley Brook are used for fishing. Skiing and Snowshoeing All roads and old skid trails may be used. Mountain Biking This is not a major activity on this property, but forest roads may be used. Horseback Riding This is not a major activity on this property, but forest roads may be used. Camping designated tent site disk Camping is allowed at 14 designated tent sites along Kriedeman Forest Road that are available at a first come first serve basis. These sites are numbered and have a primitive fire ring. These sites are also marked with a yellow camp disk. There are no out house facilities. This area receives heavy camping activity during the summer months, so camping is allowed only at designated sites to reduce environmental impact to the area. Parking is allowed at the entrance to each site but not beyond that. On other parts of the property, individuals may set up camp at any location which is at least 150 feet from water bodies, streams, roads or trails. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger (see phone numbers below).
We went camping here for the first time in early October at one of the 14 campsites on Kriedeman Forest Road. We only stayed one night, but it was well worth it. There was the most beautiful foliage I've ever seen! There is more info on Google, but the main things to note are it is free camping with no running water, bathrooms, or trash facilities. You have to bring everything in and everything back out. A gentleman walking by notified us that there had been some thefts from people's campsites over the summer, so we locked most things back up in our cars before bed. We only saw the forest ranger drive by once in the 26 hours we were there which was nice. You didn't feel like he was constantly watching you, but he'd be going by eventually if you needed to get his attention for something. We didn't do any hiking, but we did explore the ravine-type land behind our campsite. I would definitely go back again!