DEC Completes Improvements at Boutwell Hill State Forest

For Release: Friday, July 8, 2022

Increased Parking Capacity and New Accessible Trail Head Amenities

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the reopening of two parking areas at Boutwell Hill State Forest in Chautauqua County. Parking areas were temporarily closed during construction to improve parking capacity and install new trailhead amenities.

Improvements at the parking area located on Boutwell Hill Road in the town of Cherry Creek include doubling of the parking area’s size to accommodate more vehicles and truck/trailer traffic, as well as the addition of an accessible equestrian mounting ramp, accessible picnic pavilion, accessible port-a-potty, and horse stalls. This lot serves as a trailhead for the Chautauqua County Equestrian Trail System, the East Side Overland Trail System, and the Cherry Creek Sno-Goers snowmobile trails.

A second parking area located at the intersections of Lewis and Ruttenbur Road in the town of Charlotte was upgraded with new gravel, new culvert features for drainage, and the addition of horse stalls. Across from that existing parking area, a new large parking lot was constructed to accommodate large trucks and trailers. The new parking area includes an accessible equestrian mounting ramp, accessible picnic pavilion, and accessible port-a-potty. These lots service the Chautauqua County Equestrian Trail System, Cherry Creek Sno-Goer snowmobile trails, Boutwell Hill Ski Club Trails, and the East Side Overland Trail system.

Both parking areas and associated recreational trails are maintained in conjunction with DEC’s Volunteer Stewardship partnerships by Cherry Creek Sno-Goers, Boutwell Hill Ski Club, Chautauqua County Equestrian Trail System, and the Chautauqua County Parks Department.

Under the State’s Adventure NY initiative (PDF, 10 MB), DEC is making strategic investments to expand access to healthy, active outdoor recreation, connect more New Yorkers and visitors to nature and the outdoors, protect natural resources, and boost local economies.

New Yorkers are encouraged to Love Our New York Lands at all natural spaces. Love Our New York Lands this summer and fall by recreating sustainably, visiting trails less traveled, and always practicing Leave No TraceTM. For more information on planning an outdoor adventure in New York State, visit DEC’s website.



Horse Stalls at Boutwell Lot

large structure with gravel path leading to it

Pavilion at Boutwell Lot

large gravel parking lot

New Ruttenbur Lot

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