Golden Hill State Forest seems to be off the radar for most outdoor enthusiasts. I’ve been there three times on three perfect days and not once have I run into another person. The trails are by far more interesting and aesthetically pleasing than any of the FLT trails in Cattaraugus County.
There are two main trails with a few spur trails off the main trails. These are multi-use trails for hikers and mountain bikers. Most of the trail resembles a narrow game trail. Markings are sparse, although there are DEC red and blue markers and some flagging. It is a pleasure to hike in a state forest in Cattaraugus County without being constantly annoyed by the ubiquitous FLT/CT/NCT orange or white paint blazes every ten feet. Does everyone in the Finger Lakes Trail Conference own stock in Strathmore Paints?
I was there on a Saturday. Temperatures in the 60’s. Mild breeze. Clear blue skies. No humidity. Did not come across another person. Did see deer, a snake, several frogs, lots of caterpillars, and feathers of a recently devoured bird.
Check it out. You’ll like it. Unless you are one of those people who hikes to get a patch or certificate.
But I’m not going to tell you where it is or how to get there because it is too precious a place to blab all over the net. You have the name and you know it is managed by the DEC. That should be enough for you to find it.