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Old 06-22-2009, 02:15 PM
 
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Just got back from visiting upstate New York. Very pretty,,,,,,took route 12 up to Black Lake and took 81 the whole way home back into Pa. We saw beautiful mountains off the highway 81 below Syracuse and before and after Binghamton.....are there towns off this route that are good for hunting and get away cabins with inexpensive pricing?
Somewhere like Cortland county, Broome County around there I guess would fall in those categories.....not sure where I was at there but around that area. We are looking for mountainous, hunting, large secluded areas, dirt roads if any, possible four wheeling (if allowed in any of these counties) and snowmobiling. Far away from any main towns. Any imput? Thanks!
We usually visit our friend's cabin in Potter County Pa., we like the feeling of it there and wanting to see if this area of downstate New York had some kind of area like that, mostly people living rustic, visiting their hunting camps, four wheeling allowed on the roads, enjoying nature and where the people are not very populated.
I know upstate New York has more to offer to a point but too far of a drive for us most times of the year.

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Old 06-22-2009, 02:52 PM
 
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The area around Cincinnatus (suggested center of 20 mile radius for searching real estate web sites) used to be pretty cheap since there's no hope of finding work on what most would consider a reasonable commute from there.

If by "below Binghamton" on I-81 you mean to the south, that's Pennsylvania. Possibly lower taxes but higher land values due to being closer to the buying public. Try a 20 mile radius search on Thompson, PA and see what you like, that's outside of most folks commutes to wherever.

Land values in both areas have been affected by the underlying Marcellus Shale and the gas boom. The initial promise seems to have faded a bit with energy prices dropping from last year's highs. Not sure you can get woodland for <$1,000/acre anymore like one could, say, five years ago in these areas.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Eastern NY
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I suppose you could look just a bit to the east in the Catskills, if you're looking for hills, woods, dirt roads, etc. If the light pollution maps are indicative, the area around Bovina, Andes, the Pepacton Resevoir, and the Cannonsville Resevoir is the farthest from big cities.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:45 PM
 
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I responded before your seeing your edit.

Although the private land around Cincinnatus in eastern Cortland/western Chenango counties is probably about 50%+ absentee owned (it was before NYS considered the area for a nuclear dump about 20 years ago, the emptying out trend certainly hasn't reversed since), it was still farm country when a lot of the places in Potter County were already hunting camps. Potter County has had a longer time to develop the aura conveyed by Second Week of Deer Camp by Da Yoopers

I think if you really want to be driving ATV's on the roads there's no better place than "God's Country," Potter County itself, based on this: http://fullthrottleassault.com/legal/twp_roads/PA_ATV_roads.pdf (broken link)

If it has to be in NY for some reason (after considering that an out of state hunting license is probably still cheaper than NY property taxes), the Tug Hill Plateau region, where Oswego, Jefferson, and Lewis counties meet north of Oneida Lake, and northeast of Syracuse, is probably your best bet. Just a little bit off I-81.
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Old 06-24-2009, 05:46 AM
 
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Thank you so much for you help everyone! I am going to check these out on the map. There is no feeling like Potter so far, just wish we could find something less expensive but I guess the taxes in New York may make up for it in the long run? Thanks!
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:34 AM
 
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Default Just above Potter county..Steuben County,NY

Our area of New York is very similar to Potter county with the additional beauty of the Finger lakes. Currently I have two properties that border the state forest. These properties are on dirt roads with ample room for ATV trails. This area is refered to as the southern tier of New York just above the
Potter county area of Pa.
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Old 07-12-2009, 12:16 PM
 
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Thank you, will check into that as well!
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Old 05-29-2015, 10:49 PM
 
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Upstate NY is the area north of Albany (Mostly the Adirondacks). Although folks from NYC call anything outside of their city upstate, that is not the case. You have to talk to the residents of each area. For example: Buffalo is western NY, Syracuse is Central NY. Binghampton is Downstate (as well as all areas south of Albany) and Glens Falls/Plattsburgh is upstate. This is from someone that has studied the map of New York for 40 years. People need to know that the term New York is referring to the State and if you are referring to New York City, you call it just that...New York City. Another good example is the term Washington. Washington is on the west coast, Washington, DC is the East Coast. The White house is in D.C (or Washington, DC) but that is not the same as saying it is in Washington. In a world where everyone is trying to be politically correct, they still are not.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:53 AM
 
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Although geographically correct...I've never heard of the southern tier (Binghamton west to Elmira) referred to as downstate.....esp by the folks from below the Catskills.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Tioga County
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Oh...and its Binghamton...not Binghampton.....doubt it'll ever be confused w/the Hamptons.
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