Rules and Regulations

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Rules and Regulations

County Trails include any designated pathways or areas of land which are under the supervision and control of the County of Chautauqua through the County Park Commission.  Certain Acts are Prohibited on County Trails:

A. No person shall operate or store a motor vehicle upon any portion of the County trails at any time.

B. No person shall ride on horseback or operate any horse drawn sleigh, wagon or similar conveyance on any County trail.

C. No person shall camp for a period exceeding twenty-four (24) hours at any designated camp area on or adjoining any County trail. Camping shall be confided to designated areas only. Foregoing provisions shall not be applicable to State owned lands.

D. No person shall ignite or maintain any fire on or adjoining a County trail, except at areas designated for campfires. Foregoing provisions shall not be applicable to State owned lands. No person shall leave any fire unattended.

E. Trespassing on private lands adjoining County trails is prohibited.

F. No person shall deposit, discard or dump any garbage, refuse trash, litter or rubbish on or alongside any location other than at sites or in containers provided for such deposits.

G. No person shall injure, deface, disturb or befoul any part of a County trail or building, sign, equipment or other property found thereon, nor shall any tree, flower, fern, shrub, rock or other plant or mineral be removed, injured or destroyed.

H. No person shall use threatening, abusive or insulting language, perform any obscene or indecent act, throw stones or other missiles, interfere with, obstruct or render dangerous any trail, do any act tending to or amounting to a breach of the peace.

I. Every person shall comply with the reasonable demand, direction or order of any authorized person; every person shall comply with directions or signs controlling use of County Trails


 The Chautauqua County overland hiking trails make extensive use of rights-of-way passing through NY State forests.  In these areas, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Rules and Regulations compliment and append County Hiking Trails Rules & Regulations. 


NY State Reforestation Rules and Regulations


  • Areas used for temporary camping on state lands must be kept in a neat, clean and sanitary condition.  Garbage and refuse must be removed
  • Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond or other body of water except at camping areas designated by the DEC.
  • No person may pollute in any manner, nor deposit waste material of any kind in or on department waters.
  • Temporary camping in one location for four nights or more is prohibited except under permit.  No temporary camping permit will be issued to any person for a period in excess of 14 consecutive nights and such permit may not be renewed or a new permit issued to the person for the same location in the same calendar year.
  • Temporary camping is restricted in certain posted areas and no person may camp on such areas without a permit.
  • Upon termination of camping all equipment and supplies must be removed from the State land.  The storage of personal property on State land is prohibited.
  • No temporary camping permits will be issued to individuals under 18 years of age.
  • No group of 10 or more individuals may camp on state lands at any time except under permit.
  • No fires are permitted except for cooking, warmth or smudge.  No fire shall be lit until all flammable material has been removed from the perimeter as is necessary to prevent its spread.  No fires shall be left unattended until extinguished.
  • No wood except from dead and down trees shall be used for fuel.