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Cerrillos State Forest
Spanish: Bosque Estatal de Cerrillos
Lago Cerrillos 2.JPG
Picnic area at Cerrillos State Forest, PR-139, km 3.4
Map showing the location of Cerrillos State Forest
Map showing the location of Cerrillos State Forest
Location in Puerto Rico
Location PR-139, km. 3.4
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 18°05′18″N 66°34′50″W / 18.08842°N 66.58058°W / 18.08842; -66.58058
Elevation 1,000 feet (300 m)
Area > 200 cuerdas (≈ 194 acres)
Status Public, State (Commonwealth) forest
Established 25 September 1996
Visitation (2012)
Events 1993 Central American and Caribbean Games
2010 Central American and Caribbean Games
Governing body Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources
Ecosystem(s) Subtropical Moist Zone (Zona Húmeda Subtropical):
-Tabonuco forest (Bosque de Tabonuco).
WWF Classification Puerto Rican moist forests
Disturbance Hurricanes
Forest cover 60% (approx.)

Cerrillos State Forest is one of the 21 state forests in Puerto Rico. It is located in barrio Maragüez, in the municipality of Ponce, and covers 200 cuerdas (190 acres; 0.79 km2) of valleys and mountains. The forest has several trails, observation areas, several picnic areas, complete with gazeebos and a man-made reservoir, Lake Cerrillos and the Lake Cerrillos dam.


The forest is located at 18.08842 N, 66.58058 W (18°5′18.31″N 66°24′50.08″W / 18.0884194°N 66.4139111°W / 18.0884194; -66.4139111), in barrio Maragüez, which is located northeast of the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. It can be reached via PR-139 Km 3.4. Its elevation varies from 400 to 1,000 feet above sea level.


Recreational activities permitted in this forest include fishing, hiking, kayaking, photography, picnicking, scientific research, and bird watching.

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