Your best bet is Whispering Pines Hideaway
(WPH) which is just a few minutes north of Geneva (about a mile or two north of the Thruway on 14). Public land that is legally wheelable is hard to come by in NYS...
FWIW, a local club is having a sort of "Wheeling 101
" event at WPH in a few months. Mudnuts is a pretty cool group and members' rigs run the whole gamut from stock to insane. Super friendly bunch of guys AND gals.
Tomorrow (Sunday) there is a legal poker run in/near Bath
The best real wheeling you'll find is at Rausch Creek, about 3-4 hours south in PA. Unless you find someone with land.
You going to school at HWS? Or the chiropractor school?