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Hickory Lake State Forest

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General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips with links to rules & regulations. Hiking on all trials is allowed year-round on this forest. There are two access trails. The Big Oak Access trail (0.9 mile) begins on St. Lawrence County Route 10 and provides access to the central part of the forest. The Cooper Road Access Trail (0.1 mile) provides access to the Northern portion of the Forest.


Primitive Camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips to rules & regulations. At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a forest ranger.

Hunting & Trapping


General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Hunting and trapping are allowed in accordance with State laws and regulations. Follow all safety guidelines, be prepared before going into the woods.



General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations.

Fishing is allowed in Hickory Lake.


mountain biking

General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips an links to rules & regulations.

All trails in the forest are open to mountain biking. No trails are specifically maintained for mountain biking.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

All trails in Hickory Lake State Forest are open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

No trails are groomed for cross-country skiing.


General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state. The wildlife that may be present in Hickory Lake State Forest includes white tailed deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, mink, raccoon, black bear, red & grey foxes, and migratory songbirds. Smooth green snake, eastern garter snake, wood & painted turtles may also be present.


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Fallen leaves in Hickory Lake Forest

This forest can be accessed from St. Lawrence County Route 10, Cooper Road, and Castor Boulevard in the town of Macomb. There is one parking area located on the Cooper Road, adjacent to the State Forest sign.

Cooper Road Sign & Parking area (44.460952°N, 75.538204°W) Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)

County Route 10 Sign and Trailhead Parking (44.452413°N, 75.514518°W) Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (Leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Hickory Lake State Forest must follow all State Forest Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Don't Move Firewood. The insects it carries could kill the forests you love.

How We Manage Hickory Lake Creek State Forest

DEC is developing a management plan which will describe the management activities for these lands. Hickory Lake is one of 15 State Forests, 9 Detached Forest Preserve Parcels and 2 Conservation Easements combined into the area called the St. Lawrence Rock Ridge Management Unit. In addition to forestry management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more. If you have questions and/ or comments about this UMP, please email us: Region 6 UMP mail box.

Nearby Areas and Attractions

The tourism offices above can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.

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