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Peck Hill State Forest

The Willie Marsh Interpretive Trail will be closed for maintenance during the summer with renovations scheduled to finish in the fall. A half mile of the trail, along with one of the boardwalks and a viewing platform will also be made accessible.

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Peck Hill State Forest locator map

Peck Hill State Forest is a 2,868-acre property located just south of the Adirondack Blue Line. It contains an interpretive trail that crosses boardwalks and a viewing platform overlooking the marsh. It also provides several miles of snowmobile trails.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

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

The 1.47-mile Willie Marsh Interpretive Trail explores a beautiful wetland habitat. There is a viewing platform, interpretive stops and boardwalks that traverse the marsh and open water. A trail guide and maps are available at the trailhead.

There are 16.23 miles of unmarked trails, multi-purpose trails and snowmobile trails that may be used to explore the state forest.

Camping

primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links 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 groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

Hunting & Trapping

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trapping

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

Snowmobiling

snowmobiling

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

There are roughly 11 miles of snowmobile routes that traverse the state forest and join the NYS Snowmobile Network of trails. The snowmobile routes in the area are maintained and groomed by Ful-Mont Snow Travellers Inc. (leaves DEC website) through a volunteer stewardship agreement.

Wildlife

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Accessible Features

Motorized Access Program for People With Disabilities

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

There are a few routes (totaling approximately 4.78 miles) that start in the northwestern section of the unit and traverse the center of the property to the southeastern corner of the forest. These routes allow motorized access for people with mobility impairments. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.

There is also a .31-mile ADA Accessible trail that leads to Willie Marsh, located in the northwest corner of the property.

Full listing of DECs Accessible Recreation Destinations.

Directions

  • Elm Road (Route 101) parking lot (43.0537491°N, 74.4019241°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Willie Road parking lot (43.0830345°N, 74.4423828°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Route 131 parking area (43.04789°N, 74.41232°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and 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 Peck Hill State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Specific Rules

Mountain biking and fishing are all allowed on the property, however, the unit is not maintained currently for these activities.

How We Manage Peck Hill State Forest

DEC is developing a unit management plan (UMP) which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to 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 info.R5@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

Gas, food, supplies, dining, and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Gloversville and Johnstown.

Fulton and Montgomery Chamber of Commerce (leaves DEC website) and the Fulton County I Love NY (leaves DEC website) 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.