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Eldridge Swamp State Forest

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Eldridge Swamp is fantastic for wildlife viewing and hunting. Forests, grassy areas and wetlands located on the state forest, in combination with the adjoining forested and farm landscapes, provides valuable wildlife habitat for this area. Although there are no official trails marked yet on this property, there is a network of old farm paths and logging trails located within Eldridge Swamp State Forest. The property is open to hiking and other non-motorized recreation. The Batten Kill flows along the northern border of the state forest, however, there are no formalized trails to access the river from this property.

Eldridge Swamp contains the southernmost known population of white spruce in NY that may be the third or fourth southernmost population globally. The swamp forest is a rare boreal ecosystem in the Hudson Valley lowlands.

Featured Activities

Camping

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General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations
There are no designated campsites; however, at-large primitive camping is allowed. Camping must be at least 150 feet away from a water body, road, or trail. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

Hunting & Trapping

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

Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons. The main furbearers and game species found within the property include white tail deer, grouse, woodcock, turkey and pheasant. Private properties adjoin Eldridge Swamp State Forest - Please respect private lands.

Wildlife

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

There is an abundance of wildlife found within Eldridge Swamp State Forest's unique ecosystem. In addition to the notable furbearers and game species, a wide variety of song birds, hawks, owls, moles, mice, raccoon, woodchuck, squirrels, fisher and porcupine can all be found within the property.

Directions

Parking Areas North to South

  • Northern Eldridge Swamp Parking Lot (43.06308°N, 73.336551°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • State Route 313 Parking Lot (43.058833°N, 73.338131°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Southern Eldridge Swamp Parking Lot (43.05684°N, 73.340721°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

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.

All users of Eldridge Swamp 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

Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed within the property but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities.

How We Manage Eldridge Swamp State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Northern Piedmont Unit Management Plan. In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands & Facilities

Lodging and dining opportunities as well as gas, food and other supplies can be found in the Towns of Jackson and White Creek and the nearby Village of Cambridge.

Washington County Tourism Office (leaves DEC website) and the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council (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.