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Ushers Road State Forest

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The 118-acre Ushers Road State Forest is conveniently located in the Clifton Park/Halfmoon area and features two multi-use trails.

Featured Activities

Hiking

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

There are two marked trails within Ushers Road State Forest open to non-motorized recreation. Ushers Road Trail is about 1.5 miles long and loops back around to the trailhead located near the parking area. Spur Trail is much shorter and connects to the Zim Smith Trail (leaves DEC website) which leads off of the property.

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 on the property include red fox, cottontail rabbit and woodcock.

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

Ushers Road State Forest is open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. There are two marked multi-use trails that are used by cross-country skiers and snowshoers, as well as, other non-motorized recreation users.

Wildlife

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

Saratoga County has a variety of wildlife. An assortment of birds (including song birds, owls and hawks), as well as, mammals (including moles, mice, squirrels and chipmunks) can be found within the Ushers Road State Forest in addition to the notable hunting and trapping species. Whitetail deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse and eastern coyote have also been reported in the area. White Pine and Hemlock trees can be found within the property as well.

Directions

  • Ushers Road Parking Area (42.912427°N, 73.772273°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) principles 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 Ushers Road 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

How We Manage Ushers Road State Forest

DEC has developed a Draft Unit Management Plan for State Forests in Saratoga and Warren Counties which describes the proposed management activities for this lands. 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.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us r5.ump@dec.ny.gov.

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 nearby communities of Round Lake and Clifton Park.

Saratoga County Tourism Webpage (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.