Raywood Unique Area
State Reforestation Area Lewis #43
This 307 acre unique area was reportedly named for the distinctive wood grain arrangement of the American Beech tree, a species found on this forest, and at one time quite prevalent on nearly all of Tug Hill. The property was acquired by the state in 1990 as a public access project. This new state forest provided access to a 257 acre isolated forest preserve parcel which had been inaccessible to the public for the entire tenure of state ownership of the previous 102 years. A mixture of softwood plantations and natural hardwoods on this forest, interlaced with numerous small wetlands, form a winter deer concentration area in conjunction with the old growth hemlock and red spruce on the forest preserve lot.
A severe windstorm hit part of this forest in 2001, damaging much of the timber close to Goodhines Road, temporarily blocking and closing this town road. Private timber harvesters, under contract with the state, quickly cleared and reopened the road and subsequently salvaged the wind damaged timber.
Outdoor recreational pursuits on this area include white-tailed deer and small game hunting, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and seasonal woodland hiking and biking. A private right-of-way leads southerly from Goodhines Road across this property to forest preserve lot # 38. Public use of this road is permitted, but be sure to not block it.
From Boonville, take Route 294 west 6.6 miles to West Leyden. Turn left on State Route 26 then a quick right on Route 46. Go 6.1 miles to Goodhines Road. Turn right and proceed 1.4 miles.