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South Hammond State Forest

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South Hammond State Forest covers 2,086 acres and is located in the towns of Hammond and Rossie in northwestern St. Lawrence County.


There are currently no developed trails on this state forest. The property provides large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.

Camping - There are no designated campsites on this property. Back country camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of water, roads or trail.

Hunting and Trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted.

Field Notes

The topography is very hilly with thin soils and rocky exposed ridge tops. There are few tree plantations on this property. Native white pine can be found across the landscape. Poorer sites are dominated by red and white oaks, eastern hophornbeam, hickories, and other species adapted to dry and nutrient poor soils.

A unique feature of this forest is an area of exposed Sandstone Pavement Barrens (a type of barren rock). The barrens contains pitch pine and other fire adapted species which are unusual in the surrounding landscape.

Sandstone Pavement Barrens
Sandstone Pavement Barrens

Driving Directions

This forest can be accessed from the South Hammond and Split Rock Roads in the town of Hammond, and the Butler Road in the town of Rossie.

Important Phone Numbers

Potsdam DEC Office (M-F 8 am-4:30 pm) (315) 265-3090

DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: (518) 408-5850

Emergencies: 911

Tips for Using State Forests

Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules which protect both them and the forest environment.


This forest consists of 13 separate parcels which were purchased between 1947 and 1992 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.