Swancott Mill State Forest
State Reforestation Area Lewis #26
This 744 acre state forest is named for the nearby sawmill and small settlement that once existed along the East Branch of Fish Creek. When the state acquired the property in the 1930's, this mill and associated buildings were little more than memories of the pioneering generation, and were evidenced only by the stone foundations that had been left behind. Today this forest is a mixture of 70 year old pine plantations and nearly mature northern hardwoods that are periodically thinned by carefully controlled timber harvests under the direction of DEC's forestry staff.
Excellent trout fishing opportunities await fishermen on both Powlish Brook and on Fish Creek and the Rome reservoir downstream. Other outdoor recreational opportunities include white-tailed deer and small game hunting, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and seasonal hiking and biking. The 0.8 mile long Swancott Mill public forest access road provides vehicular access to the interior of this state forest. Additional trails have motor vehicle access for people with disabilities by permit.
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 8 miles to Swancott Mill Road. Turn left and proceed 0.6 miles.