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Mohawk Springs State Forest

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This 1,210-acre state forest is named for the cold springs that bubble up here, forming the headwaters of the historic Mohawk River. The forest consists of two neighboring parcels with similar traits. The state forest was created for the purpose of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation and watershed protection.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

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

There are 1.65 miles of trails that provide access to the forest and may be used for hiking.

Camping

primitive camping

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

At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

Fishing

fishing

General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations

The East Branch of the Mohawk River, which flows through the southern parcel, and Olmstead Brook, which flows through the northern parcel, each offer trout fishing opportunities for this property. Access may be restricted by the limited infrastructure in place.

North Central NY Fishing provides information on fishing in the area and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.

Hunting & Trapping

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

Snowmobiling

snowmobiling

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

There are 1.65 miles of trails that traverse the property. These trails join the NYS Snowmobile network of trails and are maintained and groomed by the Southern Tug Hill Sno-Riders (leaves DEC website) through a volunteer stewardship agreement.

Wildlife

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

Accessible Features

Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

There is .92-mile route, Apple Mill Trail, in the southwestern portion of the property that allows motorized access for people with mobility impairments. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.

Directions

Map of Mohawk Springs State Forest

From Lyons Falls take State Route #12-D south 7.2 miles to Kessler Road, turn left, proceed 0.5 miles.

  • Route 26 parking area (43.4931412°N, 75.4613113°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
  • Anna Road pull-off (43.535177°N, 75.437997°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

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 with other users.

All users of Mohawk Springs 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

Mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and horseback riding are all permitted on the property, however, there are no currently maintained trails for these activities.

How We Manage Mohawk Springs State Forest

DEC is developing a unit management plan (UMP) which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain 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 information.r6@dec.ny.gov.

The majority of this forest is comprised of pine plantations that were planted by the state soon after it acquired the land in the 1930s and again in the 1950s. Deep winter snows and relatively shallow soils constitute growing conditions that tax even the hardiest of tree species. However, today, under the careful husbandry of DEC's foresters, these stressed timber stands have developed into a nearly mature and increasingly valuable resource.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

DEC Lands & Facilities

Information regarding where to find amenities

  • Gas, dining opportunities, lodging, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Boonville, Constableville, Lyons Falls, Turin and Port Leyden.

Lewis County Tourism website (leaves DEC website) and Adirondacks Tug Hill region website (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.