Lookout State Forest
State Reforestation Areas Lewis #31 and #32
This 3915 acre state forest was named for the Conservation Department's (now NYSDEC) New Boston Fire Tower that once stood on the property. From the late 1930's to the mid 1960's this tower was manned by fire observers during the dry season as an early warning system of forest fire detection. This tower, along with most others statewide were made obsolete by modern aircraft detection methods. The tower and the observer's cabin were removed from the site during the 1980's, thus ending a proud tradition of several generations. Today, the young stands of timber that were once protected by the tower have now grown to near maturity. Natural hardwood and spruce-fir forests are nearly equally mixed with pine and spruce plantations and ecologically important wetlands.
Recreational pursuits on this state forest include white-tailed deer and small game hunting, small stream trout fishing, and woodland hiking and biking. Deep winter snow conditions make winter sports such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing very popular. Access to the area is provided off the end of the Grant Road by the 0.9 mile Lookout Jeep Trail that leads to the old tower site, part of which allows motor vehicle access for people with disabilities by permit.
From Copenhagan, take Route #194 south, proceed 6 miles.