Lesser Wilderness State Forest
State Reforestation Areas Lewis #2, #5, #7, #8, #9, #23, #25 and #33
This 13,793 acre state forest is actually a group of 6 neighboring forests with similar features. The area is located in the core of Tug Hill, with its mostly poor soils and severe winter conditions. Low quality natural timber stands and large expanses of ecologically important wetland areas predominate the landscape. Most of this property was acquired by the state during the 1930's and 1940's, and included abandoned open farm fields and cut over woodlands. Since that time NYSDEC has planted many trees in the open fields and through the efforts of the Department's professional foresters, conducted many carefully controlled timber harvests aimed at improving the health and vigor of the forest.
Recreational pursuits include traditional activities like trout fishing and white-tailed deer and small game hunting, as well as more contemporary winter activities such as cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Over 15 miles of maintained forest access roads, 1.8 miles of dedicated snowmobile trails, and 1.4 miles of roads limited to motor vehicle access for people with disabilities by permit only, round out the extensive public access offered by this unique area.
The Carpenter Road trail system, located on Lewis Reforestation Area 23, offers 8 miles of scenic pathways designated for skiing, biking and hiking.
From Lyons Falls, take State Route #26/12D 4.8 miles south to Constableville. Turn right on John Street then to High Market Road. Go 5 miles to the North Road. Turn right and proceed 2 miles.