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Frank E. Jadwin Memorial State Forest

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This 20,412-acre state forest, one of the largest and most diverse in New York State, spans the townships of Croghan and Diana. It was named as a memorial to former Conservation Department (now NYSDEC) District Forester Frank E. Jadwin, who was locally instrumental in the acquisition and establishment of the state forests which exist today. A memorial site and plaque was established after his death and can be found on the west side of State Route 812.The diversity of this forest is evidenced by over 12,000 acres of natural hardwood and conifer forest, 5,000 acres of softwood plantations, 2,500 acres of ponds and wetlands, and 500 acres of brush land, historic sites, and other unique areas. Unusually large and ecologically important wetlands such as Sunday, Patchin, Pine Creek, and Compo swamps drain into trout streams including the West Branch of the Oswegatchie River, Pine Creek, Blanchard Creek, Brown Creek, and Compo Creek.

Featured Activities

Hiking

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

There are 27 miles of multi-use trails and unpaved roads that may be used for hiking.

Camping

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

There are 2 primitive campsites located off Blanchard Creek Rd in the southern portion of the property.

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.

Paddling

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

A fairly easy paddle can be found starting at the bridge on Jerden Falls Road just north of Dutton Road and pull out at the fishing access area on Kimballs Mills Road just south of Kimbals Mills bridge.

Fishing

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

Many trout streams including the West Branch of the Oswegatchie River (which is stocked with brook and brown trout), Pine Creek, Blanchard Creek, Brown Creek, and Compo Creek are located across the property.

Jerden Falls fishing access site is 0.24 mile north of Jerden Falls bridge. There is a small parking area and a 0.4 mile trail leading to the West Branch of the Oswegatchie River.

Kimballs Mill Rd fishing access site, a small graveled pull off, located about one mile south of Kimballs Mills bridge in the center of the property on the West Branch of the Oswegatchie River.

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

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

Snowmobiling

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

There are 27 miles of multi-use trails and unpaved roads that may be used for snowmobiling and join up with the NYS Snowmobile Trail network.

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

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

There are 2.5 miles of trail located in the eastern portion of the forest that allow motorized access for people with mobility impairments. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.

Map of Frank Jadwin State Forest

Directions

From Harrisville, take NY State Route 3 south 3 miles to the intersection with State Route 812. Proceed 3 miles south on Route 812. All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Parking Areas

  • Q-Road parking area (1-2 car) located in the southern portion of the property, there is another 1-2 car parking area further down the unpaved Rd. (43.99831452°N, 75.32013973°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
  • Hays Flats Trail parking area (1-2 car), located off Dutton Rd. in the southern portion of the property, there are 2 more parking areas further down the trail (44.01616119°N, 75.33265805°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
  • Cherry Knoll haul road parking area (1-2 car), located off Jerden Falls Rd. in the southern portion of the property (44.02932118°N, 75.32272972°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
  • South PASNY Trail parking area (1-2 car), located at the end of the unpaved Lonesome Gate Rd. in the eastern portion of the property (44.04350452°N, 75.31447139°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
  • North PASNY Trail parking area (1-2 car), located at the northern tip of PASNY Trail, there are 2 more parking areas between these PASNY parking areas (44.06217951°N, 75.30640139°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
  • Browns Creek haul road parking area (1-2 car), located off Jerdens Falls Rd., in the eastern portion of the property (44.06493965°N, 75.30539027°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
  • Old Croghan parking area (1-2 car), located off Aldrich Settlement Rd. in the eastern portion of the property, (44.03541452°N, 75.42947469°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
  • Nelson PFAR parking area (1-2 car), located off Aldrich Settlement Rd. in the eastern portion of the property, (44.04127785°N, 75.39644803°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
  • Bernard Haul Rd parking area (2-3car), located off St. Rte 812 in the middle of the unit, (44.05147452°N, 75.35449304°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
  • Pine Haul Rd. parking area (2-3car), located off St. Rte 812 in the middle of the unit, (44.06388618°N, 75.35635638°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
  • Oswegatchie Corner pfar parking area (2-3car), located off St. Rte 812 in the northern portion of the unit, (44.09736451°N, 75.35919471°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)

Fishing Access Site

  • Kimballs Mill Rd fishing access site # 1, located in the center of the property (44.0719014°N, 75.34193025°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)

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 Frank E. Jadwin Memorial 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, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are all allowed on the property; however, the trails are not currently maintained for these activities.

How We Manage Frank E. Jadwin Memorial State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Westward Waters Unit Management Plan (UMP). In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains 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.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

DEC Lands & Facilities

Information regarding where to find amenities

  • Gas may be found in the nearby communities of Natural Bridge and Harrisville.
  • Lodging, dining opportunities, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby community of Harrisville.

Lewis County Chamber of Commerce (leaves DEC website) and Adirondacks Tug Hill (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.