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Indian Pipe State Forest

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Indian Pipe State Forest locator map

This 597-acre state forest is named for Iroquois Indian artifacts including pipe fragments that have been discovered in the area. Access through the central section of this forest is provided by the 0.7-mile long Dunes Public Forest Access Road. The property also contains an accessible fishing pier on the bank of Crystal Creek.

Featured Activities



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

Dunes Road, a .72-mile unpaved forest access road, provides multiple-use access to the center of the property. Crystal Creek trail is a short, .15-mile trail, in the eastern part of the property that provides access to the Crystal Creek fishing pier.


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.



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

Crystal Creek is stocked with brown trout below the New Bremen Dam to Van Amber Road. Access to Crystal Creek can be made from the Crystal Creek Parking Lot off of Muncy Rd. An accessible fishing pier is located on the edge of the creek, where anglers can fish for brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout.

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


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

a picture of the accessible fishing pier on Crystal Creek
Crystal Creek accessible fishing pier

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

The .15-mile Crystal Creek Trail is located in the eastern most section of the property and allows motorized access for people with mobility impairments. The trail begins at the Crystal Creek parking area off Muncy Road and continues down to an accessible fishing pier. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.


General Location Map of Indian Pipe State Forest

To Crystal Creek trailhead from Lowville, take State Route 812 north into New Bremen. Turn right on Tillman Road. After about 2 miles turn right on Ossont Road, turn left past the Baker Road intersection, and continue for approximately one mile to a "Y" in the road. At the "Y" bear left on the Muncy Rd. (gravel) and the general parking area is a short distance on your right.

  • Crystal Creek Parking Lot located off Muncy Road in the eastern portion of the property (43.82234268°N, 75.36806696°W) Google Maps (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 Indian Pipe 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.

Any special or pertinent regulations for the area and links to rules, regulation and safety tips regarding the activities allowed.

Specific Rules

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

How We Manage Indian Pipe 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

When the State of New York acquired this property in 1938 most of it was covered with blow sand that had developed from the depleted soils of failed subsistence farms. The daunting task of stabilizing the sand dunes fell to the state tree planting crews. This challenge was met with the establishment of miles of soil anchoring "sand fence" and the planting of hundreds of thousands of drought hardy scotch, jack, and pitch pines. The pine forest that exists today is the result of those efforts.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

DEC Lands & Facilities

Gas, food, dining, and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Beaver River Station, Brantingham, Croghan, Glenfield, Lowville, Lyons Falls, Port Leyden, Stillwater, and Turin.

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.