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Indian Pipe State Forest

State Reforestation Area Lewis #24

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This 597-acre state forest is named for Iroquois Indian artifacts including pipe fragments that have been discovered in the area. 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. Access through the central section of this forest is provided by the 0.7 mile long Dunes Public Forest Access Road.

Crystal Creek Trail and Fishing Pier

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The Crystal Creek accessible trail is located on Indian Pipe State Forest in the town of New Bremen. A short ATV trail open to individuals with a MAPPWD Permit (see link at right) provides access to Crystal Creek from the general parking area. An accessible fishing pier is located on the edge of the creek, where anglers can fish for wild brook trout.

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


To Indian Pipe State Forest

From Lowville, take State Route 812 north 5.3 miles to a right turn on Tilman Road, go 1.3 miles to Lomber Road. Turn right and proceed 1.25 miles.

To Crystal Creek Trail

General Location Map of Indian Pipe State Forest

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.