Grant Powell State Forest
State Reforestation Areas Lewis #18, #29, #36 and #38
This 8077 acre state forest is named for the first state district forester appointed to the Lewis-Jefferson county area. He was instrumental in most of the original local state land acquisition projects that formed the basis for the state forests that exist here today. A memorial plaque and small parking site established by his friends and co-workers can be seen along the south side of State Route 177.
This forest is located on the Tug Hill Plateau, with its associated poor soils and severe winters. The timber resource is comprised of mixed natural hardwood and spruce-fir stands, with a lesser amount of planted pine and spruce. Most of this timber is of low value, although DEC forestry professionals are continually improving timber quality through a program of carefully planned timber harvesting operations. Over 2000 acres of alder wetlands on the area provides wildlife such as the snowshoe hare with critical habitat.
Adjoining this state forest to the south is the Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area that contains over 5,000 acres of public land dedicated to the enhancement of native wildlife, and open to the public. Hunting for hare and white-tailed deer provides the public with a major outdoor recreational opportunity.
Every winter large numbers of snowmobilers and cross country skiers journey to the North Country to enjoy the deep winter snow conditions of this state forest and adjacent properties. Several notable trout streams, including Mud, Edick, Mulligan, and Cobb Creeks, lure fishing enthusiasts during the trout season.
Public access roads and trails found on the area include the Huckberry Forest Access Road(2.1 miles), The Tom Sawyer Snowmobile Trail(0.9 miles), and two combined hiking/motor vehicle access for people with disabilities by permit only roads: Beetree Trail(0.7 miles) and Ontoit Trail(1.0 mile).
From Lowville, take State Route 12 north 2.5 miles to the intersection with State Route 177. Take State Route 177 for 7 miles west to County Route 28 (Sears Pond Road) and turn left. Proceed 1.5 miles south.