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Goulds Corners State Forest

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Gould Corners State Forest locator map

The Gould Corners State Forest includes two reforestation areas covering a total of 2,045 acres. It is named for the nearby intersection of Spring Street, Middle Road, Jerusalem Road and Washington Park Road (Co. Rt. 97). Over thousands of years the waters of South Sandy Creek have carved the canyon-like Lorraine Gulf into the shale bedrock. Today, this gulf offers spectacular scenic vistas along the southern boundary of this state forest.

Featured Activities

Hunting & Trapping


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

Visitors will encounter a large variety of animal and tree species. White-tailed deer, beaver, waterfowl, and small fur bearing animals are common.

Accessible Features

access for people with disabilities

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

Lomber Route, between Jerusalem Road and Dobbins Road (1.0 mile) is a designated motorized access route for people with qualifying disabilities for hunting and wildlife viewing. A permit from Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD) can be obtained from the nearest DEC office.


From Watertown, take Interstate 81 south to exit #41, Adams. Make a left onto Route 178 east. Go to Route 11, turn right at the stop light, then on the south side of Adams turn left on County Route 189 going toward Lorraine. Take the next left on Washington Park Road. Go 2.5 miles to Gould Corners and the state forests are on either side of the road.

Spring Street, Dobbins Road and Jerusalem roads are not plowed across state forest. There is 4-5 car parking at the end of Spring Street. (N43.80382, W75.97882) All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace (Leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts.

All users of Goulds Corners State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulation and should follows all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

How We Manage Goulds Corners State Forest

Tree species include plantation conifers such as red pine, white pine and scotch pine, along with natural stands of hemlock, hard maple, soft maple, white ash, and black cherry. Wood products harvested from this forest consist of pine pulp, poles, saw timber, high quality hardwood veneer, firewood and fuel chips. The Rodman - Barnes Corners deer yards and Jefferson County's Washington Park's recreational trail system also border this state forest.

Goulds Corners is part of Tug Hill North Unit Management Area. Tug Hill North Unit Management Area is comprised of 8 state forests and one wildlife management area. The unit is a patchwork of state owned parcels located west of Lowville, South of Copenhagen and east of Adams and located in the Lewis County towns of Harrisburg, Martinsburg, Montague and Pinckney and the Jefferson County towns of Lorraine, Rodman, Rutland and Worth.

The draft plan is linked below and also available on CD or for review in our Watertown or Lowville offices. Any individual or organization interested in providing comments on the management plan can contact Andrea Mercurio at NYSDEC 7327 State Hwy 812, Lowville, New York 13367 or e-mail r6.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Draft Tug Hill North Unit Management Plan (PDF, 1.74 MB)
Figure 2 - Soils Maps (PDF, 3.45 MB)
Figure 3 - Water Resources Maps (PDF, 1.28 MB)
Figure 5 - Facilities and Recreation Maps (PDF, 3.58 MB)
Figure 6 - Forest Stand Maps (PDF, 3.65 MB)

Map of Gould Corners State Forest

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Tug Hill State Forest

Jefferson County (Leaves DEC webpage)