East Osceola State Forest
State Reforestation Area Lewis #21
This 1975 acre state forest is located just east of the hamlet of Osceola, thus it's name; East Osceola State Forest. Early settlers to the area named the bustling crossroads community after the famous Seminole Chieftain Osceola. This community was immortalized in a humorous 1914 poem written by a disgruntled snow-bound visitor to the area. Part of the poem dealt with the prevailing extreme local snow conditions. Today, these same snow conditions provide an exceptional winter recreational venue to snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. Another well known local attraction is the annual summertime Fiddlers Convention and nearby Fiddlers Hall of Fame.
Bordering this state forest are isolated Forest Preserve Lots #134 (75 acres), #127 (265 acres), and #98 (182 acres). This forest provides public access to these unique undisturbed forest preserve parcels located outside of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. The newly acquired Fish Creek easement also borders the state forest to the east.
The majority of this state forest consists of rolling hills of second growth hard maple, red maple, hemlock and yellow birch, along with some pine and spruce along County Route 46. DEC forestry staff regularly conduct carefully controlled timber sales on this forest, maintaining a vigorous forest while at the same time providing the forest industry with critical raw materials.
Trout fishing opportunities on this state forest are outstanding, with the Salmon River, Malloy Brook and Smith Brook often providing anglers with a memorable recreational experience. A public fishing access trail and parking lot is located off County Route 46 just east of the hamlet of Osceola. Main access routes through the forest include the 1.1 mile Malloy truck road, which only allows motor vehicle access for people with disabilities by permit, and a .4 mile groomed snowmobile trail off the Driscoll road.
From Osceola, take County Route 46, proceed north 2 miles.