Cottrell State Forest
State Reforestation Area Lewis #44
Although the official name of this property is Cottrell Park and Silvicultural Research Area, it is actually posted and managed as a state forest. In the mid 1990's the original 273 acre parcel was donated to the state as a gift and subsequently named in honor of the donor's family. The acquisition of this property is very important in gaining public access to two adjacent landlocked forest preserve parcels; Lot 153 and Lot 154. An additional 200 plus adjacent acres have since been acquired and added to this state forest. Both Eggar Brook and a tributary of Point Rock Creek have carved gulfs across the property.
Beaver are very active on this state forest, with numerous dams and lodges occupying the stream courses. Other wildlife in abundance on the area include white-tailed deer and snowshoe hare. The primary tree species occurring here is small diameter hard maple, red maple and hemlock. Since this land is a relatively new acquisition, no forest management practices have as yet been conducted here by DEC.
From Boonville, take Route 294 west to State Route 26 in West Leyden turn left then a quick right onto County Route 46. Go 2.3 miles and turn left onto the Kirk Road. Proceed 1.5 miles.