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Cobb Creek State Forest

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Cobb Creek State Forest locator map

This 2,185-acre state forest is named for a major stream, Cobb Creek, which, over the millennia, has cut a deep gulf through the native limestone underlying the property. This area, consisting of undulating ridges and deep creek beds, is quite typical of the Tug Hill Plateau. In addition to Cobb Creek, two other streams, Mud Creek and Silver Brook help to drain the seasonal rains and deep winter snow.

Featured Activities



General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

There are two unpaved public forest access roads totaling approximately .5 mile that provide access to the forest.


primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.



General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations

The Deer River runs along the southwestern boundary of the forest. Cobb Creek, Mud Creek and Silver Brook meander across the property. All 4 water bodies provide excellent opportunities for trout fishing.

A pamphlet is available with maps of state lands and public fishing rights that depicts the Public Access for Fishing the Deer River (PDF 665 KB).

North Central NY Fishing provides information on fishing in the area and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.

Hunting & Trapping


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


General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Accessible Features

motorized access program 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.

There is a short .3-mile route, Cliff Road, located in southern portion of the forest that allows motorized access for people with mobility impairments. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.


Map of Cobb Creek State Forest

From Copenhagen, take Lewis County Route 17 (Woodbattle Road) South, proceed 3 miles. Turn left onto Thesier Rd., continue less than a mile and turn left onto Putnam Rd for the parking area.

  • Putnam Pond parking area (43.84715177°N, 75.67362266°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Cobb Creek State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Specific Rules

Mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are allowed on the property; however, there are no trails on this property currently maintained for these activities.

How We Manage Cobb Creek State Forest

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Tug Hill North Unit Management Plan (UMP). In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

Valuable timber stands of natural hardwoods and pine plantations are managed by DEC's forestry staff through carefully controlled timber sales. In 1994-95 approximately 250 acres of mostly open land surrounded by this state forest was purchased by DEC and subsequently planted to white spruce and wildlife trees, including many varieties of apples. In spite of harsh winters and tree browsing deer, many of these trees have survived, and are today beginning to provide cover and food for local wildlife.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

DEC Lands & Facilities

Information regarding where to find amenities:

  • Gas, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Copenhagen and Lowville.
  • Lodging and dining opportunities can be found in the nearby community of Lowville.

Lewis County Chamber of Commerce (leaves DEC website) and Adirondacks Tug Hill (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.