Beartown State Forest
State Reforestation Areas Lewis #12 and #14
The 7211 acre Beartown State Forest is named for its proximity to a former small pioneer settlement by that name. The main access road leading from the north into this forest also "bears" the same designation. Granite bedrock forms the base for the mostly shallow, poor soils found here. Rock outcrops are common, with beaver inundated wetlands occupying the low areas.
In addition to the ever-present beaver; white-tailed deer, snowshoe hare, an occasional bobcat, small fur bearers, and waterfowl of all kinds are in abundance. Hunting and trapping of some of these species are major local recreational pursuits. Trout streams, notably Weatherhead Creek in the north and Swiss Creek in the south, along with their tributaries, represent the main water drainage systems.
Because of the predominately poor soils, most of the trees growing on this forest are only fair in quality and species composition. Aspen, grey birch, scrub white pine and soft(red) maple are the most common trees, and represent relatively little in the way of significant valuable timber, although low quality stumpage sales are not uncommon. Aspen does provide fine grouse habitat.
Several gravel town roads, including Texas, Old State, Beartown, Toth, Cotton, Town, and Youngs Mill provide public access to the area. The 2.4 mile long DEC Aspen Hollow Forest Access Road connects Texas Road with Old State Road to the south. A number of utility transportation corridors cross the area, including the village of Carthage waterline, Niagara Mohawk electric transmission line and an underground gas line.
From Carthage, take County Route 42 north one mile to Rodgers Crossing Road, continue 0.5 mile to Texas Road. Turn right, proceed 3 miles.