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Lowville Forestry Demonstration Area

Lowville Forestry Demonstration Area

Hiking Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Fishing Picnic Area Firetowerparking Accessible icon key

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The Lowville Forestry Demonstration Area is located on 98 acres at the former NYS Lowville Tree Nursery. The nursery was in operation from approximately 1923 to 1971, and, during that time, a total of 530 million seedlings were produced. A demonstration forest was created here by planting trees together in blocks based on species. Demonstration Forests are used to show how different species of trees grow and look together. Most of these trees can be purchased as seedlings from the Saratoga Tree Nursery.

white birch trees planted in rows

The property also contains an arboretum with more than 400 species of native and non-native trees, shrubs, perennials and fruit trees. This area highlights hardy species that can grow in the northern New York climate. The property is also home to the Region 6 Lowville Sub-Office.

Featured Activities

Hiking

Hiking

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

The nature trail begins at the parking area kiosk and runs throughout the property. Hikers will venture through the Arboretum, picnic areas and forested areas on this trail. The Nature Trail is suitable to hike in the spring, summer, and fall and winter. However, due to high insect populations, long pants and insect repellant are recommended. Maps of the trail are available at the kiosk. The Story Walk Trail begins at the kiosk and intersects the Nature Trail at various points on the property. Each stop on the trail exhibits a different page to the story. Visitors are encouraged to walk the entire trail to read the whole story. The story is changed regularly to ensure a different reading experience for every visit. The Story Walk is an excellent trail for families and new readers. Visitors are asked to sign the Register located in the picnic area before going out on trails.

Fishing

image of a pond
Fishing

General information on fishing includes fishing tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations. In the North West corner of the Demonstration Area is a pond and marsh that can be used for recreational fishing. The pond has a variety of fish including perch, bullhead, pickerel, trout and sunfish. Overlooking both the pond and the marsh are accessible fishing decks.

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Cross Country SkiingSnowshoeing

General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to safety tips and links to rules and regulations. During the winter months, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted in the trail systems and in the arboretum.

Fire Tower

Firetower
image of a fire tower

The Fire Tower was originally located at Number Four. The upper section of the tower was moved to and displayed near the entrance of the Demonstration Area. The original tower was 90-feet tall and used to detect fire in the surrounding landscape. Visitors should feel free to climb the tower to the observation cabin at the top. A Ranger cabin sits at the base of the fire tower. It was moved to the Demonstration Area from Gomer Hill.

Wildlife Viewing

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state. The Demonstration Area is a wildlife haven. Visitors may see white-tail deer, cottontail rabbits, woodchucks, foxes, turtles, fish and a variety of birds. the arboretum is a useful foraging ground for numerous species of mammals and birds. Bluebird nest boxes are located throughout the property. However, tree swallows, house sparrows, chickadees and house wrens often also use the bluebird birdhouses.

Lean-to

a Lean-to

The Adirondack Lean-to is located in the arboretum for demonstration and educational purposes. It is a replica of a lean-to that people may see while hiking in the backwoods.

Picnic Areas

image of a picnic area with grill
Picnic Area

Picnic areas are located near the kiosk at the entrance to the Demonstration Area as well as near the pond and marsh. The picnic tables and grills are available for visitor use. In every picnic area, garbage receptacles are placed for convenience. The picnic areas have accessible parking and accessible paths to the tables and trails.

Accessible Features

Accessible

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access. Improved access sites are located at the pond, marsh and picnic areas.

The trails at these locations are made of a hard surface with accessible paths. Accessible parking and accessible fishing decks are located at the pond, the marsh and on the Black River.

  • Black River Accessible Fishing Parking (43.807870°N, 75.472552°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Accessible Fishing Pier Parking Area (43.811326°N, 75.481118°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Directions

  • Picnic Area and Trail Head Parking (43.808987°N, 75.473408°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC Website)
  • Lowville Sub-Office Parking Area (43.810047°N, 75.472811°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC Website)

From the West via Route 177 (from NYS Interstate-81): Get off on Exit 42 (Adams Center). Go right to the light and go straight through onto Route 177, 25 miles to West Lowville (end of Route 177) take Route 12 south 2.6 miles into Lowville stop light. Turn left at light (Route 812). Turn right at 2nd stop light (by church with clock) cross Railroad tracks. Turn left continuing on Route 812. Continue 1.3 miles to office on left, just past fire tower.

From the North via Route 12 (Watertown): Take Route 12 south out of Watertown 25 miles into Lowville to stop light. Turn left at light (Route 812). Turn right at 2nd stop light (by church with clock) cross Railroad tracks. Turn left continuing on Route 812. Continue 1.3 miles to office on left, just past fire tower.

From the North via Route 26 (Fort Drum, Carthage): Take Route 26 south into Lowville to the first stop light. Turn left at light (Route 812). Cross Railroad tracks. Continue 1.3 miles to office on left, just past fire tower.

From the East via Route 812 (Gouverneur): Take Route 812 south from Gouverneur to Harrisville. Make a left on Route 812 just before Phil's General Store. Continue south through Indian River, Croghan, and New Bremen. The office is located 2.4 miles past New Bremen on the right, just before the fire tower.

From the South via Route 12 (Utica): Take Route 12 north from Utica and follow signs to Lowville. Route 12 merges with Route 26 north. Follow to 5th stop light next to church with clock. Turn right onto Route 812. Cross railroad tracks, and make a left continuing on Route 812. Continue 1.3 miles to office on left, just past fire tower.

From the South via Route 26 and 12D (Rome): Take Route 26 and 12D north to Lowville. Route 26 merges with Route 12 north. Follow to 5th stop light next to church with clock. Turn right onto Route 812. Cross railroad tracks, and make a left continuing on Route 812. Continue 1.3 miles to office on left, just past tower.

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 the Lowville Forestry Demonstration Area 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.

How We Manage Lowville Forestry Demonstration Area

DEC has developed a Westward Waters Unit Management Plan (UMP) which describes the proposed management activities for these lands. 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. If you have any questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at information.r6@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands

Indian Pipe State Forest

Amenities

Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Croghan, New Bremen, and Lowville.

More information can be learned from the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce (leaves DEC website).