Raymondville State Forest
Raymondville State Forest is comprised of 641 acres located in the town of Norfolk in northeastern St. Lawrence County.
There is a 1.0 mile recreational trail posted with yellow markers which begins on the Grantville road and leads south through a mixed forest of white pine and northern hardwoods. It is open to hiking and cross country skiing. The property provides large undeveloped areas suitable for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.
Camping - There are no designated camp sites on this property. Back country camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of water, roads or trail.
Geo-caching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations.
The topography is very flat with extensive wetlands throughout the area. The wettest areas are dominated by open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to swamp hardwoods and white cedar in seasonal flooded areas. Drier upland sites support northern hardwood and white pine forests.
As with many state forests, much of the area is former agricultural land which has reverted to forest. Open fields were planted with a variety of species including red, scotch, and white pines, as well as white spruce. Secluded areas of the forest contain native balsam fir stands and scattered white pine trees measuring up to 37 inches in diameter.
This forest can be accessed from the Grantville, Joy, and Trippanyville Roads in the town of Norfolk.
Important Phone Numbers
Potsdam DEC Office (M-F 8 am-4:30 pm) (315) 265-3090
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: (518) 408-5850
Tips for Using State Forests
Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules which protect both them and the forest environment.
This forest consists of 7 separate parcels which were purchased between 1951 and 1990 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.