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Three Springs State Forest

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Three Springs State Forest locator map

Three Springs State Forest consists of 797 acres. It adjoins the larger Muller Hill State Forest in the town of Georgetown. The terrain is rolling to a hilltop elevation of over 2,040 feet.

Hunters, hikers and bird watchers use the area. Some cross country skiers use the access road in winter. A public snowmobile trail runs through the property and a section of the North Country Trail passes through the property. A building containing directional location devices for planes is located adjacent to the property.

Featured Activities


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


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.

Fishing Access information is available.

Fishing Easement information is available.

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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 snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.


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

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General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

An ATV accessible trail for people with disabilities is located on the property. A permit under the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD) must be secured from the DEC in order to use an ATV on the accessible trail.


Travel State Highway 80 east of the hamlet of Sheds. Take Carpenter Road south to a public forest access road. There are two pull off sites (wide road shoulders) and a cul-de-sac at the end of the forest access road which is 1.4 miles long. (42.78296°N, 75.82178°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace (leaves DEC website) principles 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 Three Springs 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.

How We Manage Three Springs State Forest

Three Springs State Forest is part of the Muller Hill Unit Management Plan. A Unit Management Plan (UMP) guides the DEC's land management activities on several geographically related forests for a ten-year period, although a number of goals and objectives in the plan focus on a much longer time period. Each UMP addresses specific objectives and actions for public use and forest management.

Visitors will encounter stands of spruce, pine, larch and natural hardwoods. The property was purchased in the 1930's and soon after was reforested.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us info.r7@dec.ny.gov

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Madison County Tourism Webpage (leaves DEC website)

Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Cazenovia and Cortland.

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.