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Three Springs State Forest

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Recreational Activities

  • Accessible Trail
  • Primitive Camping
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking, Wildlife Management Unit 7M
  • Hunting
  • Nature Photography/Observation
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trapping

Background Information

Three Springs State Forest consists of 797 acres and is situated mostly in the town of DeRuyter. 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.

Access to the forest is from Carpenter Road where a public forest access road of 1.4 miles begins. There are two pull off sites (wide road shoulders) and a cul-de-sac at the end of the forest access road. An ATV accessible trail for people with disabilities is located on the property. A permit must be secured from the DEC in order to use an ATV on the accessible trail.

Hunters, hikers and bird watchers use the area and 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.

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

State Forest Regulations

Anyone enjoying the use of this State Forest must observe the following rules which protect them and the forest environment:

  1. Do not litter. Carry out what you carry in. Burying of refuse is prohibited.
  2. If you build a fire, do so with care and use wood from dead and downed trees only. Never leave a fire unattended.
  3. All motorized vehicles are restricted to access roads posted as motor vehicle trails. Off road use of motorized vehicles, such as ATVs, trail bikes and four-wheel drives is not allowed, except where specifically permitted by signs, posted notice or by DEC permit.
  4. 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.
  5. No permanent structures should be established, including tree stands or blinds.


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Travel State Highway 80 east of the hamlet of Sheds. Take Carpenter Road south to the entrance to the forest.

Important Numbers

State Forest Office (M-F 8am-4pm): 607-674-4017

Forest Ranger (Evenings, Weekends and Holidays): 315-886-1669

DEC State Forest Ranger Dispatch: 518-408-5850

Emergencies: 911