Texas Hill State Forest
Texas Hill State Forest, also know as Madison 8, is a 704-acre forest characterized by gentle and rolling terrain. The forest is located mostly at an elevation of almost 2000 feet and is about two and a half miles east of the village of Georgetown. There are two parking areas on the truck trail. Though there are no ponds or trout streams, a tributary stream to Pleasant Brook begins here. The forest offers good hunting for deer, grouse, turkey and woodcock. Winter access is poor, and there are no established recreational trails.
Texas Hill State Forest is part of the Lebanon Hills 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.
Anyone enjoying the use of this State Forest must observe the following rules which protect them and the forest environment:
- Do not litter. Carry out what you carry in. Burying of refuse is prohibited.
- If you build a fire, do so with care and use wood from dead and downed trees only. Never leave a fire unattended.
- 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.
- 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.
- No permanent structures should be established, including tree stands or blinds.
From Georgetown, travel east on East Hill Road 1.5 miles to Upham Road. Turn south (right) on Upham Road and take the first left onto Texas Hill Road. Travel approximately 8/10 of a mile and the main forest access road will be on your left (east side).
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