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Southville State Forest

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Southville State Forest covers 551 acres located in the town of Stockholm in northeastern St. Lawrence County.

Recreation

There is a 2.5 mile recreational trail loop (yellow markers) which begins on the Southville Road near the state forest sign and leads southwest through a mixed forest of pine plantations and northern hardwoods. It is open to hiking and cross-country skiing. There is also a short spur (red markers) which leads to an alternate parking area off the Southville Road.

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.

Hunting and Trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Fishing is permitted in the nearby St. Regis River in accordance with all fishing regulations.

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.

This property also provides large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.

Field Notes

The topography is variable with upland areas supporting a mixture northern hardwood and white pine forests. Pine and spruce plantations were established on what were formerly farm fields and pastures. Flatter ground supports open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to swamp hardwoods and white cedar in seasonal flooded areas.

A picture of the St. Regis River, viewed from Southville State Forest
The St. Regis River as seen from the trail in
Southville Forest.

Driving Directions

This forest can be accessed from the West Stockholm - Southville Road in the town of Stockholm.

Important Phone Numbers

Potsdam DEC Office (M-F 8 am-4:30 pm) (315) 265-3090

DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: (518) 408-5850

Emergencies: 911

Tips for Using State Forests

Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules which protect both the visitors and the forest environment.

History

This forest consists of 4 separate parcels which were purchased in 1941 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.

Much of the area is former agricultural land which has reverted to forest. Open fields were planted with a variety of species including red and Scotch pines, and white spruce. A total of over 383,000 trees were planted on 368 acres of this state forest between 1951 and 1959.

Southville State Forest is located adjacent to St. Lawrence County Forest #24 (Riverhill Forest), which is managed by the St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District.