Sodom State Forest
Sodom State Forest covers 1426 acres located in the town of Madrid in northeastern St. Lawrence County.
There are currently no developed trails on this state forest. The property does provide large undeveloped areas well suited 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 3 nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping within 150 feet of water, roads or trails is prohibited.
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 spread 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.
This forest can be accessed from Ruddy Road and State Highway 310 in the town of Madrid.
Important Phone Numbers
Potsdam DEC Office (M-F 8 am-4:30 pm)
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 6 separate parcels which were purchased between 1949 and 1952 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.
Sodom State Forest is located adjacent to St. Lawrence County Forest #1, which is managed by the St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District.