Earlville State Forest
The Earlville State Forest, also know as Madison 2 , is 634 acres and is located in the town of Lebanon about two miles west of the village of Earlville, at an elevation of nearly 1600 feet. There is a camping site located along the truck trail . One is near a spring which has potable water. Songbirds stop off here during their spring and fall migrations. The forest is used by hunters seeking deer, turkey and gray squirrel. Morgan Road and the forest access road for the property are not plowed during winter months, however, a snowmobile trail passes through the state forest.
Earlville 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 Earlville 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.
Travel north from the traffic light in Earlville approximately 1 mile. Turn left (west) onto Lebanon Road and go 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Morgan Road and up the hill to the State forest.
State Forest Office (M-F 8 am-4 pm): 607-674-4017
Forest Ranger (Law Enforcement and Weekends ): 315-886-1669
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: 518-408-5850