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Earlville State Forest

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Earlville State Forest is 634 acres with an elevation of nearly 1600 feet. One can hike into the forest using the public forest access road (PFAR) which doubles as a snowmobile trail in the winter. There are no formal trails on this property but hiking is allowed anywhere unless posted otherwise.

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primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.



General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations.

Fishing Access information is available. Fishing Easement information is available.


Hunting & Trapping


General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations.

The forest is used by hunters seeking deer, turkey and gray squirrel.



General information on snowmobiling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.


General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.


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. Trapporgan Road and the PFAR are not plowed during winter months.

Western Parking Area (42.759105°N, 75.605719°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Eastern Parking Area (42.755702°N, 75.592823°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace (leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Earlville State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

How We Manage Earlville 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.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Madison County Tourism (Leaves DEC website)

Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Hamilton or Norwich.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.

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