Taylor Creek State Forest
Taylor Creek State Forest
Taylor Creek State Forest is composed of 1,860 acres located in the town of Pierrepont in central St. Lawrence County.
There are currently no developed trails on this state forest.
Camping - There are no designated camp sites on this property. Back Country Camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights 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.
This property provides large undeveloped areas suited for hunting, hiking and nature viewing.
Topography varies with upland areas supporting a mixture of northern hardwood, hemlock, 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.
This forest can be accessed from the Buck Pond, Davis, Eels, and Selleck Roads, and the "T" Public Forest Access Road in the town of Pierrepont.
Important Phone Numbers
Potsdam DEC Office (M-F 8 am-4:30 pm) (315) 265-3090
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: (518) 408-5850
Tips for Using State Forests
Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules which protect both the visitors and the forest environment.
CCC Crew digging a Waterhole along the Selleck Road c.1936
This forest consists of 13 separate parcels which were purchased between 1932 and 1963 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.
Many of the properties purchased by the state in the 1930s and early 1940s were exhausted farmland with little tree cover. The first priorities after the establishment of a state forest were to reforest the land, prevent soil erosion, and minimize the threat of wildfires.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) played an active role in the early protection and development of this forest. Crews from Camp S-134 in Pierrepont accomplished the following tasks on Taylor Creek State Forest between 1935 and 1941:
- Planted over 1,031,000 trees on 747 acres, with the major species being white pine, red pine, and white spruce. Other less common species that were planted include white cedar, Scotch pine, jack pine, several species of larch, white ash, and hemlock.
- Constructed 7 waterholes for fire control. Four of these waterholes still exist in various states of preservation, with a particularly good example located near the Selleck Road. The current users of our public lands should thank the former CCC crew workers for the impressive forests they see today.
Waterhole along Selleck Road 2012