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Taylor Creek State Forest

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Taylor Creek State Forest is composed of 1,860 acres and provides a wide array of outdoor recreational opportunities. The state forest was created for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation and watershed protection.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

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

There are 2.1 miles of unpaved roads and trails that provide access to a largely undeveloped forest.

Camping

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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.

Paddling

paddling

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

Eels Pond offers a hand boat launch, across from the parking area, for non-motorized boats to access and explore the pond.

Fishing

fishing

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

North Central NY Fishing provides information on fishing in the area and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.

Hunting & Trapping

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

Wildlife

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

Directions

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.

  • Eels Road access trail parking lot (44.4682579°N, 75.0433884°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) 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 Taylor Creek 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.

Specific Rules

Mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are allowed on the property; however, there are no trails on this property currently maintained for these activities.

How We Manage Taylor Creek State Forest

CCC Crew digging a Waterhole along the Selleck Road c.1936
CCC Crew digging a Waterhole along the Selleck Road c.1936

DEC is developing a unit management plan (UMP) which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us information.r6@dec.ny.gov.

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
Waterhole along Selleck Road 2012

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.

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.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

DEC Lands & Facilities

Information regarding where to find amenities

  • Gas, lodging, dining opportunities, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Canton, Colton, Potsdam, Russell and South Colton.

St. Lawrence County tourism (leaves DEC website) and St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

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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