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Silver Hill State Forest

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Silver Hill State Forest is composed of 783 acres located in the town of Russell in southwestern 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 two designated campsites located on the Silver Hill and McCarthy Roads. Backcountry camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited at any location within 150 feet from water, roads or trails, unless specifically marked as a campsite.

Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Fishing is allowed on Plum Brook.

Field Notes

The topography is variable 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.

Beautiful Plumb Brook flows through the center of this state forest. It provides many scenic waterfalls, pools, and riffle areas which are well suited for both fishing and nature photography.

A river running through Silver Hill State Forest.

Driving Directions

This forest can be accessed from the Cook, Curtis, Lawrence, McCarthy, and Silver Hill Roads in the town of Russell.

Important Phone Numbers

Potsdam DEC Office (M-F 8 am-4:30 pm) (315) 265-3090

DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: (518) 408-5850

Emergencies: 911

Tips for Using State Forests

Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules which protect both them and the forest environment.


This forest consists of 1 parcel which was purchased in 1952 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.

Much of the area is former agricultural land which has reverted to forest. Open fields were planted with a variety of species including white, red, and Scotch pines, and white spruce. A total of over 260,000 trees were planted on 335 acres of this state forest between 1954 and 1961.

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