West Parishville State Forest
West Parishville State Forest covers 792 acres located in the town of Parishville in northeastern St. Lawrence County.
The Red Pine, Stark, Buck, Kidney Killer, Sandy Hill and Scotch Pine trails provide access from the Russell Turnpike Road. The Pumpkin Hill trail provides access from the Pumpkin Hill Road. This property also provides large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.
Camping - There are no designated camp sites on this property. 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.
Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right of ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails.
Geo-caching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations. See the February 2005 article in Conservationist Magazine for more information on geo-caching.
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.
This forest can be accessed from the Pumpkin Hill and Russell Turnpike Roads in the town of Parishville.
Important Phone Numbers
Potsdam DEC Office (M-F 8 am-4:30 pm)
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: (518) 408-5850
Tips for Using State Forests
Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules which protect both them and the forest environment.
This forest consists of 7 parcels which were purchased in 1949 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. A total of over 376,000 trees were planted on 427 acres of this state forest between 1958 and 1960.
West Parishville State Forest is located adjacent to St. Lawrence County Forest #'s 13 and 37, which are managed by the St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District.