Chazy Highlands State Forest
The Chazy Highlands State Forest has approximately 5,261 acres located in the Town of Danemora, Clinton County. A portion of these lands were transferred to the Department in 1966 along with many other parcels of land managed by the NYS Department of Corrections. The balance of the land (2,989 acres) that makes up what we now call Chazy Highlands State Forest was purchased from The Nature Conservancy Inc., in 2008.
In addition to hiking and multiple use trails, hiking is permitted anywhere on this state forest.
Hunting and Trapping
There are no designated camp sites on this property. Back country camping is allowed. Camping for more than 3 nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of water, road or trail.
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.
Tips for Using State Forests
Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules the which protect both them and the forest environment.
The largest portion of the lands that make up this state forest were owned by Domtar Corporation prior to 2005 when they were acquired by The Nature Conservancy Inc. The t-bar and structural remains found near the trailhead for Lyon Mountain were once part of the Lowenberg Ski Area. The Ski Area and proposed development were unsuccessful and closed. The t-bar and power lines are all that remain from this failed project. The old ski trails and lift lines are still used today by backcountry skiers.
During ownership the Department has conducted two timber sales on the property. All of these sales took place on the State Forest prior to the purchase of the Domtar lands from the Nature Conservancy Inc. The two sales resulted in a total of 129.2 thousand board feet (MBF) of stumpage being sold from this property.