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Macomb State Forest was once part of a federal reservation where the 26th infantry troops trained during World War II. It is now used for recreation with more than 5 miles of forest roads, multiple use trails, and snowmobile trails. This 1000-acre state forest is located a few miles west of Schuyler Falls, and adjoins the northern boundary of Macomb Reservation State Park (leaves DEC website).

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

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

Macomb State Forest features a 1-mile loop hiking and biking trail. Access the trail from the Squire Pond Parking Area.

The property also features 4 miles of multiple use trails which cross the property and connect with the adjacent Macomb Reservation State Park (leaves DEC website).

Camping

primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

There are no designated camp sites on this property. At large primitive camping is allowed. Camping must be at least 150 feet away from a water body, road, or trail. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

Biking

biking

General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips with links to rules & regulations.

Macomb State Forest features a 1-mile loop hiking and biking trail. Access the trail from the Squire Pond Parking Area.

The property also features 4 miles of multiple use trails open to biking. These trails are maintained for snowmobiling in the winter and cross the state forest connecting in multiple locations with the adjacent Macomb Reservation State Park (leaves DEC website).

Hunting & Trapping

hunting
trapping

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

Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons. The main game species hunted found on the property include whitetail deer, black bear, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, snowshoe hare, coyote, and waterfowl. The main furbearers found on the property include fisher, beaver, mink, muskrat, raccoon, and otter.

Snowmobiling

snowmobiling

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

Macomb State Forest features more than 4 miles of multiple use trails open to snowmobiling in the winter.

These trails are maintained by Trail Finders Snowmobile Club, Inc., who have an Adopt a Resource agreement with the DEC. New York Snowmobile Trails Interactive Map (leaves DEC website)

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

snowshoeing
cross-country skiing

General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

Macomb State Forest is open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. There are no maintained or groomed trails, however all trails are open to cross country skiers and snowshoers.

Horseback Riding

horseback riding

General information on horseback riding includes safety tips and rules & regulations.

Horseback riding is allowed on the 4 miles of multiple use trails in Macomb State Forest.

Wildlife

Northern Clinton County contains large tracts of wildlife habitat with some boreal, bog, and other unique habitats. Many birds (Peregrine Falcon, Wood Duck, Yellow Warbler) and mammals (Black Bear, White Tail Deer) are commonly found here. More than 50 species of mammals and hundreds of species of birds inhabit or pass through Northern Clinton County at one time of the year or another.

Directions

The Squire Pond Parking Area fits 8 cars and is located on the east side of the forest off of Austin Road.
(44.629913°N, 73.586155°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

The Ridge Road Parking Area is located off Burnt Hill Road on the west side of the forest.
(44.61976°N, 73.658635°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace (Leaves DEC website) principles 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 Macomb 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

Site-Specific Rules

Target shooting is allowed at the Snay Road gravel pit ONLY. Any target materials brought in by users should be removed at the end of the shooting session. The area is regularly patrolled. No shooting is allowed on the rest of the State Forest, other than hunting during DEC hunting seasons.

How We Manage Macomb State Forest

DEC is developing a management plan 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: r5.ump@dec.ny.gov

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

Lodging and dining opportunities as well as gas, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby community of Plattsburgh.

Adirondack Regional Tourism Council (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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