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Catherineville State Forest

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Catherineville State Forest covers 1,623 acres. This forest consists of 17 separate parcels which were purchased between 1933 and 1988 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection. 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 red spruce-balsam fir and swamp hardwood stands in poorly drained areas.

Featured Activities



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

Hiking on all trials is allowed year-round on this forest.


primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips with 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.



General information on biking includes how-to and safety tip with links to rules & regulations. Biking is allowed on Catherineville State Forest.

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 in accordance with State laws and regulations. Follow all hunting safety guidelines, be prepared before going into the woods.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

cross-country skiing

General information on Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips with links to rules and regulations.

Cross-country skiing and Snowshoeing are permitted on Catherineville State Forest. No trails are specifically maintained for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.


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

Accessible Features

accessible features

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

The Firewood Trail is 0.3 miles long and is open to people with disabilities through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD). Holders of MAPPWD permits may use this trail with an ATV for hunting, camping, and similar recreational activities. Permits for Hunters with Disabilities must also be obtained for those wishing to use an ATV for hunting.


This forest can be accessed from the Fletcher, Hayden, and Santamont Roads, and the Circle Public Forest Access Road in the town of Hopkinton.

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Former CCC Waterhole beside the Fletcher Road

Fletcher Road Access (44.63611°N, 74.717254°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)

Hayden Road Access (44.632966°N, 74.746862°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)

Santamont Road Access (44.640164°N, 74.721146°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)

Circle Public Forest Road Access (44.632097°N, 74.731522°W) Google Map (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 Catherineville 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.

Don't Move Firewood. The insects it carries could kill the forests you love.

How We Manage Catherineville State Forest

DEC is developing a management plan which will describe the management activities for these lands. Catherineville is one of 13 State Forests and one Conservation Easement combined into the area called the St. Lawrence Foothills Management Unit. In addition to forestry 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 any questions and/ or comments about this UMP please email us: Region 6 UMP mail box.

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 and Camp S-120 in Brushton accomplished the following tasks on Catherineville State Forest between 1935 and 1940:

  • Planted over 690,000 trees on 665 acres, with the major species being white spruce, white pine, and red pine. Other less common species planted include white cedar, several species of larch, red ash, and American elm.
  • Constructed 6 water holes for fire control.
  • One waterhole created by the CCC is still visible along the Fletcher Road, surrounded by a large wetland area.

Catherineville (also spelled Catherinesville) was once a busy community with over a dozen different families living in the area now encompassed by state forest. There was also a schoolhouse located near the intersection of the Fletcher Road and the Circle Public Forest Access Road.
Catherineville State Forest is located adjacent to St. Lawrence County Forest #'s 8 and 38, which are managed by the St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Lodging, dining, gas, and food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Hopkinton, Parishville, Potsdam.

St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce (leaves DEC website) and Franklin 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.