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Whippoorwill Corners State Forest

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Whippoorwill Corners State Forest covers 1,281 acres. 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 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 provide good fishing for brown trout, which is stocked each year.

Whippoorwill Corners is said to have gotten its name from the many whip-poor-wills that sang in the trees during summertime. Whip-poor-wills are birds which require early successional forests and shrublands for breeding and foraging. These habitats have decreased as old agricultural land has developed into more mature forest. Whip-poor-wills have declined in population but they are still present in many areas. They are now listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in New York State.

Featured Activities


There are several access trails and roads located throughout the forest that are open for hiking, cross country skiing, horse riding, and mountain biking. The picturesque Brookview trail provides access to over a mile of scenic Plumb Brook.

Primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. There are two designated camp sites on this property, located along the Burnell Access Road & Loop Access Road. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

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.


General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations

Mountain Biking
Mountain Bike

General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. All trails on Whippoorwill Corners State Forest are open to mountain biking. However, no trails are specifically maintained for mountain biking.

Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing
cross country skiing

General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. All trails on Whippoorwill Corners State Forest are open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. However, no trails are groomed for cross-country skiing.


The wildlife that may be present in the Whippoorwill Corners State Forest includes deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, mink, raccoon, black bear, fox, and migratory songbirds. Smooth green snake, eastern garter snake, wood turtle and painted turtle may also be present.

Plumb Brook after a heavy rain
Plumb Brook after a heavy rain


This forest can be accessed from the Blanchard Hill, Burnell, Forbes, and Loop Access Roads, and St. Lawrence County Routes 17 and 24 in the town of Russell. There are two parking areas located along Plumb Brook which can be accessed from the Burnell Road and St. Lawrence County Route 17.

There are 2 parking areas available. There are 2 campsites available. A campsite and parking area are located on the Burnell Access Road. A parking area is located adjacent to St. Lawrence County Highway 17. The second campsite is located along the loop access road.
Burnell Access Road Campsite: (Latitude: N44.41147, Longitude: -75.148048) Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
Burnell Access Road Parking: (Latitude: N44.411113, Longitude W-75.146786) Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
County Route 17 Parking Area South (Latitude: N44.39671, Longitude W-75.149945) Google Map (Leaves the DEC website)
Loop Access Road Campsite (Latitude: N44.40816, Longitude W-75.158207) Google Map (Leaves the 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.
All users of Whippoorwill Corners State Forest must follow all State Forest 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 Whippoorwill Corners State Forest:

DEC is developing a management plan which will describe the management activities for these lands. Whippoorwill Corners 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.

DEC is planning for input for development of this UMP and public meeting in 2015. Any individual or group who would like to provide comments on the future management of this unit can contact Forester Aaron Graves at NYSDEC, 6739 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY, 13676 or e-mail : Region 6 UMP mail box.

Nearby Areas and Attractions:

Grass River Wild Forest

Cranberry Lake Campground

St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce (Leaves DEC website)

Higley Flow State Park (Leaves DEC website)

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