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This 3,915-acre state forest was named for the Conservation Department's (now NYSDEC) New Boston Fire Tower that once stood on the property. From the late 1930s to the mid 1960s, this tower was manned by fire observers during the dry season as an early warning system of forest fire detection. The tower, along with most others statewide, were made obsolete by modern aircraft detection methods. The tower and the observer's cabin were removed from the site during the 1980s. Today, the young stands of timber that were once protected by the tower have grown to near maturity. The state forest is made up of natural hardwood and spruce-fir forests with pine and spruce plantations and ecologically important wetlands.

Featured Activities



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

There is a 0.31-mile of unpaved forest road (Lookout Trail) that may be used for hiking.


primitive camping

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

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.

Hunting & Trapping


Wildlife Management Unit: 6K

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



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

There are no maintained trails for snowmobiles on the property; however, a section of the NYS Snowmobile Trail network runs through the property along McGowan Road.


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

motoroized access program for people with disabilities

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

Lookout Road is a short 0.31-mile route in the northwestern portion of the forest that allows motorized access for people with mobility impairments. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.


Map of Lookout State Forest

From Copenhagan, take Route #194 south, proceed 6 miles.

  • Dike Access pull-off parking area, off Cty Rte 194 (43.838574°N, 75.770081°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Lookout Rd. and trail head off of Grant Rd. (43.833073°N, 75.735683°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (leaves DEC website) 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 Lookout 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.

Specific Rules

Mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are allowed on the property; however, there are no trails on this property currently maintained for these activities.

Planning and Management

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Tug Hill North Unit Management Plan (PDF, 7.9MB). In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural and human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Gas, dining opportunities, food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Barnes Corners and Lowville.
  • Lodging may be found in the nearby communities of West Lowville and Lowville.

Adirondacks Tug Hill (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guidebooks 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.