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Cadyville State Forest

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Cadyville State Forest is located just east of the Adirondack Forest Preserve boundary. The 371 forested acres have been used mostly for timber harvests and have little recreational development. The parking area near the intersection of Route 3 and Route 374 is only 10 miles west of downtown Plattsburgh, making it an attractive destination for non-motorized recreation.

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

Cadyville State Forest features 4 miles of unmaintained logging roads open to all non-motorized uses, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. There is an access point and a place to park off of Jennings Road which is the main access route to Cadyville State Forest.


primitive camping

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

There are no designated camp sites on this property. Primitive camping is allowed. Camping must also 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.



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

Cadyville State Forest features 4 miles of unmaintained logging roads open to biking and other non-motorized recreation.

Hunting & Trapping


Wildlife Management Unit: 5C

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

Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons. The main game species 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.

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

cross-country skiing

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

Cadyville State Forest is open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. There are no maintained or groomed trails, however, 4 miles of unmaintained logging roads are used by cross-country skiers and snowshoers.


The 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 inhibit or pass through northern Clinton County at one time of the year or another.

Horseback Riding

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

Horseback riding is allowed on Cadyville State Forest. The 4 miles of unmaintained logging roads are open to horseback riding and other non-motorized recreation.


The Jennings Road Parking Area is located near the gate. Beyond the gate, Jennings Road continues on town land for about half a mile to the boundary of Cadyville State Forest.

  • Jennings Road Parking Area (44.718091°N, 73.629132°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.

All users of Cadyville State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follows all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Planning and Management

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 and human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

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

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Gas, food and other supplies as well as lodging and dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Plattsburgh.

Adirondack Regional Tourism Council (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.

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