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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



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

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 and regulations.

There are two designated camp sites on this property, located along the Burnell Access Road and Loop Access Road. See Directions for specific location information.

At large primitive camping is also 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: 6C

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 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 and regulations.

Plumb Brook flows through the center of this state forest and provides good fishing for brown trout, which is stocked each year.

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 and 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 as well as 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: (N44.41147, W -75.148048) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Burnell Access Road Parking: (N44.411113, W-75.146786) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • County Route 17 Parking Area South (N44.39671, W-75.149945) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Loop Access Road Campsite (N44.40816, W-75.158207) 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 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.

Follow the New York State Firewood Regulation to protect the forests you love from invasive insects and diseases.

Planning and Management

DEC has developed a management plan which describes the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the St. Lawrence Foothills Unit Management Plan 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

  • Lodging, dining, gas, and food and other supplies may be found in the nearby communities of Gouverneur and Canton.

St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce (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.