- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- Location: Town of Pitcairn in St. Lawrence County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 6A
- Map: Hickory Lake State Forest Map (GeoPDF) - GeoPDF Instructions || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips with links to rules and regulations.
Hiking on all trails is allowed year-round on this forest. There are two access trails. The Big Oak Access trail (0.9 mile) begins on St. Lawrence County Route 10 and provides access to the central part of the forest. The Cooper Road Access Trail (0.1 mile) provides access to the Northern portion of the forest.
General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips 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 a group of ten or more requires a permit from a forest ranger.
General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips an links to rules and regulations.
All trails in the forest are open to mountain biking. No trails are specifically maintained for mountain biking.
General information on cross-country skiing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.
All trails in Hickory Lake State Forest are open for cross-country skiing. No trails are groomed for cross-country skiing.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
The wildlife that may be present in Hickory Lake State Forest includes white tailed deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, mink, raccoon, black bear, red and grey foxes, and migratory songbirds. Smooth green snake, eastern garter snake, wood and painted turtles may also be present.
This forest can be accessed from St. Lawrence County Route 10, Cooper Road, and Castor Boulevard in the town of Macomb. There is one parking area located on the Cooper Road, adjacent to the State Forest sign.
All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.
Practice Leave No Trace Principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.
Follow the NYS Firewood Regulation to protect the forests you love from invasive species.
DEC developed the draft St. Lawrence Rock Ridge Unit Management Plan that describes proposed management activities for this and several other state forests in the area. DEC accepted public comments on the draft until April 30, 2022. Questions about this draft UMP may be sent to [email protected].
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 for information on outdoor guides.
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