- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- Location: Town of Lewis, Lewis County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 6N
- Map: Raywood Unique Area Map (GeoPDF) - GeoPDF Instructions || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
This 307-acre unique area was reportedly named for the distinctive wood grain arrangement of the American beech tree, a species that is found on this forest and was at one time quite prevalent on nearly all of Tug Hill. The property was acquired by the state in 1990 as a public access project. This new state forest provided access to a 257-acre isolated forest preserve parcel which had been inaccessible to the public for the entire tenure of state ownership of the previous 102 years. The state forest was created for the purpose of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation and watershed protection.