Tug Hill State Forest
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Info: These trails are located in the town
of Rodman in the Tug Hill Forest, which totals 12,000 acres. Much of the
land was bought for $4 per acre in 1933, when it was abandoned agricultural
land. All cuttings to date have been thinnings, which make more room for
the healthiest trees to grow. Many thousands of dollars have been returned
to the State Treasury from the sale of this excess wood. In July 1995 a
severe storm, The Microburst, swept through the area and the downed
wood was salvaged by local loggers. DEC's Operations Unit and local volunteers
re-opened the trails. The impact of this storm will be evident for many
years to come. This is a popular cross-country skii trail area. (information taken from the DEC phamplet.)
One mountain biker e-mailed me this info - 'do not try the area marked "NO BIKES". Five years ago an expert biker lost his bike (GT Zaskar) over the edge and almost his life, he held onto a tree.'
Directions: From the north side of Route 177, about two miles west of Barnes Corners and .75 miles east of intersection of Route 177 and 189. The parking is well-marked on the north side of NYS Route 177.
Trail Distance: See legend in map below. Many different trails of varying lengths, comprising five loops of trails (five trails) totalling more then elevan miles altogether.
Date/Time Open: All year round.
Mountain Biking Allowed: Yes. Easy to hard.
Regular Biking Allowed: Not recommended in most areas. Many back dirt roads though.
Hiking/Walking Allowed: Yes.
Cross-Country Skiing: Yes.
Pets Allowed: ?
Built on Former Railroad Bed: No.
Special Instructions: None.
For More Information and Camping Permits: Write
to - NYSDEC, RD 3, Box 22A, Lowville NY, 13367, or call (315) 376-3521
or 785-2310 (weekdays 9 AM to 4:45 PM).
Trail Map (NOTE: please scroll right to display the rest of the map)
Last modified on Saturday June 14 1997.
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