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Lewis County



Lewis County is located in northwestern New York State, slightly northeast from Syracuse.  The eastern part of the county is in Adirondack Park.  A good portion of the Tug Hill Plateau is in the western part of the county.  The county is home to the Black River Valley. The county seat is Lowville.  The 2110 foot Gomer Hill is the highest point in the county.

In January 1997, the county was socked with a world record snow burst as 6.5 feet of snow fell on parts of the county in a 24 hour period.  The county receives many feet of lake effect snow each year, which makes the area popular for winter recreation.  It is a great place for outdoor recreation all year long. The population of this rural county was 27,087 according to the 2010 US Census.  We've ranked Whetstone Gulf State Park as one of the top 25 hiking destinations for New York State Parks.  There are numerous state forests to explore as well as the 76,000 acre Independence River Wild Forest located in the eastern part of the county, inside of Adirondack Park. 

Check out the trails in 13,793 acre Lesser Wilderness State Forest especially the Carpenter Road Trail System. Tug Hill State Forest is another great place for hiking in Lewis County.  Be sure to explore the ten miles of hiking trails at Baker Woods Preserve. Take some time and explore Frank Jadwin State Forest.  At 20,412 acres, this state forest is one of largest state forests in New York and has over 18 miles of gravel forest roads. Look below for links to help plan your next outdoor adventure in Lewis County.  If there are trails and places you'd like us to add, please email us at  Thanks for visiting our site.  We hope that we were able to assist you in planning your next outdoor adventure.

Outdoor Recreational Opportunities in Lewis County

Independence River Wild Forest Whetstone Gulf State Park Balsam Creek State Forest
Beartown State Forest Bonaparte's Cave State Forest Cobb Creek State Forest
Cottrell State Forest Croghan Tract East Branch Fish Creek State Forest
East Osceola State Forest Frank E. Jadwin State Forest Granger State Forest
Grant Powell State Forest High Towers State Forest Hogsback State Forest
Independence River State Forest Indian Pipe State Forest Lesser Wilderness State Forest
Line Brook State Forest Lookout State Forest Lowville Demonstration Area
Mohawk Springs State Forest Onjebonge State Forest Otter Creek State Forest
Pinckney State Forest Raywood Unique Area Sand Bay State Forest
Sand Flats State Forest Sears Pond State Forest Swancott Mill State Forest
Tug Hill State Forest Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area Watson East Triangle Wild Forest
Baker Woods Preserve Lyons Falls Talcottville Falls
Deer River Gorge Pepperbox Wilderness Sand Pond
Agers Falls    

Kings Falls in the Deer River Gorge

Map of State Land in Lewis County

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Please be aware that hiking can result in injuries, sometimes serious.  If your not careful on your hike or not properly prepared, it can be a matter of life or death in some instances.