Stewart State Forest

 

The 7000-acres Stewart State Forest was created in 2005 and protected as public land managed by the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation.  This land originally condemned for airport and industrial uses, was saved as open space by the 17-year struggle, and lawsuits of the grassroots organization, Stewart Park and Reserve Coalition (SPARC), together with environmental, sportsmen's and community groups, including the Sierra Club, the O.C. Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, and numerous other groups.  Stewart Forest is a mix of wetlands, ponds, fields, and woods traversed by about 18 miles of old town roads and consist of over 22 miles of trails. It is open for multi-use by the public, including bicycle riding, fishing, hiking, nature study, snowmobile use, horseback riding, dog training and big and small game hunting.  It is open to all users except during shotgun big game season, when it is closed to all but licensed hunters.

 

 

 

Image from Stewart State Forest Bike Tour

Image from Stewart State Forest Bike Tour