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Hiking in Madison County
New York State Lands
The 848 acre Brookfield Railroad State Forest is part of the highly acclaimed 130 mile horse and snowmobile trail system that traverses over 13,000 acres of this state forest as well as the Beaver Creek and Charles E. Baker State Forests in southeastern Madison County. The main trailhead is located on Moscow Road and the trails are used by hikers as well.
The main trailhead includes a camping area that accommodates approximately 150 horses and campers with covered and uncovered tie stalls, stallion box stalls, a pavilion and picnicking and camping facilities. Drinking water, accessible toilets and a mounting platform for people with disabilities are also provided.
Hikers and cross-country skiers, as well as equestrians and snowmobiles, are welcome on the trails. The trails are identified on the map and on the ground by horse trail signs and numbers. You can expect to encounter interesting terrain with many different plants and wildlife species.
I am unsure why this state forest is named Brookfield Railroad. The "parking area" noted on the map below on Vidler Road is nothing more than roadside parking. Will Mason Road is a rough seasonal road not suitable for most vehicles. Hibbard Road is also seasonal, however can be driven on with cars.
DEC sign on Vidler Road.
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