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Hiking in Madison County
New York State Lands
Stoney Pond State Forest has 1,469 acres of state land to explore. The 44 acre Stoney Pond features largemouth bass and panfish. The pond is home to blue herons, Canadian geese, mallard ducks and other waterfowl. A parking area and boat launching ramp is located on the pond. No gas powered motors are permitted. A day use area is located adjacent to the boat ramp.
The 13 mile long Stoney Pond Nordic Ski Trail System is very popular in this state forest. The trails wind through both natural forests plus plantations and around Stoney Pond. Most trails are designed for skiers with a beginner or intermediate skill level. These trails are great for hiking during the spring, summer and fall.
Camping is allowed at 14 designated campsites and requires a use permit between May 1 and September 30. Free permits may be obtained from the DEC Lands & Forests Office in Sherburne, in person or by calling (607) 674-4017 between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.
The camping sites are varied. One site can only be reached by backpacking around the pond. Most of the sites are nestled among a white pine plantation at the south end of Stoney Pond along the gravel loop road. Each site contains a fireplace. A couple of porta-potty's service the camping area. There is no running water at the campsites.
Campsite 7 in Stoney Pond State Forest
This is a great state forest worth exploring anytime of the year. Stoney Pond State Forest is located near the SUNY @ Morrisville campus for those college students looking for outdoor recreation nearby.
Directions: From US 20 in the hamlet of Nelson, head south on the Eireville Road for approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto Old State Road, heading east. In approximately 2.5 miles, head south on Jones Road to the State Forest.
Near the northern trailhead located on Jones Road.
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