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The 9233 acre Winona State Forest is located along the boundary of southern Jefferson County and northern Oswego County. It is east of Interstate 81, west of Littlejohn Wildlife Management Area and is on the western edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. This area is one of the snowiest east of the Rocky Mountains with an average yearly snowfall of 250 inches.
The state forest offers many recreational opportunities, including: hiking, skiing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, trapping, dog sledding, bird watching and horseback riding. The state forest contains 21.8 miles of cross-country ski trails, 8.7 miles of snowmobile trails (some designated as New York State Snowmobile Corridor Trails), 9.9 miles forest roads, and 5 large parking lots.
In the early 1980's the DEC and local cross country skiing enthusiasts met to discuss a trail system, including one for cross country ski racing. This was logical since the Tug Hill Plateau has the biggest snowfall east of the Rockies and has reliable snow cover throughout the winter. The trails became known as the Tug Hill Tour-A-Thon Trails. These trails are well maintained and easy to follow. You can create many different loop options with the trails and forest roads.
Winona State Forest is well worth a visit.
Directions to this state forest: From Interstate 81, take Mannsville exit 39, then take County Route 90 east through Mannsville. About 2.75 miles out of Mannsville, county route 90 meets Dixon Road and turns to the right. This route bears left at the intersection with Wart Road and then right at Brown Road. The historical CCC camp is another mile down the road.
Hiking the Bronze Trail in Winona State Forest
Hiking along Bargy Road in Winona State Forest
|DEC Map of Winona State Forest(49Kb pdf)|