Pittstown State Forest
|Pittstown State Forest is 1155 acres just a little North of Grafton Lakes State park and connects to it by several routes. Access to it is from dirt roads which can get muddy in the spring but are generally well maintained and plowed a little past the entrance in the winter.|
The main trail is the State Fire Lane which can be driven on for most of its length except in winter. There are many places to pull off and park. There are several trails to the North which hook up with snowmobile trails that extend outside of the park boundaries.
To connect to Grafton you can take the Old Ward Hollow Road a little less than a mile from the main entrance. This crosses private land and is closed for hunting season from September 1st through December 31st.
You can also go to the end of the fire lane, walk a short distance on Kings Road to Old North Long Pond Road and south to Grafton.
The western-most trail North of the Fire Lane is the only one that is currently marked. It starts off in camping area #3 as an old road which is part of a snowmobile route and is marked with both orange diamonds and yellow markers. At some point the trail heads East but if you miss that junction there is a rough but well defined path along the state forest border marked with yellow paint blazes which quickly hooks up with the real trail. The snowmobile trail continues in a northerly direction but is posted against use other than by snowmobile.
The trail is relatively smooth with few rocks except for 1 section and several old stone walls you have to cross. It is generally well defined and marked and has a gentle grade. There are numerous switchbacks making the trail resemble the coastline of Norway. There are supposed to be two junctions with trails headed East but they apparently aren't marked and don't appear obvious. Eventually the trail does split with a blue marker trail reaching the fire lane accross from the Old Ward Hollow Road and the yellow marker trail comes out a little east. The trail is about 3 miles.
The other trails on the North aren't apparently marked and can be difficult to find. There is one immediately after a stream passes through a culvert under the Fire Lane which becomes fairly well defined a short distance away from the road. The northern branch wasn't obvious but the trail headed East was. It passes within sight of the Brenenstuhl Cemetary if you look carefully to the east and reaches the Fire Lane somewhere around camping area #6. That part of the trail is a little under a mile.
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