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Brookfield Railroad State Forest


This multi-use trail system provides year-round recreation opportunities on 13,000 acres of state forest with 130 miles of horseback, hiking, cross country skiing and snowmobile trails. Originally purchased in the 1930s, like most of the State Reforestation Areas throughout New York, the 848-acre Brookfield Railroad State Forest is part of the highly acclaimed Brookfield Trail System which is located in southeast Madison County. The majority of the horse trails, including the assembly area, are located on the nearby Charles E. Baker State Forest. A multiple use trail system on Brookfield Railroad State Forest provides miles of enjoyment for hiking, snowmobiling and horseback riding. The assembly area on Moscow Road has facilities for 150 horses, a pavilion, picnic area, camping facilities and more. Don't let snow keep you off New York State's thousands of trails during the winter - grab a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes and enjoy your favorite trails all winter long! The solitude and all engulfing silence of the wilderness in winter await. Many trails are actually easier to traverse in winter as the rocks, roots, and mud are covered over with nothing but smooth, deep snow. You can go to areas otherwise not accessible in summer due to wet conditions and take short cuts across frozen lakes. You may be surprised that a day of exercise and exploring nature in winter could be so much fun! Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.