The 6684-acre State Forest is located in Livingston and Ontario Counties. Featuring two beautiful lakes and 14 miles of hiking trails. This is a popular recreational destination, with a small park off Rix Hill Road near NY 15A. The park features great views of Hemlock Lake, picnic tables, grills, and a pavilion.
Popular hiking trails:
Bur Oak- two trailheads, one on Blank Road, the other on Rix Hill Road. It is located north of Hemlock Lake.
Walnut- follows an old road near the northwestern shore of Hemlock Lake. You find the ruins of foundations of the former homes that once were on the lake. The trail travels about 0.75 miles.
Northern Hemlock Lake- popular biking trail that follows an old road about three miles on the eastern shore
Southern Hemlock Lake- on the southeastern shore. The parking area is near a boat launch.
Willow Oak- follows an old woods road to Town Line Falls and continues as a loop near Reynolds Gully. Pick a day after a lot of rain or snowmelt if you want to see the falls in all its glory. Short hike to the falls. If you do the whole trail it is a round trip of 1.5 miles.
Rob's Trail- built in 2008 by the Nature Conservancy as a memorial to honor the memory of Rob van der Stricht. Large parking area just off NY 15A.
Canadice Lake- follows an old road along the whole western shore. A side trail on the northern section gives a nice view of the spillway of Canadice Lake. Southern section features a side loop trail, cattails trail.