The Beaver Creek State Forest totals 3,484 acres and makes up the northern section of the Brookfield Trail System. This highly acclaimed horse and snowmobile trail system has over 100 miles of trails located on three state forests (Charles E. Baker State Forest, Brookfield Railroad State Forest and Beaver Creek State Forest). Beaver Creek aerial view Visitors to this area have many options for their recreational pursuits. The Brookfield Trail System covers approximately 25 miles within the State Forest, and is open to hiking, horseback riding and snowmobiling during the appropriate seasons. The other recreational trails are open for hiking, horse back riding, mountain biking, cross country skiing or snowmobile use. Fishing, hunting and canoeing provide other recreational opportunities on the forest. There are several primitive campsites that are available on a first come, first served basis. At-large primitive camping is also allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Equestrian riding has a season set from May 1st through October 31st each year. Organized trail rides or events need a temporary revocable permit (TRP) which can be obtained through the DEC's Lands and Forests office in Sherburne. Plan on two to three weeks for processing prior to the event. An application fee is also required. Proof of current negative Coggins certificate is required for all horses, and out-of-state horse owners are required to produce a 30-day health certificate. Beaver Creek horseback riding The Little Assembly Area on Fairground Road provides trailer parking and stabling for equestrian users with convenient access to the trail system.Visitors to this area have many options for their recreational pursuits and is open to horseback riding during the appropriate seasons. Don't let snow keep you off New York State's thousands of trails this 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! The Beaver Creek State Forest totals 3,484 acres and makes up the northern section of the Brookfield Trail System. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all equestrian trails.
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