Silver Hill State Forest is composed of 783 acres located in the town of Russell in southwestern St. Lawrence County.
There are currently no developed trails on this state forest. The property does provide large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.
Camping - There are two designated campsites located on the Silver Hill and McCarthy Roads. Backcountry camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited at any location within 150 feet from water, roads or trails, unless specifically marked as a campsite.
Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Fishing is allowed on Plum Brook.
Geo-caching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations.
The topography is variable with upland areas supporting a mixture of northern hardwood, hemlock, and white pine forests. Pine and spruce plantations were established on what were formerly farm fields and pastures. Flatter ground supports open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to swamp hardwoods and white cedar in seasonal flooded areas.
Beautiful Plumb Brook flows through the center of this state forest. It provides many scenic waterfalls, pools, and riffle areas which are well suited for both fishing and nature photography.
A river running through Silver Hill State Forest.
This forest can be accessed from the Cook, Curtis, Lawrence, McCarthy, and Silver Hill Roads in the town of Russell.