Discover Glenmeal State Forest

Glenmeal State Forest is host to a small network of year-round trails and is a particularly popular spot for cross-country skiing in the winter.
2.10 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Ungroomed Snow, Dirt/Forest Floor


The trails in Glenmeal State Forest are designed with winter non-motorized use in mind, but they can also be used by hiker or mountain bikers. In winter they can be snowshoed or skied, and are geared towards beginner and intermediate users. The network starts as a single trail from the parking area that connects to a public forest access road. Several marked loops branch off from several points along the forest road.

Other Information

Hunting and primitive camping are both allowed in Glenmeal State Forest; see the DEC website for more information.

Trail Manager

Glenmeal State Forest is managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Visit their website for additional information and a trail map.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Potsdam Sub-Office

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Potsdam Sub-Office
190 Outer Main Street - Suite 103
Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone: 315-265-3090
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Trailhead Information

The network is reached from County Route 24. A small parking area is marked with a DEC sign on the southeaster side of the highway.

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January 31, 2021
Beautiful trails. Saw moose tracks. Appreciated the previous advice about snow shoes vs. skis. A few spots it seems there are some spur trails. Once you follow them for a bit you don’t see trail markers. Perhaps these lead to private land? Didn’t follow them far enough to find out. The rest of the trails are well marked by blazes- red from the parking lot, yellow loop is to the south, blue loop is north.
January 18, 2021
After reading the trail description we went here to Xc ski. We found the terrain to be much better suited for snowshoes. We did the yellow loop and had a few steep climbs that required us to herringbone a good stretch. We’ll go back with snowshoes and explore the blue loop.

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