Winona State Forest

This 9,233-acre state forest is on the boundary of New York’s southern Jefferson County and northern Oswego County. It’s on the western edge of the Tug Hill Plateau, known as one of the snowiest areas east of the Rocky Mountains, averaging 250 inches of snowfall a year.

The most outstanding and most-used feature of Winona is its system of more than two dozen trails. And with all the snow, wintertime is recreation time, offering snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, dog-sledding and four-wheeling. In the warm months, the trails are open to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. For those who prefer recreation at a slower pace, Winona offers hunting, fishing, trapping and bird-watching.

Along with being one of New York State's top outdoor recreation areas, Winona State Forest is also a valuable timber resource.