Red fox in brush

Photo by Larry Master

Punkeyville State Forest is a 518-acre natural area in the town of Forestport, in Oneida County, just outside the southwest boundary of the Adirondack Park.

The Adirondack Land Trust worked with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to help the public acquire the tract in 2012. Local schoolchildren selected the name; it comes from an early nickname for the area that is now Forestport, and punkies is a term for tiny biting flies. The property is managed for wildlife habitat, recreation, timber production and water-quality protection.