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Hunting, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, hiking and wildlife observation are some of the more popular recreational uses of Pharsalia Woods State Forest (formally New Michigan State Forest). Access is made easy by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Nine Mile Truck Trail that passes atop a forested plateau and offers visitors many great views.
Pharsalia Woods now features an accessible boardwalk that leads to an elevated, covered viewing platform overlooking the 90-acre Round Pond wetland complex that contains several protected plants, including the carnivorous pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) with the ability to digest insects. The wetland also provides habitat to many wetland bird species including sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis), rare visitors to New York State.
The platform is located on the south side of Reservoir Hill Road in the town of Plymouth and may be accessed from NYS Route 23 via Reservoir Hill Road if travelling from the west or by taking Cumber Road to Reservoir Hill Road if travelling from the east.