Old Forge, New York

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  • Old Forge, New York

    Kayak Camp Section 1 of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

    The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile paddling trail with the western terminus located in Old Forge, New York and the eastern terminus in Fort Kent, Maine. Section One is 43 miles from Old Forge to Long Lake. Camp at primitive sites or one of the several campgrounds along the way. This s...
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  • Old Forge, New York

    Hike around Nick's Lake

    6.2 mi / 475 ft gain
    The hike around Nick's Lake is a gentle, beautiful hike near the resort town of Old Forge, New York. Park for free at the Bisby Road Trailhead, or cut two miles off the route and pay to park at Nick's Lake Campground ($10 per car). If you start from Bisby Road, sign in at the trail register then ...
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  • Old Forge, New York

    Fat Bike the TOBIE Pedestrian and Bike Pathway

    Fatbikes, bikes with oversized tires and wider rims, designed to ride on snow, sand, through mud and over roots, have become more mainstream in the last couple of years. Thankfully, Mountainman Outdoor Supply Store in Old Forge has jumped on the bandwagon and now offers half-day and full-day rent...
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  • Old Forge, New York

    Bald Mountain (Rondaxe Fire Tower)

    1.85 mi / 285 ft gain
    Bald Mountain (Rondaxe Fire Tower) is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Old Forge, New York.
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  • Old Forge, New York

    Paddle the North Branch of the Moose River

    The northern section of the North Branch of the Moose River is a gentle, scenic paddle that feels much more remote than it actually is. Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company in Old Forge offers rentals and shuttles, and will have anything you may have forgotten. It's easy to do with two cars as a se...
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  • Inlet, New York

    Hike Rocky Mountain Summit

    5.0
    1 mi / 448 ft gain
    This half-mile, steep hike to the 2225 foot summit of Rocky Mountain has some great views of Fourth Lake and the surrounding area from it's open summit. Simply follow the steep, well worn trail (and yellow DEC discs) to the summit. The round trip of this hike is one mile, with an elevation gain ...
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  • Inlet, New York

    Hike Black Bear Mountain

    5.0
    3.8 mi / 2442 ft gain
    The trail up Black Bear starts at the end of the old road/parking lot nearest Inlet. There are two routes up Black Bear; the shorter but steeper route of 1.9 miles and the longer but muddier route of 3.1 miles. There is another trailhead on Uncas Road that isn't as steep but is 2.2 miles to the s...
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  • Inlet, New York

    Hike to Shallow Lake in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness

    2.8 mi
    Shallow Lake is a 268 acre remote lake located in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness in Central Adirondacks. This trail starts from Brown Tract Pond Campground, near campsite number 68 via the Shallow Lake Trail. This is a nice and easy hike for all fitness levels, with little elevation gain.There is a w...
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  • Lake Pleasant, New York

    Backpack to Cedar Lakes Lean-to #2 in the West Canada Lakes Wilderness

    5.3 mi / 705 ft gain
    Know before you go! It’s a bumpy road in and a bumpy road out so be sure your vehicle is ready to handle a long, winding dirt and rocky road back to the trail head. The road is approximately 7 miles to the trailhead starting on Jessup River Road off of State Route 30 in Speculator, NY. Follow Jes...
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  • Lake Pleasant, New York

    Hike Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower

    5.0
    Pillsbury Mountain is a fairly short but satisfying hike, ending with beautiful views of surrounding mountain ranges and lakes, and home to a defunct ranger station and fire tower. To get to the parking area within the Perkins Clearing wilderness area, head north on Route 30 out of Speculator and...
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  • Long Lake, New York

    Buttermilk Falls

    0.17 mi / 36 ft gain
    Buttermilk Falls is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Long Lake, New York.
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  • Long Lake, New York

    Hike to Owls Head Mountain Fire Tower in Sargent Ponds Wild Forest

    5.0
    6.2 mi / 1500 ft gain
    Owls Head Mountain is an Adirondack Fire Tower Mountain with an elevation of 2,812 feet. It is located in Long Lake in the Sargent Ponds Wild Forest and is a 6.2 mile out and back round trip hike. The trail head is located on Endion Ln, 2 miles north of the hamlet of Long Lake heading towards Tup...
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  • Indian Lake, New York

    Hike Snowy Mountain Fire Tower

    4.7
    7.5 mi / 2142 ft gain
    Snowy Mountain is the largest mountain in this region of the Adirondacks, and with a 2100'+ elevation gain over the 3.5 mile ascent is actually more work than some of the famed High Peaks. Going north on Rt 30, the parking lot is marked as Snowy Mountain on the right hand side. If you make it to ...
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  • Long Lake, New York

    Canoe from Long Lake to Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks

    This is a 3-4 day adventure that begins with part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.   Rent a canoe at a local outfitter and make arrangements for your vehicle shuttle. They will drive your car to the end point of the adventure. A couple of options include St. Regis Canoe Outfitters and Raquette...
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  • Long Lake, New York

    Camp along Section 2 of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

    The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile paddling trail with the western terminus located in Old Forge, New York and the eastern terminus in Fort Kent, Main.  Section Two is a 42.4 mile journey in the Adirondacks of New York from Long Lake to Saranac Lake.  There are primitive campsites and ...
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  • Speculator, New York

    Paddle the Sacandaga and Kunjamuk Rivers to Elm Lake

    The Sacandaga River is accessed via a hand launch at the Speculator Ball Field Parking Area in the town of Speculator, NY. Follow the Sacandaga River 1.5 miles until you reach Kunjamuk Bay. The Kunjamuk River begins further up the bay to the left.  Approximately 4 miles up river is Elm Lake. Padd...
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