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Black River
Bridge Site

 

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An old unmarked snowmobile trail in the Black River Wild Forest of the Adirondacks off North Lake Road takes you a short distance to the site of an old bridge over the Black River. There are many old roads and trails in the Adirondacks that lead to somewhere. This old trail takes you a short distance to a scenic spot along the Black River. This is a great spot for a picnic or to cast a line if you fish.

The trail is found at a small parking area along North Lake Road near the trailhead for the Little Woodhull Lake Trail. The old snowmobile trail leaves near the left corner of the parking area and is easily recognizable as it heads into the forest. The trail has been abandoned for a long time, however the old trail is still obvious. There are a couple of old logging roads that branch off the old trail. Just remember to keep right at both junctions, although the old trail is more obvious compared to the old logging roads.

At just 0.2 miles from the parking area, you reach the Black River at the site of the old bridge. You should be able to notice the old wooden piers that once supported the old bridge across the river. The Black River is lazy and quiet at this location. We did not notice any campsites at this scenic spot along the river. Kayakers may enjoy the short carry to explore this section of the Black River. For hikers, it's just another scenic place to explore in the Adirondacks.

Directions: From Utica take NY 12 North to NY 28 North at Alder Creek. After crossing the Forestport Reservoir turn right off NY 28 and then right on Woodhull Road. Soon veer left on North Lake Road. Travel 13.3 miles (eventually entering Adirondack Park) to a small parking area on the right, just after the Little Woodhull Lake Trailhead. The GPS coordinates of the small parking area is N43 30.326 W74 57.940.

North Lake Road at Little Woodhull Lake Trail JCT looking towards small parking area

The old trail is still very obvious and easy to follow

Black River Bridge Site

 

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