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Cranberry Lake
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This state campground is located on Cranberry Lake in the northwestern region of the Adirondacks.  The campground is located off NY 3, east of the small village of Cranberry Lake.  Cranberry Lake is one of the largest remote lakes in the Adirondacks.  There are over well over 80 miles of hiking trails located near the campground.  The Cranberry Lake area is one of the largest remote areas remaining in the state.

There are 173 campsites, with some on the lake, a picnic area with tables, fireplaces and grills, flush toilets, hot showers, a trailer dump station, recycling center, a sandy beach with a swimming area, a bathhouse and some hiking trails that can be accessed from the campground including the very popular Bear Mountain Trail

The best waterfront campsites include sites #42-48 in the peninsula loop; sites 63 & 64 in Loop 1; sites 92, 93 & 95 in Loop 2;  sites 111, 115, 117, 118, 120, 121 and 122 in Loop 3.  Here is a map of the campground from the NY DEC.  You can find more info on this campsite from the NY DEC website.

Campsite on Cranberry Lake

Hiking at Cranberry Lake Campground

The campground features the main trailhead for the Bear Mountain Trail.  There are many hiking trails available in the remote Five Ponds Wilderness, located just west of the campground as well as in Cranberry Lake Wild Forest.  Also check out the many short, great day hikes along Tooley Pond Road in Grass River Wild Forest, located just northwest of Cranberry Lake.  Popular hiking destinations in Grass River Wild Forest include Lampson Falls, Tooley Pond Mountain, Tooley Pond, Copper Rock Falls, Rainbow Falls, Bulk Head Falls, Twin Falls, Sinclair Falls, Basford Falls, and Harper Falls.

Higley Flow State Park is located just north of the Adirondack Blue Line off NY 56 near Colton and has some hiking trails to explore as well as a nature center.  Mount Arab is located just east of the campground off NY 3 near Piercefield and is a very popular hiking destination.  We recommend taking the short drive south of Tupper Lake along NY 30 to hike Coney Mountain and explore Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest and William C. Whitney Wilderness

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