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Hiking in Adirondack Park
Essex Chain of
Lakes Primitive Area
Deer Pond, Grassy Pond, Hudson River
The Essex Chain of Lakes is located in the town of Indian Lake in Hamilton County and the towns of Newcomb and Minerva in Essex County. The NY DEC opened this area of recently purchased land from The Nature Conservancy in the summer of 2013. Currently the area is still awaiting final land classification (wild forest, primitive or wilderness).
Vehicle access to Essex Chain of Lakes currently exists via Cornell Road, off Goodnow Flow Road in the town of Newcomb. The existing Deer Pond parking area is located about 9.4 miles from Newcomb. It is a 0.25 miles walk to reach the pond from the parking area. There are two parking areas located here. The east side parking area is for overnight use and holds about 15 cars. The parking area on the west side is for day use and holds about 10 cars. There is also vehicle access to the Hudson River via Goodnow Flow Road to Chain Lakes Road North. There is a parking area about 0.3 miles from the Hudson River near Iron Bridge. There parking area holds about six cars.
There is an existing network of dirt roads that can be used for informal hiking, snowshoeing and xc skiing. There are canoe carry trails located in the area. You will find nearly 30 primitive camping sites within the area, with some roadside sites. The sites located on the lakes require a FREE permit from the DEC. The permits are issued at the Adirondack Interpretive Center facility located off NY 28N near Newcomb during regular business hours. Look at the map below for the roadside campsites. These are FREE and available on a first come basis. The Camp 6 Road is only open to motor vehicles during big game hunting season.
There are some hiking/biking/horse trails in this area now and we are sure that more will be created as time goes by. The Upper Hudson Ski Trail is a 4.2 mile loop that is located within the area. There are many miles of biking trails as well, that could be utilized by hikers as well. From looking at the new map from the NY DEC (below), a loop around Deer Pond looks very inviting as well some of the other possible loops around the "chain of lakes".
Look below for a map that was made available by the NY DEC in 2015. You can find more information on this great new area to explore in the Adirondacks from the NY DEC Website.
Hudson River from Iron Bridge
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