Hiking in Adirondack Park

NCT -Black River Wild Forest West-Central Adirondacks
Hiking in Adirondack Park
West Central Region

Black River
Wild Forest


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The 127,135 acre Black River Wild Forest is located in the southwest foothills of Adirondack Park. There are over 90 miles of hiking trails available as well as the popular Nicks Lake State Campground, located south of Old Forge. The future North Country National Scenic Trail will enter the Adirondacks in Black River Wild Forest off North Lake Road.

There are nine lean to's in Black River Wild Forest. Gull Lake, Chub Lake #1, Chub Lake #2, Sand Lake, Remsen Falls, Woodhull Lake, Bear Lake, Nelson Lake and North Lake are the lean tos. The Bear Lake Lean To was built on March 6, 2010 and Nelson Lake Lean To was constructed in 2012. The South Branch Moose River is a major barrier to the trails in Black River Wild Forest, as no trails cross the river.

You'll also find numerous roadside campsites in the area. Woodhull Lake Road has a few roadside campsites. There are campsites located along North Lake Road that are on North Lake. There is a really nice campsite on Reeds Pond along North Lake Road. There are maps below of the many trails and some of the roadside campsites in the Black River Wild Forest as well as most of the destinations to explore. A new destination to explore is the Flatrock Mountain Demonstration Forest, located off NY 28 at the large parking area.

Destinations in Black River Wild Forest

Moose River Lock & Dam Nicks Lake Loop Woodhull Mountain
Bear Lake Ledge Mountain Overlook Round Pond
JBT Gull Lake Little Black Creek Ash Ridge
Cotton Lake Twin Lakes Twin Lakes Stream Falls
Stone Dam Lake Chub Pond Mink Lake
Reeds Pond Little Woodhull Lake Black River Bridge Site
North Lake Sand Lake Falls Bear Creek
South Lake South Lake Dam Little Salmon Lake
Gull Lake Woodhull Lake Brandy Lake
Granny Marsh Brewer Lake Remsen Falls
Bloodsucker Pond Nelson Falls Nelson Lake
Jock Falls Mill Creek Lake Black Creek Lake
Mill Creek Lake Lookout Mad Tom Lake Ohio Gorge

Gull Lake Lean To

North Lake

Moose River near Remsen Falls


Woodhull Lake Lean To


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