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Central Adirondacks

Blue Mountain
Wild Forest


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The 38,394 acre Blue Mountain Wild Forest is located in the Central Adirondacks in Hamilton and western Essex counties. It is bounded by NY 30 on the west and south, the Hudson River on the east and NY 28N on the north. The 3,759 foot Blue Mountain dominates the landscape in the area and offers spectacular views in all directions from its fire tower for those willing to make a short but steep two mile hike to the summit from the picturesque hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake.

Tirrell Pond is located to the northeast of Blue Mountain and, due to its relatively easy access, is a popular day hiking destination as well as for primitive camping. While Blue Mountain is the most popular hiking destination, Tirrell Pond, Rock Lake, Bullhead Pond, Rock River and Lake Durant are other great locations to explore. Nearly 14 miles of the famous Northville-Placid Trail travels through Blue Mountain Wild Forest.

Camping is available at the Lake Durant State Campground located east of the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake off NY 28 and NY 30. Lake Eaton State Campground is also located close by.

Destinations in Blue Mountain Lake Wild Forest

Blue Mountain Rock Lake Rock River
Tirrell Pond Bullhead Pond Pasley Falls
Elm Island Unknown Pond White Birch Ridge
Cedar River Ledge Mountain Stark Hills
Old Route 30 East Inlet Brook Three Brooks Trail

The scenic Lake Durant


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