Hiking in Adirondack Park

West Central Adirondacks Pigeon Lake Wilderness
Hiking in Adirondack Park
West Central Adirondacks

Pigeon Lake Wilderness

Ferd's Bog


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Tamaracks, pitcher plants and many other bog plants abound, plus you'll see many boreal birds. All this is visible from a plastic boardwalk floating on the bog as you enter from a short nature trail that takes you down to the bog. The plastic boardwalk was used since it takes less maintenance and won't leak toxins as treated wood could.

The 170 acre wetland received its named from Ferdinand LaFrance, who was an avid 1970's birder. He discovered a rare woodpecker in the area that now graces his name. From the parking area, sign the register (it's for your safety and to keep track of how many visitors the trail receives). Be wary of the side trails that lead to private property.

This is a "leg stretcher" hike to a bog with nice views. Follow the yellow DEC discs to a boardwalk and overlook in a bog. This hike is a quick and easy 0.3 miles to the overlook.  You are in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness. There are some pictures, a video and maps below. 

Directions:  From Old Forge, NY 28 to Eagle Bay.  Turn left on Uncas Road.  After about 3.2 miles you will see a small parking area on the left (after the trailhead for Black Bear Mountain on the right after 2.9 miles). There is a DEC sign at the trailhead. If you're staying at Brown Tract Pond Campground, the trailhead is 3.5 miles from the campground.

DEC sign at the start of the trail

Plastic decking near the end of the trail



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