Hiking in Adirondack Park

Central Adirondacks Hudson Gorge Primitive Area
Hiking in Adirondack Park
Central Adirondacks

Pine Lake
Primitive Area

Hudson River, Cedar River, Clear Pond


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The Cedar River, Pine Lake, Mud Pond, Clear Pond, Corner Pond, Hudson River, Indian River and the surrounding lands can all be accessed from the parking area at the end of the Chain Lakes Road South located off NY 28 just east of the hamlet of Indian Lake. The NY DEC opened this area of recently purchased land in the summer of 2013.

The first parking area is located along Chain Lakes Road South at a gate known as the Red Finch Gate. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N43 49.018 W74 12.385 for those who have a GPS devise. The road is paved the first mile, then is dirt the rest of the way (except for a short section near the major parking area). The dirt road is not that rough and most vehicles should be able to drive along it. There is parking for about 4-5 vehicles at the first parking area.

In 2014 the DEC created a second, larger parking area 0.8 miles further up the dirt road at the site of what was once known as the Gooley Club House. The GPS coordinates are N43 82.751 W74 20.081 for those with a GPS devise. There is a seasonal parking area further north along the road near the start of the Clear Pond Trail. However, it is available only during Big Game Hunting Season, which usually starts in early October.

The DEC has created designated camping spots along the Chain Lakes Road South, past the Gooley Parking Area. These are accessible by hiking or biking the road (except during big game hunting season). There is also a designated campsite located on Pine Lake. The popular hiking destinations include Clear Pond, Pine Lake, Cedar River and the confluence of the Indian/Hudson Rivers.

Indian River (on right) meets the Hudson River

Cedar River


Hiking in Adirondack Park

Central Adirondacks Hudson Gorge Primitive Area

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