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Hiking in Adirondack Park
Central Adirondacks

Sargent Ponds
Wild Forest


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The 43,532 acre Sargent Ponds Wild Forest is located East of Raquette Lake, north of NY 28 and west of NY 30. The area is a boreal swamp forest as much of this great spruce-balsam-white cedar tract borders the Raquette River, Marion River and Boulder Brook. This area features Buttermilk Falls, the most visited waterfalls in the Adirondacks.

Known to many canoeists, hunters and fishermen, this wild forest area offers intimate sightings of Adirondack wildlife and bog plants. The trail to Sargent Ponds courses through stands of old growth forest. Many of the picturesque tall pines along the Marion River may be glimpsed from the highway.

State campgrounds on Raquette Lake at Golden Beach, Forked Lake and Lake Eaton provide access and recreational opportunity to visitors of the area.  A state campground at Tioga Point on Raquette Lake is accessible only by boat or hiking.  North Point Road travels through the wild forest and also offers good access to the area.

Most visitors explore Raquette Lake, there are other great places to explore in Sargent Ponds Wild Forest.  The view of Blue Mountain Lake from Castle Rock will surprise you.  Taking a hike to Sargent Ponds is very popular.  Heading to the fire tower at Owls Head Mountain rewards you with less crowds than Blue Mountain but still with great views.  Buttermilk Falls is just a short walk from the road and has been called the most visited waterfall in the Adirondacks.

Destinations in Sargent Ponds Wild Forest

Owls Head Mountain Castle Rock Buttermilk Falls
Lower Sargent Pond Tioga Point Upper Sargent Pond
Lake Eaton Owls Head Pond Grass Pond
Lower Sargent Loop Forked Lake North Shore Raquette Lake
South Pond Marion River Raquette River

Trail to Upper Sargent Pond from North Point Road

Misty morning on Lake Eaton



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