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Blue Ridge Wilderness - Unit Management Plan

The Blue Ridge Wilderness consists of more than 47,000 acres of State Forest Preserve lands in the central Adirondacks, near the communities of Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake. The wilderness area's northern and eastern boundaries are roughly defined by Route 28 as it arcs from the South Inlet of Raquette Lake to Cedar River Road. The area is bounded on the south by Cedar River Road and on the west by the Moose River Plains Wild Forest and Great Camp Sagamore. Many people enjoy hiking the famous Northville-Lake Placid Trail, established in 1922, which follows the Cedar River Road, enters the Blue Ridge Wilderness through private land, and continues to Lake Durant Campground on Route 28. Others enjoy big game hunting in the fall, cross-country skiing near Great Camp Sagamore, and camping in the lean-tos on Cascade Pond and Stephen's Pond.

Wakely Mountain Primitive Area

The Wakely Mountain Primitive Area is adjacent to the Blue Ridge Wilderness and consists of 235 acres of State Forest Preserve lands in the Town of Lake Pleasant. The primitive area encompasses the Wakely Mountain fire tower, observer cabin, and helipad. A hike to the tower is rewarded by panoramic views of the central Adirondacks. For management purposes the Wakely Mountain Primitive Area is included in the Blue Ridge Unit Management Plan.

The Blue Ridge Wilderness Unit Management Plan was adopted on September 11, 2006. If you have questions or comments on the UMP, please contact us at: r5.ump@dec.ny.gov.

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