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Moose River Plains Wild Forest

A view of a wetland and mountains on Moose River Plains Wild Forest

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New snowmobile connector trails opened February 15, 2013. Read the press release. View the map. These trail segments are not yet complete for hiking and biking.

The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is bounded on the north by the Pigeon Lakes Wilderness Area, Raquette Lake and the Blue Ridge Wilderness, on the east and the south by the West Canada Lakes Wilderness and the private lands of the Adirondack League Club, and on the west by the Fulton Chain Lakes and State Route 28. It is the largest block of remote lands in the Adirondacks readily accessible by motor vehicle and includes the Red River, the South Branch of the Moose River and the 675 acre Cedar River Flow.

The Moose River Plains Wild Forest offers many recreational opportunities, including hiking, skiing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, canoeing, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and primitive camping. Miles of marked trails and numerous lakes and ponds make this unit an ideal destination for recreationists with varied interests and abilities.

International Symbol of Accessibility

Accessible Features

Improvements have been made to provide universal access to the ponds, campsites and some remote areas of the Moose River Plains Wild Forest.

Photo of an accessible picnic table and fireplace
Accessible campsite amenities (privy
not shown)

Roadside Campsites

There are eight compacted stonedust primitive campsites with accessible privies, fireplaces and tent pads. Campsites in the Moose River Plains cannot be reserved.

Location of roadside campsites:
Site 1 at Cedar River entrance
Site 7, Limekiln Lake - Cedar River Road, 6 miles west of Cedar River entrance
Site 34, Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road, 9 miles west of Cedar River entrance
Site 66, Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road, 1/2 mile north of Otter Brook Road intersection
Site 73, Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road, 0.9 miles east of Rock Dam Road intersection
Site 90, near Beaver Lake access road
Site 119a, Rock Dam Road
Site 130, Rock Dam Road

View of quiet pond with pine trees
Wakely Pond

Wakely Pond

Wakely Pond features an accessible campsite and hardened path to the pond. Directions: Located 0.2 miles up the Gould Rd., which leaves the Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Rd. one mile east of the Cedar River entrance and 11 miles west of State Route 30.

Family fishing at the Cedar River flow dam
Cedar River Flow fishing access

Cedar River Flow

Located at the outlet of the Cedar River Flow is a staging area and gatehouse on the Limekiln Lake - Cedar River Road. The entrance area features an accessible hand launch and shoreline fishing access at the dam, each of which has a designated accessible parking space. Site 1, an accessible campsite, is also located near the gatehouse. Accessible path through the forest
Hardened path to Helldiver Pond

Helldiver Pond

Helldiver Pond features an accessible campsite located near a beautiful hardened path that meanders one-tenth of a mile through the forest to a wooden dock for fishing or launching a canoe or kayak on the pond. Directions: Located on a short entrance road off of Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Rd. 0.8 miles east of the Otter Brook Rd. intersection and 12.5 miles west of the Cedar River entrance.

Accessible path through a forest clearing
Hardened path to Icehouse Pond

Icehouse Pond

Icehouse Pond also features an accessible campsite with a short hardened path to a wooden dock for fishing or launching a canoe or kayak on the pond. Directions: Located on a short entrance road off of Otter Brook Rd. 0.9 miles from Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Rd. Otter Brook Rd. is approximately 9 miles east of the Limekiln Lake entrance and 13 miles west of the Cedar River entrance.

Full Listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations

Directions:

From the south: Take I-87 north to exit 23, turn left, then right on Route 9 north into Warrensburg. Turn left on State Route 28. Just outside the hamlet of Indian Lake, turn left on Cedar River Road. Proceed on Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road, a seasonal road which runs through the Moose River Plains Wild Forest from east to west, exiting at Limekiln Lake, near Inlet.