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Backcountry Information for the Northeastern Adirondacks

Updated: November 21, 2019

Map of showing the Northeastern Region of the Adirondacks

General Notices

WARNING: Backcountry conditions can change suddenly. All users should plan accordingly, including bringing flashlight, first aid equipment, extra food and clothing. Weather conditions may alter your plans; you should always be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods before entering the back country. Back country hiking trails can be rugged and rough - they are not maintained as park walkways - wear proper footwear!

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Practice Leave No Trace: Please abide by the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace (leaves DEC's website) when recreating in the Adirondacks.

Weather forecasts and conditions can and do change quickly.

  • Check the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast (leaves DEC website) for updated notices and current conditions and forecasts. Be prepared for the forecasted conditions or to change your plans.
  • NY Mesonow (leaves DEC website) has two dozen stations in and just outside of Adirondacks that provide real time weather data and forecasts. Travel: Check NY511 for road closures and conditions (leaves DEC website).

Travel: Check NY511 for road closures and conditions (leaves DEC website).

Adirondack Backcountry Information: Be sure to check Adirondack Backcountry Information main webpage for important general notices and information which applies across the Adirondacks.

Seasonal Access Roads:

  • Open seasonal access roads may have minor wash outs, use caution when using them.
  • Seasonal access roads typically remain open until the end of the Northern Zone Regular Big Game Hunting Season unless snow or other conditions warrant an early closure.
  • Seasonal access roads are dirt and gravel which can be rough.
  • Four-wheel drive SUVs, pick-up trucks, and other high clearance vehicles are recommended for driving on these roads.
  • Roads may be narrow - use caution, drive slowly, and watch for oncoming vehicles.

Trail Conditions:

  • Trailheads will be icy, especially in the morning.
  • Trails will be covered in ice and snow.
  • Many bridges were washed out or damaged in the Oct. 31 storm leaving some streams impassable. Use caution and be prepared to turn around.
  • Expect to encounter heavy blow down in areas. Be cautious of hanging branches and unstable fallen trees.
  • Blow down may take considerably more time to hike around.
Report back country emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers, and wildland fires to the DEC Ray Brook Dispatch at 518-891-0235.

Specific Notices

Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area

Kings Bay Wildlife Management Area

  • The Kings Bay Wildlife Management Area webpage provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities, and a map of the unit
  • Waters have receded and the Catfish Bay Parking Area is open. This WMA sets on the shores of Lake Champlain north of the Adirondacks. (2019)
  • Catfish Bay Road is closed to motor vehicle use for the season. It will reopen when the bay freezes over in the winter. (2019)

Chazy Highlands Wild Forest

  • The Chazy Highlands Wild Forest webpage provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities, and a map of the unit.
  • Nothing to report.

Lake Champlain Islands

  • The Lake Champlain Islands Complex webpage provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities, and a map of the unit.
  • Nothing to report.

Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Tract

Taylor Pond Complex (Taylor Pond Wild Forest, Terry Mountain State Forest, Burnt Hill State Forest, Franklin Falls Easement Tract, Shell Rock Easement Tract, and Black Brook Easement Tract)

  • The Taylor Pond Complex webpage provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities, and maps of the unit.
  • The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) (leaves DEC website) links the waterways of New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire and Maine and follows the Saranac River through this area.
  • Terry Mountain Road in the Terry Mountain State Forest remains closed. (2019)

Wilmington Wild Forest

  • The Wilmington Wild Forest webpage provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities, and a map of the unit.
  • The outlet of Cooper Kiln Pond is flooded by beaver activity. (2009)