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Backcountry Information for the Northeastern Adirondacks

Updated: January 23, 2020

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).

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

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

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

  • The Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Lands webpage provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities, and maps of the unit.
  • C8A Snowmobile Trail is open between the C7 Trail and Dannemora. (1/23)
  • S83 Snowmobile Trail is open between the C7 Trail and the Goldsmith Road Parking Area. (1/23)
  • A section of the S83 Snowmobile Trail is closed north of the Goldsmith Road this winter due to logging activity. (1/23)

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.
  • Nothing to report.

Wilmington Wild Forest

  • The Wilmington Wild Forest webpage provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities, and a map of the unit.
  • The Whiteface Mountain Trailon the Wilmington side of the mountain is flooded waist deep a short distance past the intersection of the Esther and Lookout Mountains Trail. (1/14)
  • The outlet of Cooper Kiln Pondis flooded by beaver activity. (2009)