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Backcountry Information for the Southern Adirondacks

Updated: May 19, 2022

Map of showing the Southern Region of the Adirondacks

General Notices

The Welcome to the Adirondacks webpage is the place to go if you are interested in learning more about the Adirondacks. It provides information about the Forest Preserve and conservation easement lands, outdoor recreation opportunities, and Leave No Trace (leaves DEC website). Check the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpage for Adirondack recreation resources, hiking resources, and other information which applies across the Adirondacks.

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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Emergency Situations: If you get lost or injured; keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service, call 911 or the DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch, 833-NYS-RANGERS (833-697-7264).

Weather forecasts and conditions can and do change quickly.

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

Travel: Check 511NY (leaves DEC website) for road closures and conditions.

@NYSDECAlerts: Follow @NYSDECAlerts on Twitter for real-time updates to help you prepare.

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

Ferris Lake Wild Forest

  • The Ferris Lake Wild Forest webpage provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities, and a map of the unit.
  • Powley Road is closed for mud season until further notice. (3/24)
  • The Mud Pond trail gate off Billy Hamlin Road is closed.
  • Billy Hamlin Trail is eroded rough and rocky and very wet in places. (2020)

Northville-Placid Trail

  • The Northville-Placid Trail Chapter (leaves DEC website) of the Adirondack Mountain Club provides the latest trail conditions and information for planning a hike on the trail - whether a through-hike, section-hike or weekend-hike.
  • DEC staff recently cleared blowdown on 16 miles of the Northville Placid Trail from Godfrey Rd to the Whitehouse trailhead (West River Road). The trail is clear and conditions are good. (05/05)
  • A 400-foot stretch of the Northville-Placid Trail - about 0.5 mile north of the Carry Lean-to - is flooded trail due to beaver activity. The trail is passable, but hikers should anticipate wet feet while passing through this area. (2021)
  • The trail is grown in and contains blowdown between Silver Lake and Mud Lake and may be difficult to follow in areas. (2021)
  • Hikers using the portion of the trail through the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest may have trouble crossing West Stony Creek during high waters following rains. (2021)

Shaker Mountain Wild Forest

  • The Shaker Mountain Wild Forest webpage provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities, and a map of the unit.
  • The South Trail up Kane Mountain off Schoolhouse Road is closed. The trail crosses private lands and the landowner revoked permission for the public to cross. Hikers must use the formal Kane Mountain Trailhead off Green Lake Road. (2021)
  • Hikers using the Northville-Placid Trail may have trouble crossing West Stony Creek during high waters following rains. (2021)

Silver Lake Wilderness

  • The Silver Lake Wilderness webpage provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities, and a map of the unit.
  • West River Road which provides access to Whitehouse/Northville Placid Trail is closed for mud season until further notice (3/24)
  • The Northville-Placid Trail is grown in and contains blowdown between Silver Lake and Mud Lake and may be difficult to follow in areas. (2021)

Rockwood State Forest

  • The road north of Cemetery Road leading to the parking and camping area on the State Forest is very rough due to significant washouts. Several cars have become stuck. Only high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles should use the road. (6/2021)

Upper Hudson Woodlands Conservation Easement, Dennie Road Tract

  • Winter use ski and snowshoe trails are now open. Limited snow and occasional grooming at this time. (01/06)

Wilcox Lake Wild Forest

  • The Wilcox Lake Wild Forest webpage provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities.
  • The North Bend Bridge on Oregon Trail is sagging but intact. In wet times of year, hikers will have to go through some water to enter and exit the bridge. (2020)
  • The bridge over Georgia Creek on Cotter Brook Trail is out. When water is high, this spot is difficult to cross (2020)
  • Dayton Creek on the East Stony Creek Trail is crossable except during high water conditions. (2020)