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For Release: Thursday, June 13, 2019

DEC Announces Opening of Wolf Pond Trail and Lean-to

Supports State's Adventure NY Initiative to Connect New Yorkers to Nature

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the opening of the Wolf Pond Trail and the Wolf Pond Lean-to in the central Adirondack town of North Hudson in Essex County. This project is part of the Adventure NY Initiative to connect New Yorkers with the outdoors.

"The Wolf Pond Trail provides visitors more opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty and outdoor recreation in Boreas River area of the Adirondacks," said Regional Director, Bob Stegemann. "These improvements, thanks to Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY Initiative, are an example of the State's ongoing investments to grow the outdoor recreation economy of Adirondack communities."

Hikers and campers may access the 2.3-mile Wolf Pond Trail from Boreas River/Wolf Pond Parking Area on the Blue Ridge Road near the bridge over the Boreas River. The gently rolling and easy to navigate trail, located in the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest, crosses Wolf Pond Brook and proceeds northeast. The trail ends at the outlet of Wolf Pond and the new lean-to is located up a short spur trail on the southwestern side of the pond. The lean-to is available on a first come-first served basis.

Wolf Pond provides scenic views of the High Peaks and surrounding mountains, as well as excellent fishing opportunities. The 59-acre pond is home to brook trout sustained by stocking, common shiners, and white suckers. Visitors are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace principles when recreating in the Adirondacks to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and minimize impact on the natural resources.

Under Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY Initiative, DEC is making strategic investments to expand access to healthy, active outdoor recreation, connect more New Yorkers and visitors to nature and the outdoors, protect natural resources, and boost local economies. Adventure NY is supporting the completion of more than 75 projects over the next three years, ranging from improvements to youth camps and environmental education centers to new boat launches, duck blinds, and hiking trails. Read more about Adventure NY. For more information on planning an outdoor adventure in New York State, visit DEC's website.

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