| CRANBERRY LAKE REGION|
The Five Ponds Wilderness Area, southwest of Cranberry
Lake is one of the most remote and least used areas of New York State. Penetration
of this area in winter is a true test of wilderness skills. It is suitable only
for people who carry and know how to use field repair materials and survival equipment.
There are about 40 miles of trails in this area.
Starting point is the Village
of Wanakena, which is 2 miles south of NY Rt. 3, joining Watertown with Tupper
Lake. The turnoff to Wanakena is 4 miles east of Benson Mines, and 8 miles west
of Cranberry Lake.
In Wanakena, cross a one-lane bridge across the Oswegatchie
River. The High Falls truck trail goes straight ahead. For the Dead Creek Flow
truck trail, turn left after crossing the bridge, and go one half mile beyond.
The Dead Creek Flow route covers more interesting terrain and reaches Dead
Creek Flow, a long narrow arm of Cranberry Lake in about 2 miles. A red marked
hiking trail goes around the end of the Flow to a lean-to on the opposite shore.
The High Falls truck trail is generally level for most of its length. The Leary
trail, blue markers, branches to the left in 1.4 miles. In combination with the
truck trail, it is possible to make a loop trip of nine miles. As the Leary trail
contains a number of ups and down, this route is rated expert. WILSON HILL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
Hill Wildlife Management Area is located in the Town of Louisville near the St.
Lawrence River. The trail has a distance of 1.6 miles. The trail may be entered
from a parking area off the Willard Rd. The first trail encountered is the Nature
Trail. A short distance into the trail thee is a fork which offers the hiker two
choices. The left fork heads t an observation tower where the hiker may view the
refuge area. The right fork, which is the longer trail, heads westerly and ends
on the Wilson Hill Rd. The hiker may either have a vehicle waiting there or turn
around and head back to the parking lot. The longer trail is best for skiing.
To get to the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area, take NY State Rt. 37 toward
Louisville, which is between Waddington and Massena. Turn north onto NY State
Rt. 131 and follow that road until you come to Willard Rd. Turn north and follow
the road. The parking lot will be on the left. BRASHER FALLS
The Brasher Falls Trail System is
57 miles in length and is located in the Town of Brasher. It lies primarily on
Brasher State Forest managed by the New York State Department of Environmental
The ski trail goes from the Bush Rd. or TT 1016 southerly
through the Brasher State Forest to County Rd. 50. The system can be reached from
County Rt's.. 50, 53, and 55 north of Brasher Falls. RIVER HILL TRAIL
The River Hill Ski Trail is located
in the Town of Stockholm on the Southville State Forest. The trail's total distance
is 2.3 miles and is for novice to moderate skier.
The trail begins on the
Southville West Stockholm Rd. There are tow possible entrances, both located on
the southwestern side of the road. The trail loops from one entrance to the other
making a pass by the west branch of the St. Regis River and following it for about
To find the River Hill Trail follow the Southville-West Stockholm
Rd. northwest from New York State Rt. 11B about 5 miles northeast of Potsdam.
BROWNS BRIDGE-POSTWOOD PARK TRAILS
Bridge Postwood Park Trail is located in the Towns of Pierrepont and Parishville.
The trail runs across County Forests #30, 32, and 35. The total distance of the
trail is 5.7 miles. The trails are designed to accommodate all levels of skiers
from novice to expert.
The main trail starts at the parking lot of Postwood
Park and is comprised of two loops. the first and smaller loop is located on the
west side of the River Rd. It runs for a distance of 1.6 miles. the larger loop
is located on the east side of the River Rd. and runs fro an approximate distance
of 4.1 miles. This section of the trail crosses the River Rd. at two locations
and is more popular with better skiers because of the longer distance.
Park is located 4 miles south of Potsdam near Hannawa Falls off of New York State
Rt. 56. INDIAN CREEK NATURE CENTER
The Indian Creek Nature
Center is locate in the Town of Canton. It exists on the Upper and Lower Lakes
Wildlife Management Area which is managed by the NY State Department of Environmental
There are several different trails at this location. One trail
begins at the parking area and runs southwesterly to an observation tower and
a bird blind overlooking the refuge.
The Indian Creek Nature Center is found
by taking State Rt. 68 out of Canton towards Ogdensburg. On the left, Approximately
4 miles outside of Canton, take Country Rd. 14 towards Rensselaer Falls. The entrance
to the Center will be on the left hand side of Rt.14 HIGH FLATS STATE FOREST
The High Flats State Forest
is located in the Town of Colton. The trail is for the moderate to expert skier.
The main entrance to the trail is through Crowley Rd. The trail continues
for approximately 3.5 miles on the Colton-Parishville Rd. (Country Rt. 58). Turn
right on Rodwell Mill Rd. There is a short left hand jog which will lead to Crowley
Rd. The Nordic ski trail continues into the State Forest directly ahead. GLENMEAL SKI TRAIL
The Glenmeal Ski Trail is located
in the Town of Pierrepont. the trail is on Glenmeal State Forest. The total distance
of the trail system is 1.9 miles and is geared to the novice to moderate skier.
The trail begins directly off of County Rt. 24, on a forest access road. Once
on the trail it is possible to venture into a variety of loops which all interconnect
with each other. County Rd. 24, may be entered by way of Pierrepont off of NY
State Rt. 68. The trail was constructed and is maintained by the St. Lawrence
Youth Conservation Corps. CRANBERRY LAKE WILD FOREST
Swamp Ski Trail
This trail begins on the south side of Rt. 3 east
of Peavine Swamp. The main trail (3.9 miles) leads to the state lean-to on Inlet
Flow. There are two loops at either end (3.4 miles and 1.2 miles) and a 2.1 mile
loop in the middle. The last half of the trail passes through lands which were
acquired by the state in 1881 and have never been significantly harvested. Large
specimens of hardwood species, red spruce and eastern hemlock are common.