Friday, July 5, 2019

Featured Hike: Independence River Area Trail Network

independence river wild forest trailsThis trail system, located in Independence River Wild Forest, consists of just over 11 miles of trails.

Beach Mill Trail extends 5.3 miles along the north bank of the Independence River from a trailhead at the end of Beach Mill Road.

Panther Pond Trail extends 1.1 miles to the Panther Pond Lean-to from a trailhead at the end of Smith Road, and extends another 3.2 miles to the Independence River where it meets up with the Beach Mill and Fish Trails.

Fish Trail extends 1.7 miles to the Independence River from a trailhead at the end of the Stony Lake Road.

All three trails meet immediately north of a footbridge on the Fish Trail on the north bank of the Independence River.

Trailhead Parking:

Beach Mill Road Trailhead Parking Area is located at the end of Beach Mill Road. (43.8073°N, 75.2752°W)

Smith Road Trailhead Parking is located at the end of Smith road off Number Four Road and provides access to an accessible campsite. (43.8333°N, 75.1595°W)

Stony Lake/Mt. Tom Trailhead Parking Area is located at the end of Stony Lake Road (43.7750°N, 75.2057°W)

Featured hikes are recommended by DEC. Map of Independence River Area Trails courtesy Adirondack Atlas.

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