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   Adirondack Hiking Trails of Lake Champlain

 

CAT'S Trail system (Champlain Area Trails) is enjoyed year-round.  Bring the family together for a weekend hike while visiting our communities.  Truly experience the Adirondacks as you connect with mother earth, enjoy the mountain air, and splash in the fresh waters of Lake Champlain's tributaries.  Download map (click here)

 

 

 

Crown Point      
     
    Champlain Bridge (1 mile, easy, handicapped accessible)

The bridge features a walkway with great views.

Crown Point State Historical Site (.8 mile, easy)

Historical old fort; plus cross the road to Lake Champlain Visitor's Center and visit an obelisk featuring a Rodin sculpture

Moose Mountain Pond Trail (2.7 miles to Bass Lake trail junction, 6.4 miles to Moose Mountain Pond, easy)

Trailhead same as Hammond & Bloody Pond Trail.  Trail follows old logging road along a river with beaver activity and goes by a waterfall.  Go left at Bass Lake Trail junction.  Good view overlooking Berrymill Flow (campsites).  Cross a bridge and continue to pond. 

 

Hammond & Bloody Pond Trail (2 miles, to Hammond Pond. 3.8 miles

to Bloody Pond, easy)

Trailhead close to Challis Pond Trail.  Trail follows stream through forest.  After .7 miles, you come to a folk.  Left goes to Hammond Pond, Right fork goes along Hammond Pond to Bloody Pond.

Challis Pond Trail (1.2 miles easy)

Trailhead on Ensign Pond Road (Route 4) 2.6 miles from Route 9 or 6.5 miles west of Windy Hills Road.  Short hike through a hemlock and cedar forest to Challis Pond.

     
Elizabethtown    
    Footbridge Park Trail (1/4 mile loop, easy)

Trailhead at end of Footbridge Lane in Elizabethtown.  A short, scenic walk with sites for children to learn about wildlife.

     
    Blueberry Hill Trails (1/4 - 1 1/2 mile trails, easy to moderate)

Thirty short trails through forest with two summits and many views.  Trailhead on east side of Lords Road, 1/4 mile off Route 9N or drive up to Bronson Road to reach multiple trailheads.  Two main trailheads have display cases of maps.

     
Essex    
    McAuliffe Road Trail (2 miles, easy)

South trailhead on Jersey Street just west of Boquet River; North trailhead at end of McAuliffe Road.  Trail is an old town road open for the public use which goes through forest paralleling the Boquet River.

Boquet Mountain Trail (5 miles, easy)

North trailhead on Jersey Street/County Route 12, 1 1/2 mile west of Boquet River  Trail goes up to the saddle between North and South Boquet Mountains, traverses east side of South Boquet Mountain and continues on old logging road to south trailhead on Cook Road, about 3/4 miles west of Leaning Road.

Rocky Ledges Trail (2 miles loop, easy)

Trailhead on Leaning Route 150 years south of Jersey Street/Country Route 12.  Relatively easy trail through forest, below a 30' foot cliff, and up a rocky ravine*.  The trail splits into two trails:  1)  Mountain Route, the right fork, has a moderately steep climb, meets an old woods road and connects to Boquet Mountain Trail.  Turn left, walk about 500 yards to the Foothill Route.  Turn left and return to the trailhead, or continue on Boquet Mountain Trail to Cook Road.  2)  Foothill Route, the left fork, is relative lever and climbs a little to meet Boquet Mountain Trail.  Turn right, walk about 500 years to the Mountain Route.  Turn right and go back to trailhead.  (*During hunting season trail is along edge of field before entering the forest.)

Wildway Overlook Trail (1.5 miles, moderate)

Trailhead on Brookfield Road 1/4 mile south of Reynolds Road.  Easy climb to a view of the Champlain valley and Split Rock Wildway wildlife corridor connecting lake Champlain to the Adirondack Mountains.

Split Rock Wild Forest Trails (2 to 6 miles loop, easy to moderate)

Trailhead on Lakeshore Road 5.8 miles south of Essex and 4.7 miles north of Westport.  A series of trails through NY's largest protected forest on Lake Champlain.  Trails go up, over and along this mountain overlooking Lake Champlain with wetlands, little waterfalls, an old quarry, hidden bays and views.

     
Moriah    
    Round Pond Trail (7.8 miles easy)

East trailhead on Ensign Pond Road, 3.5 miles west of Windy Hill Road; West trailhead on Route 9, 2.5 miles south of I-87.  From the east trailhead, the trail climbs slowly to Round Pond, then crosses over and follows East Mill Brook.  It goes over a small mountain and follows the Schroon River to the west trailhead.

Crowfoot Pond Trail (miles, easy)

Trailhead on Tracy Road 1.6 miles eat of Route 9.  This trail follows an old logging road along Crowfoot Brook to Crowfoot Pond

Bartlett Pond - McConley Road Trail (8 miles, easy)

Moriah trailhead at end of Bartlett Pond Road.  Westport trailhead at McConnley Road just west of Stevenson Road.  Trail follows forest seasonal road through "West Champlain Hills" to Mineville. (Good for biking, skiing, lands of Westport, Moriah)

Cheney Mountain Trail (1.5 miles moderate)

Trailhead on Pelfershire Road, 1.6 miles west of Route 22/9N.  Walk across field, enter woods for short uphill hike to summit with three view points:  north up lake, west toward High Peaks, and south to Lake Champlain and Champlain Bride.  Interesting "perch" wetlands on summit.)

Hidden Quarry Trail (.8 mile loop, easy)

Trailhead at end of Footbridge Lane in Elizabethtown.  A short, scenic walk with sites for children to learn about wildlife.

Mountain Spring Road Trail (8-12 miles, easy)

Westport trailhead at junction with Stevenson Road or 2 miles west where seasonal road begins.  Moriah trailhead is first left off Bartlett Pond Road.  Trail follows forested seasonal road through "West Champlain Hills" to Mineville.  Good for biking, skiing (lands of Westport and Moriah).

 

Ticonderoga    
    LaChute River Walk (4 miles easy)

Located at the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum

 

New Russia    
    Bald Peak Trail (8 miles, moderate)

Trailhead 1.3 miles south of New Russia on west side of Route 9.  trail starts flat, crosses a stream, climbs steadily through forest and then follows the stream.  After a mile, it turns left, crosses stream again and climbs steeply to summit with views.

 

Mt. Gilligan Trail (3 miles, moderate)

 

Turn east on Scriver Road off Route 9, 2.5 miles south of New Russia; park

in dirt lot.  Walk over bridge, go right, trailhead on left before the house.  Trail starts flat, goes right up steep, rocky slope to see beautiful views of

Dix Range and Bald Peak.

 

Wadham    
   

Field & Forest Trail (2.7 miles one way or 2.4 mile loop from Boquet River trailhead, easy)

 

East trailhead shared with Bobcat Trail at end of Ferris Road.  As you enter the forest, take left fork, cross an old beaver dam, go through forest and fields to Boquet River Trailhead.  Turn left for 1/2 mile walk to Wadhams. 

The Boquet River Trailhead is 1/2 mile north of Wadhams on County Route 10.

 

Westport    
    Dacy Meadow Farm Trail (2 miles, loop, easy)

Trailhead on Route 9N 2.4 miles west of Westport and 1.7 miles east of I-87, Exit 31.  Trail goes through field, passes over stream and wetland, goes uphill through forest and down to follow a stream.  Crosses stream and returns to trailhead through fields.

Mountain Spring Road Trail (8-12 miles, easy)

Westport trailhead at junction with Stevenson Road or 2 miles west where seasonal road begins.  Moriah trailhead is first left off Bartlett Pond Road.  Trail follows forested seasonal road through "West Champlain Hills" to Mineville.  Good for biking, skiing (lands of Westport and Moriah).

Lee Park Trail (3/4 miles, easy)

Trailhead at Westport at Lee Park at bottom of Washington Street.  From playground, follow Hoisington Brook upstream to footbridge over little waterfall, go through tunnel under Main Street, continue upstream, cross bridge for a scenic walk along stream.

Wood & Swale Trail (2 miles, easy)

South trailhead at fork of Lakeshore Road and Sherman Road.  Trail goes up and down through old forest, then through a pine plantation, skirts by the wet swale and traverses side of hill to north trailhead on Sherman Road. Return on trail or road.

Bartlett Pond - McConley Road Trail (8 miles, easy)

Moriah trailhead at end of Bartlett Pond Road.  Westport trailhead at McConnley Road just west of Stevenson Road.  Trail follows forest seasonal road through "West Champlain Hills" to Mineville. (Good for biking, skiing, lands of Westport, Moriah)

Split Rock Wild Forest Trails (2 to 6 miles loop, easy to moderate)

Trailhead on Lakeshore Road 5.8 miles south of Essex and 4.7 miles north of Westport.  A series of trails through NY's largest protected forest on Lake Champlain.  Trails go up, over and along this mountain overlooking Lake Champlain with wetlands, little waterfalls, an old quarry, hidden bays and views.

Coon Mountain Trail (2 miles, moderate)

Trailhead on Halds Road 3/4 miles west of Lakeshore Road.  Summit Trail follows old logging road uphill, climbs a steep stair step of stones, goes around the shoulder of the mountain to the summit.  Fabulous views!  Hidden Valley Trail (left fork) goes through a diverse forest at base of the mountain and meet Summit Trail.  Return to trailhead or go to the summit.  Beautiful spring wildflower display.

 

Whallomsburg    
    Black Kettle Nature Trail (2 mile loop, easy)

Trailhead on south side of Cooke Road about 200 years west of Leaning Road.  Trail shares with Beaver Pond Flow Trail for about 100 yards.  Take left fork, continue along old woods road to junction with the trail loop.  Turn right to a beautiful overlook, hike through upland woodlands and take short, steep descent to cross a stream.  Continue through forest to a wetland, cross stream again, walk uphill through old field, re-enter forest, pass a huge tree, turn right onto entry trail and follow to trailhead.

Beaver Flow Trail (3 miles or 3 mile loop, easy)

Trailhead shared Black Kettle Nature Trail for about 100 yards.  Take right fork, walk through forest, cross a stream and climb to more level land.  Continue straight past junction with Homestead Trail (on right) and go toward Walker Road.  When approaching south trailhead on Walker road, choose East Route or West Route.  East Route (left) goes to forest entrance to Bobcat Trail and the West Route (right) goes to a meadow entrance.  Homestead Trail proves a return route through forest, across a stream to an old road and moderate incline back to Cooke Road.  Go right on road to trailhead.

Bobcat Trail (2 miles, easy)

Two trailheads on Walker Road about 1 1/4 mile wet of Route 22.  The Forest Route goes through old Christmas tree farm and then regular forest.  The Meadow Route is in an old field.  The two routes meet and go through woods, passing many beaver ponds on easy terrain making it good for skiing.  The south trailhead starts at the end of Ferris Road.

Field & Forest Trail (2.7 miles one way or 2.4 mile loop from Boquet River trailhead, easy)

East trailhead shared with Bobcat Trail at end of Ferris Road.  As you enter the forest, take left fork, cross an old beaver dam, go through forest and fields to Boquet River Trailhead.  Turn left for 1/2 mile walk to Wadhams. 

The Boquet River Trailhead is 1/2 mile north of Wadhams on County Route 10.

Webb-Royce Swamp Overlook Trail (.3 miles easy, handicapped accessible).

Trailhead on Clark road 3/4 mile from Lakeshore Road.  This short, flat gravel-paved trail will have an observation deck for bird watching.

Homestead Trail (2.5 miles, loop, easy)

Trailhead on Cooke Road, 3/4 mile west of Leaning Road.  Trail follows an old road on a gentle downhill slope through forest.  After 1/2 mile, trail turns left off the old road, crosses a stream and meets Beaver Flow Trail.  Follow Beaver Flow Trail south (right) to Walker Road or north (left) back to Cook Road.  Go left on road to trailhead.  (Trail closed 9/30 to 12/15)

     
Willsboro    
   

Poke-a-Moonshine (4 miles, moderate/difficulty) 

 

Two trailheads on Route 9.  The first, 2.8 miles south of I-87 X23, is the older, steeper trail with an overlook along the way.  The second, 4 mile south of I-87 X33, is an easier, longer uphill hike.  It joins the other trail and climbs to the summit featuring a fire tower and panoramic views.

 

Rattlesnake Mountain Trail (3 miles, moderate)

 

Trailhead on Route 22, about 5 miles south of I-87 X33 and 3 miles north of Willsboro.  There is no sign, just a pull-off on east side of the road across from Long Pond Cabins.  Trail is a logging road that turns left onto a foot trail that climbs steeply to the summit with spectacular views.

 

Noblewood Park Trail (1 mile, easy)

 

Trailhead on Route 22 3 miles north of Essex.  Trail provides access to Lake Champlain, a swimming beach and a scenic river delta.  Fee to park inside gate.

 

Teresa Sayward Park Nature Trail (1 mile loop, easy)

 

Trailhead on Essex Road/Route 22, 3.2 miles north of Essex Ferry and 1.3 miles south of bridge over Boquet River in Willsboro.  Trail passes through a   pine forest and along a creek to a rock wall; returns in a flatwoods with seasonally wet area.

 

Big Woods Trail (2 miles loop, easy) - downtown


Two trailheads behind old school house at end of Library Street for the flat upland trail; and at far end of Gilliland Street for the river trail which features an unusual floodplain forest.  The two trails are connected.

 

     
Witherbee    
    Belfry Mountain Trail (.8 miles, easy)

Trailhead on Dalton Hill Road, 3 miles south of Lincoln Pond, 1 mile north of Witherbee.  Short hike to fire tower with views.

 

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                             and is NOT responsible for the actions of anye parties.  This is brought as a public service message only, reported from the Champlain Area Trail map

 

 

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