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Northwestern Adirondacks

Grass River
Wild Forest

 

 

The Grass River Wild Forest is made up of several Forest Preserve parcels that are collectively called the Grass River Wild Forest and the Long Pond and Champion - Tooley Pond Tract Conservation Easements, all in St Lawrence County. Located in the northwest corner of Adirondack Park, these three areas represent approximately 54,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands and conservation easements located in the Towns of Clare, Clifton, Colton and Fine.

This area is bounded on the west and north by the Adirondack Park Blue Line, on the north and east by NY 56, and on the south by NY 3 and the Oswegatchie River.  Tooley Pond Road travels in the heart of the area, allowing great opportunities for adventures in the Wild Forest.  Lampson Falls is the most popular hiking destination in Grass River Wild Forest and you can usually expect to see visitors at the falls. If you're at Cranberry Lake State Campground, you should take the Tooley Pond Road trip for a great day of short hikes. 

The Grass River Wild Forest is located in a lesser traveled corner in the northwestern region of Adirondack Park. Good access to the area via Tooley Pond Road allows many recreational opportunities, including hiking, hunting, trapping and fishing.  While you'll usually find many folks at overly popular Lampson Falls, you may have the trail all to yourself at other locations in Grass River Wild Forest.

There is a designated primitive campsite at the main parking area off Tooley Pond Road that does include a privy if your interested in free primitive camping.  Otherwise you'll find Cranberry Lake State Campground as well as Higley Flow State Park located close by.  There is another designated campsite at the end of the Harper Falls Trail near the falls for those who are looking for a short backpacking trip in the area.

Destinations in Grass River Wild Forest

Lampson Falls Tooley Pond Mountain Tooley Pond
Copper Rock Falls Rainbow Falls Bulk Head Falls
Twin Falls Sinclair Falls Basford Falls
Harper Falls Allen Pond Randall Brook

DEC sign for the popular Lampson Falls along County Route 27

 

Tooley Pond in Grass River Wild Forest

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