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Hiking in Adirondack Park
The 45,637 acre Taylor Pond Wild Forest is a collection of state lands located northeast from Whiteface Mountain. The main parts of the Taylor Pond Wild Forest is located in the region around Taylor Pond, Silver Lake and Union Falls Flow, in the Franklin County Town of Franklin and the Clinton County Town of Black Brook. Other sections of Taylor Pond Wild Forest are located in the Towns of Au Sable, Peru, and Saranac in Clinton County, and the Towns of Chesterfield, Elizabethtown, Essex, Jay, Lewis, St. Armand, Westport and Willsboro in Essex County.
The summits of Silver Lake Mountain, Poke-O-Moonshine and Catamount Mountain are the three most popular hiking destinations in Taylor Pond Wild Forest. A number of rivers and ponds provide excellent kayaking opportunities. There is also extensive use of primitive campsites on Franklin Falls and Union Falls Ponds as well as several other camping areas in the Wild Forest. Another great hike is hiking to Mud Pond.
The Nature Conservancy owns the Silver Lake Bog Preserve, which features a boardwalk trail that travels through a swamp forest near Silver Lake. The trail leads to a 200 foot bluff overlooking Silver Lake with spectacular views. A network of trails surrounds the 813 acre Taylor Pond. Most of the trails follow sections of old roads, creating the 8.9 mile Taylor Pond Loop with the main trailhead at Taylor Pond State Campground. The campground is located along Silver Lake Road. Some of the network of trails explore the southern shore of Silver Lake as well.
Destinations in Taylor Pond Wild Forest
Silver Lake Mountain Poke-O-Moonshine Catamount Mountain Silver Lake Bog Mud Pond Taylor Pond Loop Carl Mountain Rattlesnake Mountain Mount Fay
Silver Lake Bog Trail
The maps below are courtesy of Andy Arthur from AndyArthur.org
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