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Black River Wild Forest West-Central Adirondacks
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Black River Wild Forest

Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes Stream Falls

 

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At one time a dam created a large albeit shallow reservoir called Twin Lakes. Only part of the dam remains and Twin Lakes has once again become nothing more than a large wetland area with two small ponds. The trail follows the old service road that lead to the dam. This trail is one of the least traveled in the Adirondacks. You will probably find yourself alone on this trail in the Black River Wild Forest.

The trail is marked as a snowmobile trail. The trail reaches a small wetland at 1.7 miles. The main trail ends at 3.1 miles at the outlet of the old reservoir. It is worth exploring the area with all the unmarked paths. There is no lake here. There are waterfalls on Twin Lakes Stream that is worth a bushwhack to explore.

To reach Twin Lakes Stream Falls simply follow Twin Lakes Stream downstream. There is no trail, so this is a bushwhack. But all you need to do is to follow the stream. There are two waterfalls, the second waterfall is a 12 foot waterfall. This is where a nice hand held GPS device like a Garmin eTrex 20 Handheld GPS Navigator comes in handy.

Directions: From Utica take NY 12 North to NY 28 North at Alder Creek. After crossing the Forestport Reservoir turn right off NY 28 and then right on Woodhull Road. Soon veer left on North Lake Road. At Reeds Pond turn left on Farr Road, immediately cross Black River. After 0.5 miles reach the small parking area on the left. This parking area is plowed in the winter. The GPS coordinates of the small parking area is N43 28.338 W75 00.589.

Start of the Twin Lakes Trail

 

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