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Henry Woods


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Henry Woods Preserve is located in the Lake Placid Area. This 212 acre preserve features about four miles of hiking trails away from the busy High Peaks Region. The trails are much easier, although still challenging and feature grand views of some of the high peaks in the area. The trails are dog friendly, unlike the High Peaks Wilderness, so bring your leashed dog. You'll find this little known gem off of Old Military Road along Bear Cub Road, behind the Uihlein Mercy Center.

Directions: Old Military Road to Bear Cub Road in the Lake Placid Area. The trailhead is on the right, soon after turning on Bear Cub Road. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N44 15.824 W73 58.923.

Henry Woods Preserve Trails

Connector Trail - This short 0.3 mile trail takes hikers from the trailhead to the main loop trail. There is a minor ascent to reach the main loop trail. There is a bench as you do the short climb just in case you to take a short break.

Main Loop Trail - This two mile trail loops around the property and intersects with the other trails in the preserve. There are four benches located at various locations along the trail. Located just off the trail is the Bridge To Nowhere. This suspension bridge was constructed by the Adirondack Mountain Club. The bridge leads to a large rock near a small waterfall.

Plateau Trail - This mostly level trail, travels for about a mile with spectacular views along the way. There are four benches along the way, including those that include a view of the Sentinel Range and Wilmington Notch.

Switchback Trail - This 0.25 mile trail is the steepest trail on the preserve and as the name states, features numerous switchbacks to help traveling on the steep terrain.

Rocky Knob Trail - This nearly one mile trail features views of Lake Placid as well as the Great Range. The trail passes a summit known as Rocky Knob.

Most of the trails are suitable for the family and are much easier than the 46er mountains. Plus you normally won't see tons of hikers on the trails compared to other popular, well known destinations in the Lake Placid area. Look below for pictures and a map of the hiking trails. 


Sign and start of connector trail

Kiosk and trail at Henry Woods



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