Taylor Pond Wild Forest

he Taylor Pond Wild Forest is a discontinuous 43,000-acre (174 km2) tract of state land designated as Wild Forest by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in the northeastern Adirondack Park. The tract covers portions of 13 towns in three counties in the region around Taylor Pond, Silver Lake and Union Falls flow, in the town of Franklin in Franklin County and the town of Black Brook in Clinton County.

Other parts of the Wild Forest are in the towns of Ausable, Peru, and Saranac in Clinton County, and the towns of Chesterfield, Elizabethtown, Essex, Jay, Lewis, St. Armand, Westport and Willsboro in Essex County.

Car camping is available at Taylor Pond campground; Poke-O-Moonshine campground is closed. Catamount, Silver Lake, and Poke-O-Moonshine Mountains are popular destinations for hikers in the Wild Forest. There is camping on Union and Franklin Falls ponds.

Activities supported include hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, boating and paddling, horseback riding, snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing.


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New York State
Clinton County
Franklin Falls Pond
Mud Pond
Silver Lake Bog Preserve
Union Falls Pond

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Map: Catamount Trail

Map: Catamount Trail

Catamount is a smaller prominence in the Adirondack High Peaks region, but is considered by many to be one of the classic shorter hikes in the area. It is often overlooked because of it's smaller stature, which is a huge mistake. This mostly bare mountains offer one of the few sustained "Alpine type" peaks. The last 0.8 miles is mostly steep over bare rock with many scrambles and three point hiking challenges. because of it's relative isolation, the views from the summit are first rate. One of the best views of Ester and Whiteface mountain in the entire area.