The Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest is a 92,000-acre (370 km2) tract made up of almost 2 dozen non-contiguous parcels that are designated as Wild Forest by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in the central Adirondack Park. The area contains 44 ponds and small lakes, and portions of the Hudson and Boreas Rivers. The area supports hiking, birding, snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, hunting, camping, canoeing, and fishing. The area is served by NY-28.

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New York State
Essex County
Balfour Lake
Blue Ledges
Camp Santanoni
Goodnow Mountain
Hewitt Eddy Trail
Lester Flow and Cheney Pond
Rankin Pond
Santanoni Preserve

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Map: Blue Ledges Trail

Map: Blue Ledges Trail

The trail to the Blue Ledges ends up at a beautiful spot on the Hudson River on the bank opposite the tall cliffs called the Blue Ledges. The cliffs rise over 300 feet and are spectacular! The river makes a right angle bend at this location and is filled with big boulders which, depending on water levels, may be well above the flow or part of a huge white water. There is also a section of sandy bank shore for those who like to wade. At the trailhead, follow the Blue DEC trail markers.