Franklin County

Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 51,599. Much of Franklin County is within the Adirondack Park. Its Canadian borders are the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. Franklin County is in the northeastern part of New York State. The northern edge is the border with Canada.

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Map: Green Pond

Map: Green Pond

Floodwood Road offers very popular, and highly regulated roadside campsites. Many of these campsites are on ponds such as Poliwog Pond, Floodwood Pond, and Middle Pond, and are drive-in accessible. They get very heavy use in the summer time. If you are planning to camp between June and September, consider the alternatives of Mountain Pond or Jones Pond to the north, which get much less use.

Map: Duck Pond

Map: Duck Pond

The Debar Mountain Wild Forest (DMWF) is located in the northeastern portion of the Adirondack Park, just north of Paul Smiths, and is entirely within Franklin County. The highest point on the unit is Debar Mountain, which, at over 3,300 feet offers a broad distant view of the high peaks region to the south. Some portions of the DMWF have been split from the unit to create the Chazy Highlands Wild Forest, which is located to the northeast of DMWF.

Trails on the unit offer opportunities for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, horse back riding, mountain biking and snowmobiling. Popular destinations within the unit include Debar Mountain, Azure Mountain and Debar Meadows. Other popular pastimes are hunting, fishing, canoeing and boating. Access to the unit's water resources is available at Meacham Lake Campground and Buck Pond Campground, as well as on the St. Regis River, Osgood Pond, Jones Pond, Deer River Flow, Mountain Pond, and Lake Kushaqua. Vehicle access to the unit is provided primarily via NYS Routes 3, 30 and 458. Important local roads for access include county route 26 (Old Route 99), Red Tavern Road, Kushaqua-Mud Pond Road, Gabriels-Onchiota Road, Blue Mountain Road, and Oregon Plains Road.

Map: Middle Pond

Map: Middle Pond

The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest (SLWF) is 79,000 acres of state land in Franklin and Essex Counties. It is situated near the communities of Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Lake Placid.

The unit offers many recreational opportunities, including but not limited to hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, mountain biking, canoeing, hunting, and fishing. Popular hiking attractions include Scarface and Panther Mountains, Fernow Nature Trail, and the Lake Placid Peninsula Nature Trails.

Many people enjoy boating and camping on Upper, Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes.

Debar Mountain Wild Forest – Map

Check out the DEC's website to find out an excellent overview map of Debar Mountain Wild Forest, updated April 2017.

"Trails on the unit offer opportunities for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, horse back riding, mountain biking and snowmobiling. Popular destinations within the unit include Debar Mountain, Azure Mountain and Debar Meadows. Other popular pastimes are hunting, fishing, canoeing and boating. Access to the unit's water resources is available at Meacham Lake Campground and Buck Pond Campground, as well as on the St. Regis River, Osgood Pond, Jones Pond, Deer River Flow, Mountain Pond, and Lake Kushaqua. Vehicle access to the unit is provided primarily via NYS Routes 3, 30 and 458. Important local roads for access include county route 26 (Old Route 99), Red Tavern Road, Kushaqua-Mud Pond Road, Gabriels-Onchiota Road, Blue Mountain Road, and Oregon Plains Road."

Map: Floodwood Pond

Map: Floodwood Pond

One of the most popular route in Fish Creek Ponds in Saranac Wild Forest is the Floodwood Loop.

Drive to the put-in along the Floodwood Road from Saranac Inn off Route 30. Park up by the railroad tracks, and carry boats down to the pond, a short carry of about 75 yards from the parking area. At the take-out point, you can back your vehicle into the water. Paddling is essentially flatwater, with gentle river currents in the river stretches. This is an easy paddle-trip of about five miles or 3 hours, suitable for paddlers of all ages and abilities. Trip can be extended into multiday, looping trips quite easily, as the area is almost as much water as land.

Map: Raquette River Crusher Boat Launch

Map: Raquette River Crusher Boat Launch

The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest (SLWF) is 79,000 acres of state land in Franklin and Essex Counties. It is situated near the communities of Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Lake Placid.

The unit offers many recreational opportunities, including but not limited to hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, mountain biking, canoeing, hunting, and fishing. Popular hiking attractions include Scarface and Panther Mountains, Fernow Nature Trail, and the Lake Placid Peninsula Nature Trails.

Many people enjoy boating and camping on Upper, Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes.

Map: Raquette River Axton Landing

Map: Raquette River Axton Landing

The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest (SLWF) is 79,000 acres of state land in Franklin and Essex Counties. It is situated near the communities of Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Lake Placid.

The unit offers many recreational opportunities, including but not limited to hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, mountain biking, canoeing, hunting, and fishing. Popular hiking attractions include Scarface and Panther Mountains, Fernow Nature Trail, and the Lake Placid Peninsula Nature Trails.

Many people enjoy boating and camping on Upper, Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes.