Hamilton County

Hamilton County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. Its county seat is Lake Pleasant. It is one of only two counties that lie entirely within the Adirondack Park (Essex is the other). As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,836, making it the least populous county in New York. It is also the most sparsely populated county in the eastern half of the United States, with a population density of just over three people per square mile.

Hamilton County is in the north central part of the state, northwest of Albany. It lies entirely within Adirondack Park and consists mostly of publicly owned parkland. As the tourist folk will tell you, there is no permanent traffic light in the county.


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New York State
Auger Falls
Blue Mountain Lake Wild Forest
Blue Ridge Wilderness
Boreas Pond Tract
Essex Chain Lakes Complex
Fawn Lake
Indian Lake
Indian Lake, New York
Jessup River Wild Forest
Limekiln Lake
Limekiln Lake, NY
Moose River Plains
Northampton Campground
Sargent Ponds WF
Sargent Ponds Wild Forest
Siamese Pond Wilderness
Silver Lake Wilderness
Thirteenth Lake
Utowana Lake
West Canada Lake Wilderness
William C. Whitney Wilderness

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Map: Kunjamuk River To Elm Lake

Map: Kunjamuk River To Elm Lake

A popular paddle is from the Kunjamunk Bay in Spectulator up to Elm Lake. Elm Lake is quite scenic and it's a nice day trip, but crossing beaver dams on the Kunjamunk River is often not fun, as the river banks are mucky and water deep around the river banks. About halfway, you can stop at the bridge, and hike back to a man-made cave carved into Cave Mountain. The cave isn't real deep but still an interesting fascination.