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Best trails in Old Forge

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Looking for a great trail near Old Forge, New York? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Adirondack State Park or Whetstone Gulf State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Fulton Chain Wild Forest or Horseshoe Lake Forest. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Old Forge ranging from 2 to 170.6 miles and from 1,541 to 2,644 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Old Forge
Top trails (11)
#1 - Bald Mountain (Rondaxe Fire Tower)
Fulton Chain Wild Forest
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
The total distance to hike to the summit of Bald Mountain is just under a mile and the ascent is about 500 feet to reach the 2350 foot summit. The start of the hike is a deceptively easy walk in the woods, but fairly soon you come to the steepest section where you climb a widely eroded trail up onto the top of the descending ridge. Soon after you begin to top out you come to the first of several intermediate view points. After that the trail follows the spine of the ridge with a few minor ups and downs. This ridge top trail leads over bedrock much of the way, and portions of that bedrock are relatively pointed little ridges with less than a foot wide path on the top. For those who find this uncomfortable, there are herd paths down in the woods by which you can skirt the most challenging sections. The Rondaxe Fire Tower, located on the summit, has been restored so that you can climb up for the best views. The summit area is open, quite long and can easily accommodate a large number of hikers. Don't expect to be alone during this nearly two mile round trip hike, as it is very popular. There are fantastic views from the fire tower and also from the many view points along the trail.Show more
#2 - Nicks Lake Loop Trail
Black River Wild Forest
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
#3 - Woodhull Mountain Trail
Black River Wild Forest
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Length: 14.4 mi • Est. 6 h 37 m
Note: As of August 16, 2020, users have reported that the Yellow path to Bear lake is poorly maintained impossible to follow. Additionally, the fire tower is closed due to COVID-19. Woodhull Mountain, located six miles south of Old Forge is a 15.2 mile RT hike that offers excellent views. From the State Land parking lot in McKeever (between Otter lake and Minnehaha, on Route 28), travel on foot (or mountain bike or cross country skis) about five miles on a relatively flat dirt road. Proceed past the turnoff to Remsen Falls to a clearing with a bridge. Cross the bridge, stow the bikes or skis and continue on the trail about 2.5 mi to the summit. The trail is never steep but climbs slowly to a fire tower on top with excellent views all around.Show more
#4 - Gull Lake Trail
Old Forge, New York
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 29 m
#5 - Maple Ridge
Adirondack State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
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#6 - Remsen Falls
Black River Wild Forest
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
#7 - Vista Trail Eagle Bay
Old Forge, New York
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
#8 - Gull Lake via Mill Brook Road
Black River Wild Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
Perhaps the shortest route to a lean-to in all the Adirondacks, Gull Lake via Mill Brook Road is an easy hike for everyone! While you can hike directly from the Bear Creek Parking Area, you can continue down the road to a smaller parking area that is much closer to the lake. With a beautiful lake waiting as a reward, along with a lean-to not 25 feet from the shore, this is one that is not to be missed. There are even canoes and paddles at the shore that one can use for further adventures and exploring in the wilderness! If you plan on making this a camping destination, there are multiple trails that connect very close by, such as Chub Pond, Big Woodhull Lake, and Sand Lake. This is an outdoor enthusiasts dream!Show more
#9 - Woodhull Lake via Bear Lake and McKeever State Land Parking Lot
Black River Wild Forest
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
#10 - North Country Trail: Old Forge to Crown Point
Adirondack State Park
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Length: 170.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
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