Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest

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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.

At 3,386 feet (1,032 m), Vanderwhacker Mountain is the highest in the Wild Forest with a developed foot trail, and fourth highest overall; because of its isolated location, it provides some of the best views of the High Peaks from the south in the Park, as well as views of the Hudson. There are also trails to Stony Pond, Lester Flow, and the Boreas River.

Hiking trails are planned to Moxham Mountain and Wolf Pond, along with trails that will connect the Visitor interpretive center at Newcomb to Santanoni Preserve, and the reopening of Nordic ski trails connecting to Little Gore near the village of North Creek. Snowmobile trails are planned between Minerva and Newcomb, and between Pottersville and Schroon Lake.

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