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Split Rock Wild Forest Trails

Routes and Trails
The Palisades, part of Split Rock Wild Forest. – Courtesy NYS DEC

Description

The 3,700-acre Split Rock Wild Forest is part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Located in the eastern foothills of the Adirondack Mountains along the shore of Lake Champlain, it comprises the largest tract of undeveloped Lake Champlain shoreline in New York.

The wild forest is named for Split Rock Mountain, the main feature of the area. The Lake Champlain Palisades and Webb Royce Swamp are within its boundaries. The trail system provides many scenic views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont. The Westport Boat Launch Site, located in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest, is the nearest location to launch on the lake and access the shoreline campsites on Split Rock Wild Forest.

Distance And Terrain

Trailhead on Lakeshore Road 5.8 miles south of Essex and 4.7 miles north of Westport. A series of trails through New York’s largest protected forest on Lake Champlain. Trails go up, over, and along this mountain overlooking Lake Champlain with wetlands, little waterfalls, an old quarry, hidden bays, and views. 2- to 6-mile loops, easy to moderate

Highlights And Key Points Along The Route

Trails go up, over, and along this mountain overlooking Lake Champlain with wetlands, little waterfalls, an old quarry, hidden bays, and views.

Identify And Describe The Management Organization

New York State