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McKenzie Mountian Wilderness Area

Olympic Byway, State Rt. 3, near Saranac Lake in Franklin County

The McKenzie Mountain Wilderness includes State Forest Preserve lands in the Towns of North Elba, St. Armand and Wilmington.

The area's major natural features are McKenzie Mountain, Moose Mountain and the western slopes of Whiteface Mountain. The Saranac and Ausable rivers, Moose and McKenzie Ponds, Lake Placid and the Franklin Falls Reservoir are large boundary waters, but also includes small interior waters like Bartlett Pond, Loch Bonnie and Lincoln and French brooks. Known for hiking trails on McKenzie, Moose and Haystack mountains, hunting, camping and fishing the brook trout streams and interior border waters and camping on their shores. Access trailhead can be found on Route 86 in Ray Brook between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.

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Saranac Lake

Closest Byway:Olympic Byway
Distance from Byway:on
Closest Route #:State Rt. 3
Months Occurring:january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november and december
Best Season:spring, summer, fall and winter
Indoors or Outdoors:outdoor
Admission Fee:no


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