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Black River Wild Forest

Central Adirondack Trail, State Rt. 28, near McKeever in Herkimer County

These hiking and mountain biking trails can be accessed in McKeever, where Route 28 crosses the Moose River.

The Black River Wild Forest is located in the south-western foothills of the Adirondack Park and is comprised of over 121,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands in Herkimer, Lewis, Hamilton, and Oneida counties. The Black River flows in a generally east-west direction through the middle of the area. A considerable number of interior, privately-owned parcels exist to which jeep trails extend from the public highways. Relatively low hills interspersed with small swamp areas covered with second growth hardwoods are common on the more fertile soils, while spruce and fir are typical along water courses. There are many great mountain biking opportunities.

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Closest Byway:Central Adirondack Trail
Distance from Byway:near
Closest Route #:State Rt. 28
Indoors or Outdoors:outdoor
Admission Fee:no
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The trailhead is located in the town of McKeever, about 10 miles southwest from Old Forge on NY 28 (where it crosses the Moose River).

URL:Black River Wild Forest website


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