Discover the Southern Adirondacks
Originally published in 1974 as Walks and Waterways: An Introduction to Adventure, this guidebook was the first hiking guide exclusively devoted to the southern Adirondacks. It remains the most thorough guide available, covering not only the marked trails but all of the traditional footpaths and the best bushwhacks as well.
Although the southern Adirondacks lie only 20 miles from the Mohawk Valley, the state acquired these forests at an early date. As a result, the region boasts of a low road density and an extensive amount of wild, open space. Though logged in the nineteenth century, most of the woods have had sufficient time to return to near old-growth conditions.
The bulk of the region's trails are found in the Ferris Lake Wild Forest, which features dozens of ponds and lakes—most of them reached via an elaborate network of snowmobile trails. These are ideal for day and weekend trips, with many loop and through trip possibilities. The Powley-Piseco Road is a long, gravel road that takes you deep into the forest to access a more remote area with many wilderness attributes.
This edition of Discover the Southern Adirondacks features updated trail information, dozens of photographs, many new route descriptions, and newly redesigned trail maps—making this the definitive guide to the southern Adirondacks.