The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that a 0.3-mile trail has been completed in the Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract, located in the town of Long Lake, Hamilton County. The trail connects the public parking lot with a canoe put-in on the northeast shore of Mud Pond, providing a shorter route to the pond and easier access to three primitive campsites established on the easement earlier this year.
Two campsites are located on the east side of Mud Pond and one on the north shore. The tent-only sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. Designated sites are marked with a yellow “Camp Here” disc. The 590-acre Mud Pond Area, which is open to public use year-round, also offers hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, hunting, and winter recreation opportunities. Campers and other visitors to the Cedarlands Conservation Easement are reminded to carry out what they carry in, be careful with campfires, and follow the seven Principles of Leave No Trace.
The 4,890-acre Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract features two water bodies, Mud Pond and McRorie Lake (previously known as Rock Pond), and two prominent mountains, Rock Pond Mountain and Mud Pond Mountain. The public portion of the easement lands is divided into the Mud Pond Area and the 3,300-acre McRorie Lake Area, which is open to public use from August 24 through June 23. An additional designated campsite and a lean-to are located on the shores of McRorie Lake. There is no public use of the adjacent Base Camp Area.
There are more than 900,000 acres of conservation easement lands managed by DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests in New York State. Conservation easements are partnerships between DEC and private landowners wherein the private landowner retains the right to manage the property for purposes such as sustainable timber production while providing additional outdoor recreation opportunities for the public and protecting open space by limiting development. Before visiting a conservation easement please review the specific regulations that apply to that place. Additional information about public recreation opportunities on the Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract can be found on DEC’s website.