Discover Big Pine Trail

Short winding trail through a lakeside Pine Forest leading to one of the largest virgin white pine trees in the Adirondack Park. 
TRAIL ACTIVITY
LENGTH
1.2 miles, Network
DIFFICULTY
Easy
TOWNS
Clifton, Fine
SURFACE
Dirt/Forest Floor
PETS
Permitted
FEES
No

Description

From the trailhead, follow the "big pine" trail markers. The trail follows a short downhill and cross a small brook. After a small climb, the trail reaches a junction. The trail to the left travels 0.25 miles to the shores of Cranberry Lake. The trail to the right reaches the Big Pine in 0.1 miles. The Big Pine is more than 4.5 feet in diameter, more than 140 feet tall, and is one of the largest virgin white pine trees in the Adirondack Park. 0.2 miles past the Big Pine, the trail ends at a floating bog with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

Other Information

View the big pine from a distance as to not damage the roots or bark, which is estimated to be over 300 years old.

Trail Manager

The Big Pine Trail is on land maintained by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as part of the Five Ponds Wilderness.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Potsdam Sub-Office

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Potsdam Sub-Office
6739 US 11
Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone: 315-265-3090
information.r6@dec.ny.gov
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Five Ponds Partners

Five Ponds Partners
Jamie Savage
PO Box 115
Wanakena, NY 13695
Phone: 848-2566 X 109
jmsavage@esf.edu
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Trail Tips

Do the Rock Walk
Try to walk on exposed rock, gravel, or snow rather than fragile vegetation like moss, lichen, and small shrubs.
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Trailhead Information

The Big Pine Trailhead can be tough to locate but is used frequently. This unmarked trailhead is located on the right side of South Shore Road just over 1.5 miles after the bridge over the Oswegatchie River. South Shore Road ends just past the trailhead and a small pull off on the right can be used as a landmark for finding the trail. In winter, look for snowshoe and ski tracks entering the woods on the right side of the road.

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