Discover Clear Pond Trails

Remote foot trail connecting three pristine glacial ponds with an accessible campsite and facilities at the trailhead.
TRAIL ACTIVITY
LENGTH
6.5 miles, Network
DIFFICULTY
Easy, Moderate
TOWN
Parishville
SURFACE
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Ungroomed Snow
PETS
Permitted
FEES
No

Description

Clear Pond Trail travels 5.6 miles south from the trailhead at Clear Pond to its terminus on a gated forest road 0.6 miles west of Joe Indian Road. Along the way, the trail passes three remote glacial ponds, Clear Pond (0.1 miles), Long Pond (2.3 miles), and finally Lilypad Pond (4 miles).

The nearly five mile round-trip to Long Pond is a popular day hike. This middle pond is lined with hemlock and stands of white pine and is an excellent year-round destination. For hikers seeking a shorter excursion, the primitive trail that loops around the south side of Clear Pond makes a 1.4-mile loop hike when connected with the Clear Pond Trail.

The Clear Pond Trailhead also features numerous accessible facilities, including an accessible path to the water's edge and designated accessible parking, and an accessible tent camping site across the road. The campsite features an accessible privy, a large area with a hardened surface, and an accessible picnic table with a great view of the pond.

Other Information

Primitive campsites are located at each pond, one each at Lilypad and Long Ponds, and several surrounding Clear Pond.

Trail Manager

The Clear Pond Trails are located in White Hill Wild Forest, which is managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Potsdam Sub-Office

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Potsdam Sub-Office
190 Outer Main Street - Suite 103
Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone: 315-265-3090
information.r6@dec.ny.gov
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Trailhead Information

The Clear Pond Trailhead is south of Parishville at the end of Clear Pond Road, 2 miles off of White Hill Road.

Clear Pond Road is an unplowed snowmobile trail in the winter. For winter access, park at White Hill Road and travel 2 miles down Clear Pond Road to the trailhead.

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