Discover Red Sandstone Trail

Four-season trail along the west bank of the Raquette River from Hannawa Falls to Sugar Island, just south of Potsdam Village.
4.6 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Pierrepont, Potsdam
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Pavement/Cement, Grass, Stairways/Ladders


The Red Sandstone trail, maintained by the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, offers great views of the Raquette River through varying terrain. Beginning at the South entrance, the trail follows the Raquette River rapids and passes a quarry and dam before meeting a junction at 1.5 miles. At the junction is the parking area for the north entrance of the trail. The trail continues north, turning to the right and crossing a stairway over the aqueduct pipeline. The trail on the other side of pipe hugs the shoreline closely as it travels north.

The trail forks near the entrance to Sugar Island, bearing right, the trail continues on a loop around Sugar Island with an option to take a left for a shorter loop, or continue straight for a longer circumnavigation of the island.

There are interpretive signs provided by the Adirondack Mountain Club throughout the trail which detail the history of the Raquette River and the local area. This is a great trail for all ages and can be used for a short mid-day outing, or half a day of exploration.

The trails on Sugar Island are open year-round and offer over two miles of cross-country skiing in the winter.

Other Information


This trail is part of the Great 8 Challenge. Learn more!




Trail Manager

The Red Sandstone Trail is coordinated by the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, maintained by the St. Lawrence County Youth Conservation Corps, and is on land owned by Brascan Power N.Y./Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P.

Adirondack Mountain Club - Laurentian Chapter (Red Sandstone)

Adirondack Mountain Club - Laurentian Chapter (Red Sandstone)
Red Sandstone Trail Coordinator
Blair Madore
Phone: 315-261-0751
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Trailhead Information

Southern access: Parking is available on the east side of Mill Street across the street from the Hannawa Falls Fire Department

Northern access: Parking is available at the end of the dirt access road off of County Road 138 (“Back Hannawa Road”) across from Sweeney Road.

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