Piercefield

A vibrant history

The town of Piercefield, New York, was founded in 1801 in a portion of the western Adirondacks that later became part of St. Lawrence County. At the turn of the 19th Century, the town was setting records -- it became well-known for having the largest hydropower dam in New England, and it's home to the highest producing sugarbush in the world!

In those days paper mills were booming, the logging industry was growing, spring water was being bottled at a record speed, and Piercefield, NY was thriving. The mill closed in 1933 and slowly the town of Piercefield transitioned from a booming industrial community to a tranquil residential and vacation home area just a few miles west of Tupper Lake.

Piercefield's roots haven't been forgotten. The history of this mill town still lives on at the Piercefield Museum, which is located in the former Piercefield School on Waller Street.

The Adirondacks at its best

A variety of hamlets comprise the town of Piercefield, including the villages of Piercefield, Childwold, Conifer, Mount Arab, Eagle Craig, Gale, and Gull Pond.

Visitors and residents alike consider Piercefield a gold mine of breathtaking natural attractions such as the Horseshoe Wilderness area, which is home to Horseshoe Pond, Bog River Falls, Hitchens Pond, and Low's Ridge. Located west of the village of Piercefield is Massawepie Mire, the largest peatland in New York state. Birders from across the region flock to the Mire for a glimpse of the increasingly rare Spruce Grouse, more than 18 species of warblers, and the common loon. The nearby Mount Arab is a popular year-round hiking trail which takes you to a beautifully restored fire tower and ranger cabin complete with an active steward and interpretive program to complement the breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape.

Explore a four-season playground

Piercefield shines in the summer! The backcountry is never far away, making this Adirondack town an ideal base camp for hiking, paddling, fishing, biking, and camping.

In the winter, Piercefield's trails become a haven for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. The Childwold Snowpackers, one of the oldest snowmobile clubs in New York, meticulously groom and maintain the trails. Riders not only populate the trails here; they can also be found congregating at the popular snowmobile destination the Thirsty Moose Pub & Grub in Childwold.

But that isn't all that Piercefield has to offer. Browse through the listings below to learn more about what makes this Adirondack town so cool.

Pine Pond To access Pine Pond you will need to paddle across Massawepie Lake and locate the western most bay... Read More
Lower Horseshoe Ponds Lower Horseshoe Ponds is not an official name for these unnamed ponds. The road you will be parking... Read More
Massawepie Lake The major boat launch for Massawepie Lake is a very popular destination and over the years has even... Read More
Boottree Pond The carry trail follows an old forested road, long since changed over to a foot path. The trail... Read More
Burntbridge Pond from Massawepie This can only be accessed from September 1st to June 14th when the Boy Scout camp is not in session... Read More
Lows Upper Dam to Lows Lake The ever so popular Lows Lake is a long approach for a day outing and should be part of a multi-day... Read More
Piercefield Flow | Fishing Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in Tupper Lake follow... Read More
The Thirsty Moose The Thirsty Moose Pub & Grub Located in Childwold, NY, The Thirsty Moose Pub & Grub is an... Read More
Mount Arab Mount Arab is a fire tower peak that's a short drive to Piercefield from Tupper Lake. This popular... Read More
Round Pond Round Pond is a part of a chain of ponds and lakes on the Massawepie Scout Camp property. A carry... Read More
Pine Pond To access Pine Pond you will need to paddle across Massawepie Lake and locate the western most bay... Read More
Town Line Pond From the large parking area you can locate the trail in the back and follow it to an open shoreline... Read More
Bog River Trail From the gate, pass through and ski along an old road and approach an old bridge over the Bog River... Read More
Piercefield Flow The Piercefield Flow is a section of the Raquette River that has been flooded due to a... Read More
Horseshoe Pond Horseshoe is possibly the most attractive pond in the Massawepie Area and one that might be... Read More
Leather Artisan The Leather Artisan custom handcrafts, from the highest quality domestic leathers, a wide variety... Read More
Piercefield Flow Boat Launch Piercefield Flow Boat Launch Located right outside of the Hamlet of Piercefield, the Piercefield... Read More
Douglas Rock This small peak is obscure with no real trail to the summit; but does have a series of logging... Read More
Horseshoe Lake Horseshoe Lake is located in the Horseshoe Wild Forest. Along the southern shore there is ample... Read More
Little Pine Pond This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS... Read More
Boottree Pond The carry trail follows an old forested road, long since changed over to a foot path. The trail... Read More
Lows Upper Dam to Lows Lake The ever so popular Lows Lake is a long approach for a day outing and should be part of a multi-day... Read More
Bog River & Bog River Falls - Upstream This section of the Bog River is very scenic, but you can only go upstream so far. The put in is to... Read More
Piercefield Museum In a large classroom on the second floor of the former Piercefield School, you will find a treasure... Read More

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